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Welcome to the Department of Surgery at Tulane University School of Medicine. One of the oldest academic surgical departments in the United States, the historic accomplishments of our faculty and residents are well-known throughout the world. Combining tradition with cutting-edge technology, and the enthusiastic spirit of advancing surgical sciences, the Tulane Department of Surgery is a respected choice for patients seeing the best in comprehensive healthcare, and for fellows, students and residents determined to learn and contribute to the future of surgery.


The Department of Surgery is comprised of seven divisions:  General Surgery, Endocrine & Oncological Surgery, Minimally Invasive Surgery,  Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Pediatric Surgery, Abdominal Organ Transplant (Liver-Kidney-Pancreas), and Trauma and Critical Care Surgery.  Within these divisions are multiple sub-specialties as well as initiatives devoted to surgical research and medical education. Our surgeons provide care at Tulane Medical Center in New Orleans, LA and Tulane Hospital – Lakeside in Metairie, LA, and our residents rotate across facilities located throughout Louisiana in order to gain diverse and exceptional surgical experience.

We are proud of the people who make up our Department of Surgery team, from staff to residents, fellows, and faculty. I invite you to explore our website, and to contact any member of our department should you wish to learn more.

In honor of a medical pioneer please consider contributing to the Norman E. McSwain, Jr., MD Trauma Conference. You will be honoring Dr. McSwain's lifelong dedication to trauma care and education.

It's easy to give! You can give over the phone at 504.314.7380 or on the web at

What's New?

umc spirit of charity trauma center named for Dr. Norman McSwain

UMC Trauma Center renamed for Dr. Norman McSwain
The region's only Level I Trauma Center now bears the name of an internationally renown trauma surgeon. The center at University Medical Center is now the Norman E. McSwain, Jr., M.D. Spirit of Charity Trauma Center.

Click on the picture at left to view the WWL-TV feature.

nicholas pashos interview

Nicholas Pashos, a Tulane Medical School student working on his doctorate in bio-innovation, has doctors talking about his work to help breast cancer survivors in the United States feel whole again.  Our faculty members, Dr. Abigail Chaffin and  Dr. Mimi Sammarco have been working with Nicholas on this research.

Click on the picture at left to view his WWL-TV interview.

Tulane Medical Center is proud to now offer Bariatric Surgery.

Dr. Chris Ducoin's WWL TV interview

Dr. Christopher DuCoin recently performed the first POEM (Peroral Endoscopic Myotomy) surgery in the Gulf South. Click on Dr. DuCoin's picture at left to view his WWL-TV interview.