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WLAE's "Doctors - New Orleans " features Dr. Shauna Levy in a discussion about Obesity and Weight Loss Surgery.

Doctors New Orleans / Obesity & Weight Loss Surgery from WLAE Video on Vimeo.


Obesity is the second leading cause of preventable death in the United States. Many people believe obesity is caused by simply overeating and a lack of self-control. It is a chronic, progressive disease caused by many genetic and environmental factors. Watch Dr. Shauna Levy on FOX 8 TV NOLA's health minute.

Announcements From Mary T. Killackey, MD, The Chair of Surgery

Share the Spare: Nephrologist Donates Kidney to Brother

Tulane Surgeon Anil Paramesh & Rizwan Badar, MD

When Rizwan Badar, MD, a nephrologist in southern California, learned that his older brother needed a kidney, he didn’t hesitate to offer him one of his own. He and his brother, Owais, underwent surgery in the summer of 2017, and have both made full recoveries. Dr. Badar said the experience was humbling and that it has helped make him a better physician and improved the way he communicates with his patients. Learn more about this story.



Tulane Surgeon, Anil Paramesh, MD & Kidney Donor, Rizwan Badar, MD


Dr. Patrick McGrew, Assistant Professor of Surgery, is the new Director of the Surgical ICU.  Dr. McGrew was raised in Baton Rouge, educated at LSU, and trained in General Surgery at the University of New Mexico.  He then specialized in Trauma, Emergency Surgery and Critical Care by completing his fellowship at the University of Nevada.  Dr. McGrew joined our faculty last summer and has hit the ground running.  As Director, he will work to enhance the safety, organization and quality of care given to our patients as well as to enrich the educational value of the SICU rotation for both students and residents.  He is excited to work with the hospital and the Critical Care Committee to effect these changes.  I would also like to thank Dr. Rebecca Schroll, who has served as Director for the past several years, through tough times in the department.  

We now have a formal Emergency General Surgery service at Tulane Hospital, and this will be led by Dr. Chrissy Guidry who will serve as the inaugural Director.  Dr. Guidry was raised in Cutoff, LA, educated at LSU and obtained her Doctor of Osteopathy at Des Moines University in Iowa.  She went on to train in General Surgery at Akron General Hospital in Ohio and completed a two-year fellowship in Trauma, Emergency Surgery and Critical Care at the University of Southern California.  We first met Dr. Guidry when she spent her research year at Tulane involved in trauma research with the late Dr. Norman McSwain.  Our goal for the Emergency General Surgery service is to provide a more structured, consistent and accessible surgical consult service.  As Director, Dr. Guidry will serve as the point person for improved communication with all of the referring services in the hospital and will work to ensure consults and interventions occur in a timely fashion.  Ultimately this should lead to better patient care, improved outcomes and shorter lengths of stays.

The Tulane Kidney Living Donor program says there is a shortage of organs.

"It's rare that somebody finds somebody on social media that's not directly related to them, but I do expect that to go up a little bit. Our job as a transplant center is to make sure this happens safely, the donor and the recipient both understand the risks of this," explained Dr. Anil Paramesh, a Professor of Surgery, Urology, and pediatrics and the Surgical Director for the Kidney, Pancreas and Living Donor program at Tulane. Hear more about the amazing story of 2 moms who found living donors on Facebook from WWL-TV's Meg Farris.

September 8 - 11, 2018   |   New Orleans, LA

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We are pleased to announce that we are officially a LITES network study site.  The Linking Investigations in Trauma and Emergency Services (LITES) is a research network of US trauma systems and centers with the capability to conduct prospective, multi-center, injury care and outcomes research of relevance to the Department of Defense (DOD).


New Orleans Kidney Walk Hits Home for Mom of 3

"A lot of people in Louisiana have kidney disease because of high blood pressure, obesity and diabetes," she says. "But I never got the gravity of it until I had my transplant." - Gina MacLaren

Tulane's Dr. Anil Paramesh, a transplant surgeon helped Gina MacLaren find a matching donor.

Read more in the Times Picayune story by Sheila Stroup


Dr. Mimi Sammarco, PhD, faculty in the Department of Surgery, is a participant in an NIH Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) grant that mentors junior faculty to become competitive independent researchers in the field of aging research. Sammarco investigates ways to promote regeneration of soft tissue and bone in the context of aging. Dr. Sammarco uses the mouse digit regeneration model to gain a more thorough understanding of how the role of oxygen and cellular metabolism affect regeneration in an aged model in order to delineate between regeneration-competent and incompetent tissue environments. This five year NIH grant is in its Phase II and is administered through the Tulane University Center of Aging under the directorship of Dr. S. Michal Jazwinski who developed the COBRE project to expand faculty expertise in aging-related topics.

Sammarco was also awarded a Tulane Equipment Grant towards the purchase of an ex vivo microCT scanner. This equipment will leverage the research of many labs here at the Tulane School of Medicine.

The Tulane University School of Medicine - Department of Surgery is proud to be a resource for news media.  Our experts can provide current and relevant information regarding advancements in surgical techniques, materials and research.  Our staff includes physicians with a wide range of specialties and clinical expertise; each physician has an active surgical practice and conducts medical education and research.  We work with local, regional, national and international print, broadcast and internet news outlets to respond to surgery related inquiries.

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