Welcome to LSUHSC-NO Department of Neurosurgery
For both the city of New Orleans and our institution, these are exciting times! Industry and innovation are flooding the area and progressive growth in the medical sciences is highlighted by the opening of two new hospitals in the near future: University Medical Center and VA Medical Center. The LSUHSC –NO Department of Neurosurgery has evolved to meet the recent challenges and demands of practicing medicine in today’s ever-changing world; yet, we still continue to hold to our tradition of excellence and remain a leader in neurosurgical care for the region.
Our mission guides us to provide our community with innovative patient care, outstanding education, and cutting edge research to advance the field of Neurosurgery. The addition of young, talented faculty to fulfill the mission has added new life into our program, promoting rapid expansion of clinical services and neuroscience research. Our neurovascular service is the largest in the region, treating approximately 120 aneurysm patients per year and offering both endovascular as well as open treatment. By using the CyberKnife® Stereotactic Radiosurgery System, our stereotaxic radiosurgery program offers novel treatment for patients with tumors and vascular disorders. Furthermore, the Surgical Epilepsy program continues to grow as more patients realize the availability of services in this region. Through collaboration with a multi-specialty team, our spine surgeons offer surgical as well as medical treatment for complex spinal disorders. Also, two endowed chair positions have recently been established in the department: the David G. Kline, MD Endowed Chair in Peripheral Nerve Repair and Regeneration and the Kelsey Bradley Favrot Neuro-Oncology Chair.
The training of Neurosurgery residents is one of our highest priorities and we take pride in each resident's long-term success. Our ACGME-accredited Neurosurgery residency training program has recently undergone formative transformation; we now accept one and two residents in alternating years. The comprehensive seven year program demonstrates our dedication to clinical research by requiring residents to perform one year of laboratory research in addition to six years in clinical work. What makes LSUHSC-NO Department of Neurosurgery an exemplary place for learning is the commitment to clinical excellence, development of inventive research, and placement in a unique training atmosphere. Training takes place at three local hospitals: West Jefferson Medical Center, Children’s Hospital of New Orleans, and University Medical Center, which is the only Level 1 Trauma Center in the state. Caseloads of approximately 2,000 major neurosurgical procedures present annually to these sites. In addition to these locations, the opening of the state-of-the-art University Medical Center in 2015 followed by the VA Medical Center in 2016 will offer unparalleled opportunity for the most up-to-date education and training. The size of our training program allows the faculty to interact closely with residents, creating extraordinary clinical and educational experiences. Significant research efforts by residents today require full-time mentorship by eminently experienced and successful researchers. This association helps meet those goals and imparts indispensable knowledge that can significantly improve patient care.
All of these efforts to improve our programs and provide a dynamic training environment are a result of our devotion to preparing the next generation of compassionate and competitive neurosurgeons, who will carry on the fine tradition of excellence we strive to maintain. The Department of Neurosurgery at the LSUHSC-NO builds upon a proud and distinguished tradition to deliver the highest quality resident training and patient care.
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Frank Culicchia, MD
David G. Kline Professor & Head, Department of Neurosurgery