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The Department of Surgery has divisions in Cardiothoracic Surgery, General Surgery, Pediatric Surgery, Plastic Surgery, Transplant Surgery, and Vascular Surgery. The division of General Surgery includes Acute Care/Critical Care, Bariatrics & Foregut, Breast, Endocrine, and Surgical Oncology. There is a separate Department of Colon and Rectal Surgery, through which all General Surgery residents rotate during their first and fifth years.
On Staff at Ochsner for 21 years. Dr. Adolph has always been actively involved in Resident recruitment and education. He is a strong advocate for the Residents and the training program, having been the Associate Program Director of Surgery Program for last 8 years. Section Head of Pediatric Surgery and Medical Director of ECMO Program for 16 years. Teacher of the Year for the Surgery Department 3 times in the last 8 years. Currently also serving as Interim Chair of the Pediatrics Department.
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Dr. Babin's practice involves Acute Care Surgery and Trauma/Critical Care, in addition
to elective General Surgery. He
has special interest in abdominal wall reconstruction, intensive care performance improvement, and Robotic
Resident education and training are a central part of his practice and he is heavily involved with resident
and simulation training. He believes resident autonomy is key to develop the clinical skills necessary to
independently and actively involves them in all phases of patient care.
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Dr. Babycos earned his medical degree from Tulane where he also completed his surgical
internship and residency. He
completed a plastic surgery fellowship at Tulane followed by a fellowship with the Australian Craniofacial
Adelaide, Australia. Dr. Babycos is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, a member of the American
Plastic Surgeons, and has been on staff at Ochsner since 1995. He is board certified in surgery and plastic
Babycos specializes in plastic and reconstructive surgery with specific interests in craniofacial and
including aesthetic, breast, and reconstructive surgeries.
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Dr. Aditya Bansal is a Senior Staff Surgeon and Surgical Director of Mechanical
Circulatory Support and Adult ECMO here
at Ochsner Medical Center. Dr. Bansal was born and raised in India. He completed his General Surgery
training at Henry
Ford Hospital in Detroit and then his Cardiothoracic Surgery residency and Thoracic Transplant and
Circulatory Support fellowships at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Subsequently, he joined
Pittsburgh as an Assistant Professor of Surgery before joining Ochsner Medical Center.
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Hernan Bazan, MD FACS is a Professor, Section of Vascular/Endovascular Surgery, Dept.
of Surgery and a Program Director,
Vascular Surgery 5+2 year fellowship program. Dr Bazan has a busy clinical practice and is devoted to
and resident teaching. He has received numerous teaching awards in the past, including medical student
from the Ochsner/University of Queensland School of Medicine and Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, and the
Arthur Auufses, Jr. Award at Mt. Sinai for mentoring of junior residents.
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Dr. Blackstock is a staff vascular surgeon and joined Ochsner in 2022. He earned his M.D. at the Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans and completed his training in Vascular Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Blackstock offers surgical therapies for nearly all areas of vascular disease including thoracic and abdominal aortic aneurysms, carotid artery disease, peripheral arterial disease, chronic-limb threatening ischemia, thoracic outlet syndrome, hemodialysis access, and venous disease (including varicose veins). During his training at Penn, Dr. Blackstock gained a robust experience using cutting-edge technologies such as branched and fenestrated endografts for the treatment of thoracic and thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysms. Through his proficiency in performing open surgery, complex endovascular, and hybrid approaches, Dr. Blackstock is equipped to treat the most complex vascular disease and develop a surgical strategy tailored to the individual patient.
In addition to being clinically active in offering advanced surgeries to his patients, Dr. Blackstock has a strong understanding and appreciation for vascular biology. Prior to medical school, Dr. Blackstock completed his Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences from Tulane University with a focus in atherosclerosis. His dissertation work helped elucidate the understanding of cell signaling pathways in human aortic smooth muscle and identified a novel mechanism by which insulin-like growth factor enhances collagen synthesis. These findings may have implications in treating major vascular pathologies including aneurysms and peripheral arterial disease. Dr. Blackstock has interest in continuing his studies in the biomedical sciences with aims to develop novel therapies that provide for more specific and effective treatments for patients.
