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Greetings from Program Director Dr. Abigail Chaffin:

The mission of the Tulane University/Ochsner Clinic Plastic Surgery Residency Program is to train competent, ethical and compassionate plastic surgeons of the future, who are fully skilled in all areas of plastic surgery.

Our program is a three-year independent format and is fully accredited. We accept two residents per year for a total of six residents.

The Residency Training Program is designed to provide each resident with progressive responsibility and the fullest possible experience in all areas of plastic surgery. Our diverse specialty covers the skin and its contents and can offer a lifetime of challenge, excitement, and reward. The full breadth and depth of plastic surgical services are offered and taught at the Tulane University/Ochsner Clinic Plastic Surgery Residency Program. This includes cosmetic procedures such as Botox injections, liposuction, facelifts and blepharoplasty, abdominoplasty, body lifts, laser resurfacing and breast augmentation. We also offer state- of-the-art training in reconstructive surgery such as breast, trunk, craniofacial and lower extremity reconstruction, advanced limb salvage techniques, cleft lip and palate surgery at a comprehensive Craniofacial Center, lymphedema reconstruction, gender-confirming surgery, advanced microsurgery, skin cancer and melanoma, and complex wound and burn reconstruction.

Plastic surgery residents have the advantage of working with both academic and clinical plastic surgery faculty at numerous academic and private hospitals, and private surgical centers, in the New Orleans area.  Residents also receive training from highly-regarded surgeons in the fields of hand, ENT, OMFS and oculoplastic surgery.

In addition to bedside, operating room, and clinic teaching, educational activities include Grand Rounds, case conference, weekly resident lectures, Morbidity and Mortality conference, Visiting Professorships, monthly Journal Club, and local and national plastic surgery meetings. There is an invaluable anatomical cadaver dissection course encompassing the head, neck, trunk, lower and upper extremity. An animal microsurgical laboratory is also available to improve microsurgical skills and techniques.  We also offer a drawing and sculpture class to help residents develop a critical artistic eye.

Residents are encouraged to present papers at various local, regional and national meetings on approval of the Program Director. Fully equipped laboratories are available for research in microsurgery, wound repair, vasculogenesis, nerve regeneration, and immunology. Numerous clinical research opportunities are also available.

We believe the Tulane University/Ochsner Clinic Plastic Surgery Residency Program offers comprehensive state-of-the-art plastic surgery training and appreciate your interest in our program!


Abigail E. Chaffin, MD, FACS, CWSP, FAPWCA
Program Director

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