The Department has a one year funded research position which is filled by a physician who has satisfactorily completed an approved residency in General Surgery. The research fellow conducts and participates in ongoing basic science and clinical colorectal research under direction of the Colorectal Staff.

Colon and Rectal fellows are urged to conduct clinical research using the vast number of patient records available. In addition, they are invited to participate in on-going clinical studies conducted by staff members of the department. Colon and Rectal fellows are required to write at least one paper for possible publication or presentation at a medical meeting during the academic year. They are given the opportunity of attending at least one national medical meeting during the year with expenses paid. In addition, financial assistance is available for fellows who are presenting papers at other major medical meetings.

The Departmental Anorectal Physiology Laboratory is fully equipped to conduct comprehensive evaluations of patients with colorectal problems. Anal manometry, pudendal nerve terminal motor latency, EMG (concentric needle and single fiber), and intra-rectal and intra-anal ultrasonography are utilized by the department in studies of fecal continence, constipation, and pre- and post-operative evaluation of patients for sphincter conservation surgery (for inflammatory bowel disease and anorectal malignancies).

The Colonscopy Suite features three video endoscope equipped examining rooms. Data generated by the colonoscopic examinations is fed into the department's central computer for use in ongoing studies and investigations.

If you have questions about how to get involved in clinical research at Ochsner, please contact the Department of Clinical Research Support at 504-842-4685.