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Dr. Humberto Bohorquez, is a general surgeon with subsequent fellowship training in
abdominal transplantation. He is the
director of pancreas transplant surgery. He is lecturer with the University of Queensland. He has mentored
first year medical school to final year residency. His areas of interests include organ allocation, liver,
pancreas transplantation and liver surgery.
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Dr Bolton is the senior surgeon on the Upper GI Surgical Oncology service. This is a
volume, complex service with
no post-graduate fellows, so it is a key rotation, both for the PGY1 resident who is focused on
of complex patients, and for the senior resident who serves as a junior partner on the service and gains
operative experience and experience with complex decision making for difficult surgical problems. It is an
and in many ways a formative experience for our general surgery residents and a source of tremendous
Dr. Bolton to be a part of. In addition, he is the Chairman Emeritus of the Department of Surgery and former
Director for the surgical residency program. Dr. Bolton conducts the weekly Patient Safety and Grand Rounds
on Wednesday morning, as well as a Chief Resident Clinical Conference each spring designed to sharpen the
residents' decision-making ability as they prepare for practice and their Oral Board exams. There are
typically one or
two clinical research projects in progress and one or more presentations at national meetings each year.
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Dr. Nathan Bolton received his Doctor of Medicine from Louisiana State University
Health Sciences Center in New Orleans
and completed his General Surgery residency at Ochsner, where he served as chief resident of the General
program. He moved on to complete a Surgical Oncology fellowship at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York before
home to Ochsner as a member of the Upper GI/HPB Surgical Oncology team. He is a member of the resident
committee and has an active interest in surgical resident training.
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Dr. Russell Brown earned a Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Texas
Health Sciences Center School of
Medicine located in Houston, TX. He then completed a General Surgery Residency at the Ochsner Clinic
Brown went on to complete a Surgical Oncology Fellowship at the University of Louisville. He is board
certified by the
American Board of Surgery.
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Dr. Bruce has been a member of the Ochsner faculty since 2008. His clinical interests
include liver, kidney, and pancreas transplantation, as well as robotic living donor nephrectomy. After
graduating from the
University of Michigan Medical
School in 1985, he did his general surgery residency at University of Chicago, where he also completed a
research fellowship in immunology and a clinical fellowship in liver and kidney transplant surgery. He was a
member of the University
Chicago faculty from 1995 to 2000. Since 2012, Dr. Bruce has been active in medical informatics at Ochsner,
spends most of his non-clinical time working on Epic implementation for both the transplant program and the
as a whole.
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Dr. Emily Bugeaud completed her undergraduate and medical degrees at the University of Michigan. She then went on to
complete her residency in General Surgery at the University of Chicago. During her clinical training, she simultaneously
earned her doctorate in immunology from the University of Chicago studying the role of bacterial infections in
transplantation tolerance. Dr. Bugeaud then went on to continue her clinical training in Abdominal Organ
Transplantation, completing her fellowship at the University of Wisconsin. Dr. Bugeaud joined the Ochsner Multi-Organ
Transplant Institute in August 2014 with an interest in liver, kidney and pancreas transplant as well as organ donation,
including living donation.
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Dr. Ian C. Carmody is a general surgeon with subsequent training in abdominal
transplantation, trauma and critical care. During his training he was awarded two teaching awards. He is an
associate professor with the
University of Queensland
and the medical director of the Louisiana Organ Procurement Association. He has mentored trainees from first
year medical school to final year residency. He is involved in the medical school curriculum as well as the
fellowship program. His areas of interests include organ allocation, biliary complications, hepatocellular
carcinoma and history of transplantation.
