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Welcome to LSUHSC-NO Department of Neurosurgery

At LSUHSC-NO Department of Neurosurgery our mission guides us to provide our community with innovative patient care, outstanding education, and cutting-edge research to advance the field of Neurosurgery. The addition of talented faculty to fulfill the mission has added new life into our program, promoting rapid expansion of clinical services and neuroscience research. The establishment of the LSU Brain Tumor Program offers patients treatment with the latest surgical and imaging technologies, such as the intraoperative MRI, as well as novel drug therapies. Through collaboration with a multi-specialty team, our neurocritical care service at the region’s only Level 1 Trauma Center treats trauma patients from around the Gulf South. Additionally, our neurovascular service is one of the largest in the region, caring for approximately 120 aneurysm patients per year, using both endovascular as well as open treatment.  Continual efforts to improve our programs and provide a dynamic training environment are a result of our devotion to preparing the next generation of neurosurgeons, who will carry on the fine tradition of excellence we strive to maintain.

The training of Neurosurgery residents is one of our highest priorities and we take pride in each resident's long-term success. LSUHSC-NO Department of Neurosurgery is an exemplary place for learning, providing a unique training atmosphere. The comprehensive seven-year program includes six years of clinical work in addition to a year dedicated to research, completion of an enfolded fellowship, or enrollment in a Master’s program; this year customized to the individual’s interest takes place during the fifth program year. Training occurs at three local hospitals: West Jefferson Medical Center, Children’s Hospital of New Orleans, and University Medical Center. Caseloads of approximately 2,000 major neurosurgical procedures present annually to these sites. Our ACGME-accredited residency training program accepts one and two residents in alternating years. The size of our training program allows the faculty to interact closely with residents, creating extraordinary clinical and educational experiences, while forming well-rounded neurosurgeons.

LSUHSC-NO Department of Neurosurgery continues to adapt to meet the recent challenges and demands of practicing medicine in today’s ever-changing world. During these times, our department stays focused and committed to our core values of excellence and the wellbeing of our patients by remaining a constant leader in neurosurgical care for the region.

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 Frank Culicchia, MD
 David G. Kline Professor & Head, Department of Neurosurgery