Department of Surgery
LSUHSC School of Medicine
2021 Perdido St, 8th Floor
New Orleans, LA 70112
Tel: (504) 568-4750
The Department of Surgery releases a monthly newsletter titled, The Scalpel. Check it out below!
New Faculty Announcements
Plastics Lab: Casting and Splinting
In place of Friday conference on July 21st, Plastic Surgery residents and fellows attended a lab led by Garrett Creath and Carl Lindsey from Essity. These residents and fellows learned about casting and splinting. They got the opportunity to practice the new techniques on each other and received constructive feedback from the event organizers.
Dr. Larry Hollier Visits Mayo Clinic
In August, Dr. Hollier will visit the Mayo Clinic for the 15th Annual Visiting Professorship in his name. What a great honor! He will also be speaking at a meeting commemorating the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Mayo Department of Vascular Medicine. He is proud to have began the Division of Vascular Surgery in 1980. We are so grateful to receive the benefit of Dr. Hollier's limitless knowledge and talent!
Annual Surgical Boot Camp
The Department of Surgery hosted its 10th annual Surgical Resident Boot Camp on both Thursday, July 13th and Friday, July 14th. The Boot Camp included all preliminary and categorical LSU Surgery residents along with PGY1 residents from ENT, Urology and Ochsner Surgery. The boot camp was led by John Morrison, MD, FACS, who along with other faculty, were very satisfied with the partcipation and interest.
LSU Health New Orleans Awarded $4.6M to Help Develop Burn Care Education & Training for Military and Civilian Disasters
The Medical Technology Enterprise Consortium, in collaboration with the US Army Medical Research and Development Command, has awarded LSU Health New Orleans $4.6 million over four years to develop education and training to improve burn injury care in military conflicts and civilian disasters before the patients reach a hospital. The Burn Prehospital Provider Program will meet the needs of military and civilian health care providers in different environments, with different levels of experience, in different roles and with new technological tools. It will serve as a learning platform to teach and address four essential skills of the prehospital provider - burn wound decontamination, burn wound debridement, burn wound dressing application, and assessing and/or performing a surgical procedure to relieve pressure that could result in circulation issues and damage or death of tissue. Each learning module will comprise a brief content presentation followed by scenario-based learning and assessment. The mobile learning modules will incorporate hands-on burn procedure skills training using biometric tabletop simulators.
New Orleans Doctors Treat Critically Injured Patients in Ukraine
Dr. Jeffrey Carter, professor of surgery at LSU Health and medical director of the UMC burn center arrived in Lviv, Ukraine on June 26 with associates from University Medical Center. The staff spent weeks treating burns and war injuries sustained by patients during the ongoing war crisis with Russian forces. Carter said the injuries they treated were “catastrophic” and “life-altering.”
“We saw tremendous injuries,” he said. “The kinds of injuries we've only seen in natural disasters here in the New Orleans area. People who have suffered multiple limb loss: Pilots and other military personnel, and civilians.”
Aside from treating critically injured patients, Carter and RN Mario Rivera also had an impact on the Ukrainian medical staff.
“Mario and I are both advanced burn life-support instructors. So we were able to go over to Ukraine and do the first burn life-support course in the country. The doctors there were really appreciative, because this was a crash course on how to take care of burn-injured patients that need to be resuscitated and have their pain and wounds treated.” Read more
Announcement of New Surgery Chair
Dr. Richard DiCarlo, Interim Dean of LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine, has named Valentine N. Nfonsam, MD, MS. FACS, FASCRS, Department Head for Surgery. He will also serve as the Surgical Quality Officer for University Medical Center. He is expected to start in the fall.
Dr. Nfonsam is currently a Professor of Surgery and Clinical Translational Sciences and Interim Division Chief of Surgical Oncology at the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Tucson. Read more
Congratulations to Dr. Malachi Sheahan and Dr. Bruce Torrance on their NFL Debut!
The department of surgery features 3 annual lectureships: Isidore Cohn, Jr - James D. Rives Annual Visiting Professorship in Surgery, Claude Craighead Visiting Professorship in Vascular Surgery and Irving & Mrs. Lillian Levin Annual Lectureship Series in Colon & Rectal Surgery.