The Department of Surgery recently welcomed back David Pointer, MD, as Assistant Professor of Surgery, Division of Surgical Oncology.
Pointer earned his medical degree and completed General Surgery Residency from Tulane University School of Medicine, which included a Research Fellowship within the Department of Structural and Cellular Biology. Pointer received additional fellowship training in Complex General Surgical Oncology at H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute, with included focus on robotic approaches in complex surgical oncology.
“I am excited to be returning to Tulane in the Department of Surgery to continue a practice in Surgical Oncology,” said Pointer. “The opportunity to provide surgical cancer care in New Orleans, my hometown, was something I could not pass up. In collaboration with the Tulane Cancer Center, we will be able to provide high-quality, personalized, multidisciplinary care for common and rare malignancies.”
As a surgical oncologist specializing in the diagnosis and management of complex malignancies, Pointer utilizes a variety of skills and strategies, including minimally invasive techniques and multidisciplinary care, to provide quality personalized treatment for both common and rare malignancies.
“We were thrilled to find out that both David and his wife Lauren (SOM *R‘18) wanted to return to New Orleans to practice medicine,” said Mary T. Killackey, Robert and Viola Lobrano Chair in Surgery at Tulane University School of Medicine. “The expertise David brings to the city and this region is cutting-edge and exemplifies our mission to be the leaders of surgery in the Gulf South.”
Pointer’s clinical interests include gastrointestinal, hepatopancreaticobiliary, skin and soft tissue malignancies with a specific focus on minimally invasive techniques. His research interests include surgical education and outcomes in minimally invasive oncologic surgery. Other interests include mentorship and leadership in medicine which Dr. Pointer has cultivated over the course of his training and early career. He is double board certified in Complex General Surgical Oncology and General Surgery, and a member of the American College of Surgeons (ACS), the Society of Surgical Oncology (SSO), and the Americas Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association (AHPBA).
Dr. Pointer will be seeing patients in the General Surgery Clinic at Tulane Hospital (appointments: 504-988-5110) and UMC Cancer Center (appointments: 504-702-3311).