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Dr. Ari J. Cohen is a general surgeon with subsequent fellowship training in abdominal
transplantation. He is the section head of Abdominal Transplant Surgery and Director of the transplant
laboratory. He is a
Professor of Surgery
with the University of Queensland School of Medicine, Ochsner Clinical School and the president of the
board at the Louisiana Organ Procurement Association. He has mentored trainees from first year medical
year residency. He is involved in the medical school curriculum as well as the abdominal transplant
program. His areas of interests include organ allocation, liver, kidney and pancreas transplantation.
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Dr. Jessica Dahle completed her fellowship training in Endocrine Surgery at Duke University and is the faculty member of
the Endocrine Surgery service. Fourth year surgical residents rotate on the Endocrine Surgery service, a one-on-one
apprenticeship model service designed to teach senior level residents comprehensive understanding of endocrine disorders
of the adrenal, parathyroid, and thyroid glands. Endocrine surgical techniques are taught with graduated responsibility
to build operative skills in robotic and open adrenalectomy, minimally invasive surgery parathyroidectomy,
thyroidectomy, and lymph node dissection. Dr. Dahle is also actively involved in resident recruitment, didactics, and
medical student education.
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Dr Dozier completed his general surgery internship and residency at Rutgers University NJMS in Newark, New Jersey.
During his residency, he completed a two-year research fellowship focusing on immunotherapy for thoracic malignancies at
Memorial Sloan Kettering in New York. He completed his fellowship in cardiothoracic surgery at The Ohio State University
in Columbus, Ohio. Dr. Dozier has been on staff at Ochsner since 2022. He specializes in removing both benign and
malignant tumors of the lung, esophagus, mediastinum chest wall, trachea, and diaphragm. He has a special clinical
interest in robotic surgery. Dr. Dozier's research interests include immunotherapy and healthcare disparities. He has
published 10 peer-reviewed scientific papers and presented his work at several international conferences.
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Dr. Elder is originally from Tulsa, OK. She received her medical degree from Michigan
University College of Human Medicine after completing a degree in Neurobiology at the University of Miami.
surgery training at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, FL. She then completed subspeciality training in breast
surgical oncology at Atrium Health/Levine Cancer Institute in Charlotte, NC.
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Dr. Michael Friel serves as the Surgical Director of Ochsner’s Cleft
Program. Dr. Friel is a double-fellowship trained, triple-board certified surgeon (American Board of
American Board of
Plastic Surgery and
American Board of Plastic Surgery Hand Subspecialty). He serves as a section editor for Annals of Plastic
Surgery and serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Craniofacial Surgery. He is reviewer for Plastic
the Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal, and Microsurgery.
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Dr. Salim Hosein is a General and Bariatric Surgeon who returned to Ochsner in 2023 following several years of practice in Southern Illinois. He is a graduate of the Aga Khan University Medical College. He completed his Surgery Residency training at Brown University & Ochsner, before additional fellowship training in Minimally Invasive and Bariatric Surgery at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. His interests include bariatric (weight loss) and anti-reflux surgeries, hernia repair and resident education.
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Dr. Jessie earned his undergraduate degree from Xavier University of Louisiana and his medical degree from Tulane University School of Medicine. He subsequently completed his general surgery residency at the then National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda and his fellowship in Trauma/Surgical Critical Care at the University of Maryland R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center. Prior to joining the faculty at Ochsner, he was an Associate Program Director for nine years at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, where he was also the Chief of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery. There he won multiple awards for resident education both in and outside of the operating room. He retired in 2023 after 21 years of active-duty service in the Navy. He has special interest in abdominal wall reconstruction, the use of robotics in Acute Care Surgery, and resident and medical student education.
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Dr Johnston joined the Ochsner staff in 2017. He completed his General Surgery
the University of Virginia and a proceeded to train in Colon and Rectal Surgery at the Lahey Clinic. His
interests are colon
and rectal cancer,
inflammatory bowel disease, diverticulitis, anorectal disorders, and abdominal wall reconstruction. Dr.
is committed to fostering the residents’ exposure and interest in all aspects of Colon and Rectal surgery.
in working with the residents on any research projects to help develop critical thinking and appropriate
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Dr. Kann received a Doctor of Medicine degree from Medical College of
Pennsylvania/Hahnemann University in Philadelphia, PA. He completed a General Surgery Residency at Cooper
Hospital/University Medical Center in
Camden, NJ followed by a
Colon and Rectal Surgery Residency at Ochsner Clinic Foundation in New Orleans, LA. Dr. Kann is a member of
following professional organizations: American College of Surgeons, American Society of Colon & Rectal
Association of Program Directors for Colon & Rectal Surgery.
