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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 Webster, and to contact any member of our department should you wish to learn more.

What's New?

The 9th Annual Tulane Symposium on Thyroid and Parathyroid Diseases & The Tulane Symposium on Skin Malignancies will be held April 28 – 30, 2017 in New Orleans!

For more information and to register online go to: or call 504-988-5466.

We hope to see you there!


     Tulane kidney transplant featured in TIME magazine. 
     Read the article here....

The Cutting Edge Newsletter
The Tradition of Tulane / The Future of Surgery

Read the current issue here...

emad kandil youtubeDr. Emad Kandil talks about removing a cancerous thyroid gland with no visible neck scar. Watch the video here.

20161025_171511The McSwain EMS Trauma Conference was held on October 25th and it was a huge success!   They raised $5,150.00 in conference registration and vendors fees.  The conference had 81 attendees and 12 speakers that gave great presentations.

The 2017 McSwain EMS Trauma Conference will be held on November 10, 2017 at UMCNO.   Registration information will be posted in the Spring.


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

Tulane University Campus Police Train for Mass Casualty Situations

Tulane University Police Department training

The late Tulane trauma surgeon, Dr. Norman McSwain, is credited with seeing the need to train police in life-saving techniques for use in casualty situations.

Click on the picture to see WWL-TV's story on the training

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Check out the article  "Patients Flock To Tulane For Robotic Thyroid Surgery" about   
Dr. Emad Kandil in Louisiana Health & Fitness magazine's August 2016 issue.




Mary Killackey

Dr. Mary T. Killackey appointed new chair of surgery.  





Congratulations to our Plastic Surgery Section for getting their paper"Refinements in the Techniques of 2-Stage Breast Reconstruction" accepted into the Annals of Plastic Surgery.

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.