Sharven Taghavi MD, MPH, MS, FACS, FCCP

Associate Professor

Section Chief, Acute Care Surgery
School of Medicine

Education & Affiliations

2004-2008 Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, Massachusetts, Medical Doctorate
2004-2008 Tufts University School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts, Masters of Public Health
2008-2014 Resident, General Surgery, Temple University Hospital, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2014-2015 Chief Resident, General Surgery Temple University Hospital, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2015-2016 Fellow, Cardiothoracic Surgery Barnes-Jewish Hospital/Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri
2017-2018 Fellow, Surgical Critical Care Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard University, Boston, Massachusetts
Certification: American Board of Surgery, General Surgery, 2018
Certification: American Board of Surgery, Surgical Critical Care, 2019

Areas of Expertise

Trauma & Critical Care Surgery


Dr. Taghavi is double board certified in General Surgery and Surgical Critical Care. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia. He attended Tufts University School of Medicine where he received his Medical Degree and Masters of Public Health. He completed his general surgery residency at Temple University School of Medicine, where he served as the administrative chief resident. He spent two years as a research fellow at the Temple University Cardiovascular Research Center, investigating the therapeutic potential of mesenchymal stem cells and different modes of ventilation in hemorrhagic shock. During this time, he was funded by the NIH as a Ruth L. Kirchstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) winner. Dr. Taghavi completed a fellowship in Surgical Critical Care at Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard University School of Medicine.

Dr. Taghavi serves as the Section Chief of Acute Care Surgery at Tulane Medical Center and is a faculty trauma surgeon at University Medical Center-New Orleans. In addition, he is a faculty member of the Tulane Violence Prevention Institute. He serves as a co-investigator and member of the research core for the Tulane Center for Youth Equity, which is independently funded as a CDC National Center of Excellence for Youth Violence Prevention. This program started the first dedicated hospital-based gun violence prevention program in the state of Louisiana. Dr. Taghavi has led a large 25 institution, multicenter trial examining the role of prehospital procedures in urban, penetrating trauma. He is currently leading the Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma (EAST) practice management guidelines for prehospital procedures in urban penetrating trauma.

Dr. Taghavi has presented his research at several national conferences and has authored numerous peer-reviewed original research manuscripts, review articles, and textbook chapters. He won an honorable mention at the Raymond H. Alexander Paper Competition at the Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma and was a finalist for the American Heart Association (AHA) Cournand and Comroe Young Investigator Award. In addition, he won first place for best basic science paper at the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Pennsylvania Committee on Trauma (COT), Annual Resident Paper Competition. His research interests include gun violence prevention, improving the pre-hospital care of severely injured trauma patients, and mitigation of the inflammatory response after recovery from hemorrhagic shock. He was selected for the Tulane School of Medicine Physician-Scientist Pipeline Program for his research on acute lung injury. In addition, he was awarded the Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma (EAST) Trauma Research Scholarship. He was recently awarded the 2022 Early Career/Emerging Faculty Recognition Award for the Tulane University School of Medicine and was named a 2023 Healthcare Hero by the New Orleans City Business Journal. Dr. Taghavi is a member of the Society of University Surgeons, American College of Surgeons, Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma, and the American Association for Academic Surgery.


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