Medical Specialties and Contacts

Please use the drop-down menu to learn more about a particular specialty and contact information for students who are interested in learning more about the specialty, residency training, research opportunities, mentoring/shadowing opportunities, or general advice. All contacts have volunteered to answer student questions.

A comprehensive list of all specialties with more detailed information (personal characteristics, residency requirements, Match data, workforce statistics, compensation) can be found at the AAMC Careers in Medicine website.

Helpful terminology:

  • PGY: Post-Graduate Year
  • Categorical: Programs begin in the PGY-1 year and provide the training required for board certification in that particular medical specialty.
  • Advanced: Programs that begin in the PGY-2 year after a year of prerequisite training (usually preliminary or transitional year).
  • Preliminary: One-year programs beginning in the PGY-1 year that provide prerequisite training for advanced programs. Training is specific to a particular specialty, usually a medicine or surgery preliminary year.
  • Transitional: One-year programs beginning in the PGY-1 year that provide prerequisite training for advanced programs. Similar to a preliminary year, but training is in multiple specialties.

The following applies to the competitiveness of a specialty and the likelihood of matching:

  • Less competitive - an average Tulane student is very likely to match.
  • Average competitiveness - an average Tulane student is likely to match.
  • Moderately competitive - an average Tulane student has a fair chance to match.
  • Very competitive - an average Tulane student is less likely to match.



Emergency Medicine

Family Medicine

General Surgery

  • Residency Training
    • 5 years
    • Fellowships/subspecialties: Thoracic, Vascular, Transplant, Trauma, Colorectal, Pediatric Surgery, Critical Care, Oncology, Hand
    • Moderately competitive
  • Contacts
    • Norman McSwain, MD,
      Professor of Surgery
      Trauma Director, Spirit of Charity Trauma Center, ILH
      Medical Director, PreHospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS)
      504-988-5111 (office)
    • Albert D. Sam II MD MS MMM FACS
      Chief, Vascular & Endovascular Surgery
      Associate Professor of Surgery
      Tulane Heart & Vascular Institute
      1430 Tulane Ave. SL-48
      504-988-2093 (phone)
      504-988-4237 (fax)
    • Peter Meade, MD, MPH
      Assistant Professor of Clinical Surgery
      School of Medicine
      Department of Surgery, SL 22
      1430 Tulane Avenue
      504.988-5111 (office)
      504.988-3683 (fax)
    • Bernard M. Jaffe, MD, FACS
      Professor of Surgery, Emeritus
      General Surgery
      Gastrointestinal and Endocrine Surgery
      Department of Surgery, SL 22
      1430 Tulane Avenue
      504.988-7123 (Office)
      504.988-3793 (fax)
    • Mary Killackey, MD
      William Henderson Chair in Surgery
      Associate Professor of Clinical Surgery
      Adjunct Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
      Tel: 504-988-0783
      Fax: 504-988-7510
    • Joseph F. Buell, M.D.
      Professor of Surgery
      Director of the Tulane Abdominal Transplant Institute
      Tel: 504-988-7867
      Fax: 504-988-7510
    • Stephanie Reed
      Student Program Coordinator
      Department of Surgery SL 22
      Room 8549C
      1430 Tulane Avenue
      Office: 504.988-3909    Fax: 504.988-1882

Internal Medicine

  • Residency Training
    • 3 years
    • Combined training programs (Internal Medicine +) : Dermatology, Emergency Medicine, Famliy Medicine, Neurology, Nuclear Medicine, Pediatrics, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Preventive Medicine, Psychiatry
    • Fellowships/subspecialties: Adolescent Medicine, Allergy and Immunology, Cardiovascular Disease, Advance Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology, Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology, Interventional Cardiology, Critical Care Medicine, Endocrinology Diabetes and Metabolism, Gastroenterology, Geriatric Medicine, Hematology, Transplant Hepatology, Infectious Disease, Medical Oncology, Nephrology, Rheumatology, Pulmonology, Sports Medicine
    • Average competitiveness
  • Contacts
  • Resources


Neurology- Dr. Freiberg

  • Residency Training
    • 4 years = 1 year preliminary + 3 years neurology
    • Fellowships/Subspecialties: Child Neurology, Cognitive Disorders, Epilepsy, Headache, Neuromuscular, Electrophysiology, Sleep Disorders, Neuro-Critical Care, Neuro-ophthalmology, Neuro-Otology, Multiple Sclerosis, Neuro-Oncology, Movement Disorders, Neurorehabilitation, Pain Medicine, Vascular Neurology
    • Less competitive
  • Contacts
  • Resources


  • Residency Training
    • 6-8 years = 1 year preliminary + multiple combinations of neurosurgery and research years
    • Fellowships/Subspecialties: Spine, Tumor, Functional Neurosurgery; Epilepsy, Pediatrics, Vascular, Skull Base Neurosurgery, Peripheral Nerve
    • Very competitive
  • Contacts
    • Aaron Dumont, M.D. - Chairman
    • Ricky Medel, M.D. (start July 1st, 2013)
    • Manish Singh, M.D. (start July 1st, 2013)
  • Resources



Orthopaedic Surgery

  • Residency Training
    • 5 years = 1 year preliminary + 4 years orthopaedics
    • Fellowships/Subspecialties: Sports, Hand, Pediatrics, Spine, Trauma, Foot and Ankle, Joint Replacement, Oncology
    • Very competitive
  • Contacts
    • Paul Gladden, M.D. - Program Director
    • Raoul Rodriguez, M.D. - Chairman
    • Felix Savoie, M.D. - Chief of Sports Medicine
    • Mandi Cambre- Assistant Program Coordinator, can help direct you to appropriate faculty
    • Residents
      • Arash Dini, M.D. -
      • Katie Faust, M.D. -
      • McCall McDaniel, M.D. -
    • Students are welcome to attend:
      • Grand Rounds- Thursdays 2-5pm, Room 6065 (white coat attire)
      • Case Conference with Residents and Dr. Gladden- MWF 6:15am
  • Resources



  • Residency Training
    • 3 year for Anatomic Pathology or Clinical Pathology, 4 years Combined Anatomy and Clinical Pathology
    • Fellowships/Subspecialties: Cytopathology, Forensic Pathology, Neuropathology, Dermatopathology, Pediatric Pathology, Medical Microbiology, Chemical Pathology, Hematology, Blood Bank/Transfusion Medicine, Molecular Genetic Pathology
    • Less competitive
  • Contacts
    • Tong Wu, MD,PhD
    • Philip Daroca, MD
    • Krzysztof Moroz, MD
    • Meredith Lakey, MD
    • Rodney Scchelford, MD, PhD
    • Monica Goswami, MD
    • Jan Schmidt, MD
    • Jack Scott, MD
    • John Schmieg, MD
    • Alun Wang, MD
    • Tim Peterson, MD
    • Suzanne Meleg-Smith, MD
    • Byron Crawford, MD
  • Resources


Plastic Surgery

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation


Radiation Oncology



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