School of Medicine

Department of Orthopaedics

LSU Orthopaedic Department Head, Dr. Robert Zura, and Chief Resident, Dr. Thomas Stang, Perform Inaugural Surgery at New Outpatient Center

Dr. Thomas Stang
Dr. Thomas Stang
Dr. Robert Zura
Dr. Robert Zura

August 11, 2020, New Orleans: 

Robert D'Ambrosia Professor and Department Head of Orthopaedic Surgery at LSU Health Sciences New Orleans, Dr. Robert Zura, alongside Chief Orthepeadic Resident, Dr. Thomas Stang, completed the first surgery utilizing the new outpatient surgery center housed in the Louisiana Children's Medical Center (LCMC)'s University Medical Center.

Before performing his role in the milestone surgery, Dr. Robert Zura shared his thoughts on the importance of the new outpatient center at the ribbon-cutting ceremony. "This is truly a team event, and has remained patient-focused," said Zura, "I had kind of forgotten that we started with an interim plan, but we've ended up with the Taj Mahal of outpatient surgery centers. The focus always was for us to have this kind of patient center that would allow us to take care of more patients, more efficiently." 

Robert Zura shares a few words at the ribbon-cutting ceremonyDr. Robert Zura shares a few words at the ribbon-cutting ceremony

About Dr. Robert Zura:

Dr. Robert D. Zura was named the Robert D'Ambrosia Professor and Department Head of Orthopaedic Surgery at LSU Health Sciences New Orleans in 2016.

A native of Baltimore, Md., Dr. Zura received his undergraduate degree in 1990 at the University of Virginia, where he was a Varsity Lacrosse player and, later, his medical degree from Johns Hopkins University of Medicine. Dr. Zura completed his residency at UVA, and a trauma fellowship at the Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, NC., under renowned orthopaedic trauma physicians Dr. Kellam, Dr. Sims and Dr. Bosse.

After two years on faculty at the Medical College of Georgia and a year in private practice in Fredericksburg, Va., Dr. Zura joined the Duke Health System where he was later named Director of both the Orthopaedic Trauma and Orthopaedic Trauma Fellowship Programs.

Dr. Zura has more than 100 peer-reviewed publications to his name, and has served in leadership positions with the Southern Orthopaedic Association, the Kuentscher Society, Orthopaedic Trauma Association and the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. His professional interests include the outcomes of fracture management, intramedullary nailing, powdered gloves, nonunions and osteomyelitis. Learn more about Dr. Zura, here.

About Dr. Thomas Stang:

Dr. Thomas Stang currently serves as a Chief Resident, and is in his fifth year of residency with the LSU Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Dr. Stang earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin, majoring in Biology. He then attended medical school at Lincoln Memorial University. Learn more about Dr. Stang, here.

About LCMC Health University Medical Center:

With 650 physicians and more than 2,700 employees, University Medical Center is a leading center for treating patients with a wide variety of conditions. We are the only Level 1 Trauma Center in the region. With healthcare treatment options that cover the range of your patient needs, we are helping you live your best life. Our partnerships with LSU Health New Orleans and Tulane University School of Medicine, along with other colleges and universities, means we are committed to training the healthcare providers of tomorrow today. Each year, we train more than 1,000 residents, 1,200 nurses, and 1,400 other health care students. How does this benefit our patients? We are able to offer the latest advancements in care to help patients live their best life. Learn more about the University Medical Center by visiting,

Department of Orthopaedics