School of Medicine

Department of Surgery

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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.     Read More >>>

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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 >>>

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Annual Surgical Resident Boot Camp

The Department of Surgery hosted its 9th annual Surgical Resident Boot Camp on both Thursday, July 25th and Friday, July 26th. 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.


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Congratulations to Dr. Malachi Sheahan and Dr. Bruce Torrance on their NFL Debut!




Annual Lectureships

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.