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Dr. Kethman earned his undergraduate degree in biomedical engineering and medical doctorate from Tulane University in
New Orleans. He completed his general surgery residency at Stanford University and a colon and rectal surgery fellowship
at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center - Case Western Reserve University. He completed a research fellowship
at the Stanford Byers Center for Biodesign, an organization dedicated to educating and empowering health technology
innovators and leading the transition to a value-driven innovation ecosystem. He joined the staff at Ochsner Health in
August 2020 and is interested in leveraging technology to improve the care we provide patients.
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Dr. Charles Leithead is a native of Lake Charles, Louisiana and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Biological
Sciences with a minor in French at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. He received his Doctor of Medicine from
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans. He completed an Integrated Vascular Surgery Residency
at The University of Alabama at Birmingham. Dr. Leithead treats a wide variety of vascular conditions including
aneurysms, carotid artery disease, peripheral vascular disease, DVT (blood clots), spider veins and varicose veins with
both open surgery and minimally invasive procedures. He is the Medical Director of The Ochsner Vein Clinic. Dr. Leithead
loves being a vascular surgeon because he has a passion for vascular surgery and treating patients from head to toe.
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Dr. Jeffanne Millien received her medical degree with a focus on global health from the
George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences in Washington, DC. She then moved to New
Orleans to complete
her internship and
residency at Ochsner Clinic Foundation. She successfully completed a fellowship in trauma and surgical
care at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. She then returned to Ochsner in the Summer of
assume an acute
care surgery position. Her interests include global health medicine, critical care surgery and medicine, and
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Samuel R. Money attended the State University of New York College of Medicine – SUNY
Downstate and graduated with distinction. He trained in vascular surgery at the Ochsner Clinic in New
Louisiana, under the
tutelage of Larry H.Hollier and John Ochsner. He remained at Ochsner Clinic for 15 years where he rose
the ranks to be Division Head of Vascular Surgery. He then moved to Mayo Clinic in Arizona where he served
professor and Chairman of the
Surgery. He has served in numerous leadership positions including presidency of the society for clinical
vascular surgery, the southern association of vascular surgery and the vascular and endovascular society. He
currently serves as the
treasurer of the society for vascular surgery.
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Dr. Andrew Newton received his medical degree from the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He completed his general surgery residency at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. After residency, Dr. Newton completed a fellowship in complex general surgical oncology at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. He is board certified in General Surgery and Complex General Surgical Oncology by the American Board of Surgery. Dr. Newton's expertise is in hepatopancreaticobiliary malignancies, gastroesophageal malignancies, neuroendocrine tumors, peritoneal surface malignancies including HIPEC, sarcoma, and melanoma.
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Ross Parkerson is a staff surgeon in the section of vascular surgery. He earned his
undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University. He then returned home to attend LSU school of Medicine in
Orleans where he earned
his MD and was elected
to the AOA Honor Medical Society. Afterward, he moved to Tampa where completed integrated vascular surgery
residency at the University of South Florida. While in Tampa, Dr. Parkerson was able to participate in
clinical trials of
novel endovascular devices designed for the treatment of complex thoracic and thoracoabdominal aortic
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Dr. Parrino is the Section Head for the Cardiothoracic Section. Residents rotate in the
section of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery as second years (cardiac) and as third or fourth years
(thoracic). During the
cardiac surgical rotation,
there are twice-daily rounds which are brief but allow adjustments to patient care on a less than every 24
basis. Residents participate in discussions covering the hemodynamic management of patients after
(valves, bypass) as well as mechanical assist devices (LVADs, total artificial heart).
