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James R. Korndorffer, Jr., MD, FACS


Dr. James Korndoffer

James R. Korndorffer, Jr. MD MHPE FACS was born in Jackson, Mississippi and grew up in Gulf Breeze Florida. Dr. Korndorffer received his undergraduate degree in Biomedical Engineering from Tulane University where he graduated cum laude. He returned to Florida and received his Medical Degree from the University of South Florida College of Medicine. While there he served as class vice president for two years and selected as a student member for the LCME reaccreditation committee. His general surgery internship and residency was completed at The Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. While there, he was awarded the Best Teaching Resident Award. This award was determined by his fellow residents.

Upon completion of his residency, Dr. Korndorffer went into private practice in Alabama. His interest in teaching was so strong that in 2003 he left a successful private practice in Montgomery, Alabama and joined the faculty at Tulane as a Research Fellow in minimally invasive surgery and as an instructor in surgery. During the fellowship, he was actively involved in developing novel surgical simulation training methods. This work resulted in numerous peer review publications and presentations. At the completion of the fellowship, Dr. Korndorffer chose to stay at Tulane and in 2005 joined the full time active faculty as an Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery. In 2006, he became the Surgery Residency Program Director and was responsible for redesigning the educational experience of the surgical residency. He continues to serve in that role as well as serving as the Medical Director of the Tulane Center for Advanced Medical Simulation and Team Training and as the Assistant Dean for Graduate Medical Education. To augment his knowledge of the education process, Dr. Korndorffer obtained a Masters in Health Professions Education from the University of Illinois at Chicago. The capstone of this experience was his master's thesis, "Effective Home Laparoscopic Simulation Training: Preliminary Evaluation of an Improved Training Paradigm."

He is actively involved in numerous national societies including the Surgical Council on Resident Education, the Association for Surgical Education where he serves as the chair of the Graduate Surgical Education Committee, the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons where he serves on the Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery Committee and has served on the Resident Education Committee, the American College of Surgeons, and the Association for Program Directors in Surgery. He is currently researching the effects simulation training has on the patient safety education process including the reduction of central venous access infections.

Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 504-865-4000