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Dr. Raoul Rodriguez and the Pierrette and John G. Phillips Professorship

Dr. Raoul Rodriguez was awarded the Pierrette and John G. Phillips Professorship in Orthopaedics.  Both Mr. and Mrs. Phillips received treatment from Dr. Rodriguez prior to Mr. Phillips death in 2016.  On November 13th, faculty, staff, family, and friends of Dr. Rodriguez gathered along with the Phillips family to celebrate this great honor!

Dr. Raoul Rodriguez and wife

Say "Hello" to our newest residents!

Wendell Cole, Barrett Hawkins, and Thomas Hodo joined our orthopaedic department as PGY1 residents this fall. 

Wendell Cole

Wendell Cole, MD

Dr. Cole is a first generation immigrant to the United States.  He graduated with a bachelors degree in Biology from Georgia State University, and received his medical degree from Morehouse School of Medicine.




Barrett Hawkins, MD

Dr. Hawkins received his undergraduate degree in Biomedical Engineering at Tulane University in 2014.  He loved New Orleans so much that he stayed for medical school at Tulane University School of Medicine.  Hawkin's father, Bryan, went through our orthopaedic residency program and graduated in 1988.

Thomas Hodo

Thomas Hodo, MD

Dr. Hodo is a native of Georgia, born in Decatur, GA.  He initially attended Benedict College in Columbia, SC, where he played collegiate baseball before transferring and graduating from Valdosta State University in 2011 with a Bachelors of Science in Biology and a Chemistry minor.  Hodo also received a Masters of Science in Biomedical Research with a focus of Cancer Immunotherapy from Meharry Medical College.  Thomas graduated from the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University with his Doctorate of Medicine in 2018.


Congrats to Dr. Fernando Sanchez!

The Bette and Jack K. Wickstrom, MD, Endowment Chair honors Dr. Fernando Sanchez on being recognized as an outstanding orthopaedic faculty member, providing invaluable support above and beyond  a salary for use in research, teaching or community service activities.

Congrats to Drs. Felix "Buddy" Savoie and Steven Gibbons

Drs. Felix Savoie and Steven Gibbons

Big Congratulations to Dr. Steven Gibbons for his nomination for Physician Relations Award and to Dr. Felix 'Buddy' Savoie for winning Master Clinician of the Year Award!

Dr. Michael O'Brien Helps Local Musician Recover After Motorcycle Accident

Ricky Sebastian started playing the drums when he was 8 years old. Now with decades of experience, Ricky is a renowned, premier drummer who lives, works, teaches and plays in New Orleans.

Thanks to a motorcycle accident – and overuse from his lifelong drumming career – Ricky’s right shoulder was injured and painful.  You can read the whole story on Dr. Michael O'Brien treating Mr. Sebastian by click here.

On June 2nd, the Department of Orthopaedics will gather at Tulane University School of Medicine to celebrate the graduating residents, Drs. Trey Martin and Lane Rush.  The Visiting Professor will be Dr. Robert Barrack.  For more information, please contact Janelle Petak at (504) 988-5192 or by email at

Tulane Lakeside Medical Center featured on Becker's Hospital Review Website

Throughout the past year, Tulane Lakeside Medical Center has undergone significant changes.  To learn more about these improvements, please click here to read what Becker's Hospital Review had to say.

Tulane Institute of Sports Medicine and Dr. Gregory Stewart featured on WWL News

Dr. Greg Stewart is a co-director of the Sports Medicine Program at Tulane University. He said spinal injuries in football are debilitating, but not common. “You don’t see it very often,” Stewart said. “It’s not as common as you would expect.” 

You can read more and watch the interview with  Dr. Stewart here.

Spirit of Charity Award

dean hamm with spirit of charity award

"The Spirit of Charity, I believe, exemplifies the noble calling of our profession. Life is a series of peaks and valleys. The valleys are sometimes much longer than the peaks. This prestigious award tonight exemplifies the highest professional peak of my life."

For Dr. Raoul Rodriguez, the Spirit of Charity Foundation's Spirit of Charity Award Dinner was a stellar celebration surrounded by colleagues and family. The event at J.W. Marriott Hotel was to announce Dr. Rodriguez as the 17th honoree of the award. To read more about the great honor, please click here.

104th Meeting of the Clinical Orthopaedic Society

spirit of charity with raoul and jamesOn Friday, September 30, 2016 at the 104th meeting of the Clinical Orthopaedic Society at the Roosevelt Hotel in New Orleans, John Ollie Edmunds, Jr., MD was the Dr. and Mrs. J. Elmer Nix Ethics Award Honoree. Dr. Edmunds is Professor Emeritus of Orthopaedic Surgery and Chief Emeritus of Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery at Tulane University Medical School. For several decades, he has cared for all of the hemophiliacs in the state of Louisiana as Director of Orthopaedic Surgery of the Louisiana Comprehensive Hemophilia Center. He has extensive experience with the orthopaedic management of hemophiliac arthropathy.

He is known internationally as a teacher, speaker, and author. He has pioneered surgical procedures for the thumb basal joint and the joints of hemophiliacs. He is an expert in complex referral cases of hand, wrist, and upper extremity trauma, arthritis, tendon and nerve injuries, nerve compression, deformities, and congenital anomalies. Dr. Edmunds is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, and the American Orthopaedic Association. He is Past President of the Southern Orthopaedic Association, past President of the Louisiana Orthopaedic Association, and a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Orthopaedic Surgical Advances.

Founded in 1912, the mission of the Clinical Orthopaedic Society is to optimize the science of the physical examination as the central component in the diagnosis and management of musculoskeletal conditions and to educate society on orthopaedic issues impacting patient care. This award was instituted by a grant from Elmer and Rosemary Nix to honor an individual whose life’s work exemplifies the best tenets of medical ethics.