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Dr Paruch earned her medical degree from the University of Michigan and completed her
General Surgery Residency at the University of Chicago. While there, she earned an award for excellence in
teaching from the junior
completed her fellowship in Colon and Rectal Surgery at the Lahey Hospital and Medical Center. Dr Paruch is
board certified in general surgery and colon and rectal surgery. She was in practice in Chicago for 2 years
before joining Ochsner
of 2019. She has been an instructor for several advanced endoscopy courses for residents and fellows.
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The general thoracic section at the Ochsner Medical Center provides expert care in
and malignant diseases of the thorax with a focus on lung and esophageal cancer. Minimally invasive
such as video
(VATS) and robotic assisted thoracic surgery (RATS) are used for the management of all stages of lung
These approaches are applied to minimize patient discomfort and expedite recovery. Our surgeons have an
in airway surgery
including tracheal resection and reconstruction as well as airway stenting and laser therapy.
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Dr. David Pointer is a surgical oncologist at Ochsner MD Anderson Cancer Center. He completed medical school and general
surgery residency from Tulane University School of Medicine. Dr. Pointer completed fellowship training in Surgical
Oncology at H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute in Tampa, Florida. His clinical interests include
gastrointestinal, hepatopancreaticobiliary, skin and soft tissue malignancies with a specific focus on the application
of robotic techniques. Dr. Pointer has an interest in resident education, technical development, and mentorship.
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Section Head of General Surgery. Dr. Richardson is a general surgeon primarily
in minimally invasive surgery, bariatrics and robotics. During rotations on his service residents will be
treatment and procedures
for abdominal conditions including hernia, gallbladder diseases, adrenal diseases, splenic diseases, reflux
disease, hiatal hernias, achalasia and morbid obesity. Residents are required to become proficient in
laparoscopic techniques in our
lab. Dr. Richardson is an academic surgeon and there is plenty of opportunity for residents to get exposure,
assist or run clinically based research projects.
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Dr. Amy Rivere is originally from Napoleonville, LA. She graduated from Louisiana State
University and earned her Doctor of Medicine from Louisiana State University Health Science Center in
Shreveport, LA. She then
completed general surgery
residency at Ochsner Clinic and a fellowship in Breast Surgical Oncology at the University of Arkansas for
Medical Sciences in Little Rock, AR. In 2016, she joined the faculty at Ochsner as a Breast Surgical
in the Department of
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Dr Roybal is relatively new to Ochsner and is active in teaching residents in clinic,
the wards, and in the operating room. She helps give the SCORE lectures for pediatric surgery. In the coming
year, her goal is to
set up a pediatric
surgery conference for residents and faculty to discuss interesting cases. She also hopes to get a few
projects started this coming year and will aim to get residents involved.
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Dr. Seal is a staff surgeon in Abdominal Transplantation and Hepatobiliary Surgery. He
actively involved in the General Surgery residency program through clinical rotations in Multi-Organ
Transplantation and Critical
lectures and weekly multi-disciplinary transplant conferences. During the transplant rotation, operative
instruction is focused on nuances of abdominal anatomy and approaches through the organ recovery operation
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Originally a Kansas native, Dr Smith joined that medical staff at Ochsner in 2022. He
attended medical school at the Kansas City University of Medicine, then followed by General Surgery
Spartanburg Regional Medical Center in Spartanburg, SC. Afterwards, he completed his Plastic Surgery
at Tulane University in New Orleans, where he received extensive training in all forms of breast
and microsurgery. He is board certified in General Surgery and board eligible in Plastic Surgery. Dr Smith's
primary interests are implant based and microvascular breast reconstruction, complex extremity
and aesthetic surgery. He serves as teaching faculty for the Tulane/Ochsner Plastic Surgery residency
as well as surgical residents from Ochsner and students from the University of Queensland.
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Dr. Dennis Sonnier is part of the Abdominal Transplant Surgery Service. He attended
school at LSU school of medicine in New Orleans. He completed his surgical residency at the University of
Cincinnati and his
fellowship at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Dr. Sonnier’s areas of interest include organ
liver, kidney and pancreas transplantation.
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Dr. Stephen Spindel is a cardiothoracic surgeon at Ochsner Medical Center. He served
years in the Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard and graduated as an Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society
School of Medicine in New Orleans. Afterwards, he completed an integrated residency fellowship in
surgery at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. At Ochsner Medical Center, he specializes in mitral and
particularly through a mini incision, and complex aortic root reconstructions.
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Pediatric Surgery is perhaps the best specialty within general surgery. Specialties
General Surgery have flourished over the last two decades with fellowship trained individuals performing
what a General
Surgeon used to do
routinely. This has certainly led to improved outcomes with the most difficult problems as these individuals
highly trained and competent. Pediatric Surgery broke away from General Surgery in the 1970s and there are
Pediatric Surgeons in North America, all fellowship trained.
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Dr. Sternbergh’s educational background includes an undergraduate degree from Brown
University and a MD from Duke University School of Medicine. He performed his general surgical training at
Medical College of
Virginia and his vascular
fellowship at Emory University. Dr Sternbergh has been on staff at Ochsner since 1996. He is nationally
recognized for his expertise in Vascular Surgery, and is the author of more than 100 scientific publications
to vascular disease. Dr. Sternbergh literally "wrote the book" on the endovascular treatment of abdominal
thoracic aortic aneurysm.
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After leaving fellowship training in New Orleans, Dr. Vargas gained extensive clinical
experience in both private practice and academic surgery all the while remaining involved in medical
training. He has been active in local, regional, and national professional organizations and has held
of leadership. He has authored book chapters in major surgical textbooks as well as multiple scientific
surgical journals. While Dr. Vargas’ clinical practice encompasses the breadth of Colon Rectal Surgery, in
particular he has gained recognition for minimally invasive or laparoscopic colorectal surgery resulting in
recruitment in 2007
the University of Kentucky (UK) College of Medicine as Chief of Colon Rectal Surgery in the Department of
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Dr. Dennis Wells is a congenital cardiac surgeon specializing in the care of infants and children as well as adults with
congenital heart disease. He earned his medical degree from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. He
completed his cardiothoracic surgical training at the University of Cincinnati and congenital cardiac surgical
fellowship at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. His clinical interests include neonatal surgery, single ventricle
palliation, the Ross procedure, mechanical circulatory support, and transplantation. He enjoys opportunities to work
with medical students, residents, and fellows.
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Dr. Whitlow earned his medical degree from the University of Arkansas and completed his
internship and residency at William Beaumont Army Medical Center in El Paso, Texas. He completed his colon
fellowship at Ochsner. Dr.
Whitlow is board certified in general surgery and colon and rectal surgery and has been on staff at Ochsner
since the Summer of 2002. Dr. Whitlow is listed in Best Doctors in America. He serves as Program Director of
Colon and Rectal
Surgery training program. His particular areas of professional interest include Transanal excision of large
benign rectal tumors, sphincter-preserving surgery for rectal cancer, surgical treatment of inflammatory
and robotic colon and rectal surgery, surgery for rectal prolapse, and treatment of anorectal fistulas.
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Dr. Wooldridge is a native of Memphis, TN and attended The University of Tennessee in
Knoxville where he received his undergraduate degree in Biology. He went to medical school at The University
Science Center in Memphis
and then did his general surgery residency at The University of Missouri in Columbia. Upon graduation, he
on to complete a fellowship in laparoscopic and bariatric surgery at The University of California at Irvine.
Since joining the
Ochsner Medical Staff in 2009, he has continued to increase his clinical practice focusing on bariatric,
foregut, hernia, and general surgery. He has recently been involved with organizing the Ochsner Swallowing
Center, a multi disciplinary
team focused on total care for Upper GI disorders. He is also on the University of Queensland Ochsner
School Education Committee for General Surgery, helping shape the general surgery rotation for our Ochsner
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