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T-Ortho Graduate is awarded the 2009 Doctor of the
Date: 2/14/2009
Dr. Craig Robbins, a pediatric orthopaedic surgeon in Jackson, Mississippi, was named “America’s Most Loved Doctor” on Valentine’s Day 2009 by for outstanding doctor patient communication.
Welcome to Tulane Orthopaedics from the Chairman

Welcome to our Tulane University Orthopaedic Surgery department web site. No matter if you are a patient, nurse, donor, medical student, family member, or referring physician, you will find a compassionate, committed team of professionals with knowledge, expertise, experience, vision, and commitment at our Tulane University Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Our Tulane University School of Medicine Department of Orthopaedic Surgery has a long tradition of excellence. The missions of our department are education, delivery of superior health care, and research. Our educational mission takes place at the Tulane University School of Medicine, Tulane University Hospital and Clinic, and University Hospital, a state-run hospital functioning as the interim Charity Hospital of New Orleans until the new facility is available. At Tulane University’s Department of Orthopaedic Surgery our surgical and clinical expertise is second to none. Our state-of-the-art clinical facilities, sophisticated minimally invasive techniques, innovative training and technology, and experienced surgeons ensure the highest level of quality of care and patient safety. These clinical initiatives,our research enterprise and our unparalleled Tulane orthopaedic surgical education program enable us to fulfill our missions.

Our Tulane Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Education Program is a five year, highly competitive program, fully accredited by the American Council for Graduate Medical Education’s Residency Review Committee. Tulane University Medical students are exposed to orthopaedic surgery in our department in their junior and senior year clinical clerkships. Fellowships in Sports Medicine, Foot and Ankle, and Pediatric Orthopaedics are presently available in our department. The delivery of hospital care by our faculty members takes place at the Tulane University Hospital and Clinics. Our faculty has General Orthopaedic surgeons, orthopaedic surgeons with subspecialty interests and expertise, and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation physicians. Out-patients come to the Tulane University Clinics in downtown New Orleans, the Institute of Sports Medicine in uptown New Orleans, the Tulane campus at Lakeside Hospital in Metairie, and also across Lake Pontchartrain in Covington, Mandeville and Slidell. Surgical procedures are performed by our faculty with participation of our residents and fellows at Tulane University Hospital in downtown New Orleans, Tulane Lakeside Hospital in Metairie, Children’s Hospital in New Orleans, Lakeview Regional Hospital and St. Tammany Hospital in Covington and Slidell Memorial Hospital. Athletic injuries at the high school, university and professional sports level are evaluated and treated by our Sports Medicine Specialists at the Tulane Institute of Sports Medicine. All other sports related injuries at any level of participation are seen at the Institute of Sports Medicine. Consultations on all orthopaedic problems from childhood to the elderly are evaluated and treated by our faculty with participation of our residents and fellows at all of our clinic locations. Research is carried out at the Tulane Medical School building and the Tulane Institute of Sports Medicine Musculoskeletal Performance Laboratory. Joint research with Basic Science Departments at the medical school and the Tulane University Biomedical Engineering Department also are carried out. Orthopaedic surgery at Tulane is over 100 years old. Tulane Orthopaedics has positioned itself for the challenge and opportunities of the 21st century.


· Raoul P. Rodriguez, MD, Chairman, Foot and Ankle Orthopaedic Surgery
· Felix “Buddy” Savoie, MD, Vice-Chairman, Sports Medicine
· John “Chip” Davis, DDS, MD, Residency Education Program Director, Spine Surgery and Trauma
· James T. Bennett, MD, Scoliosis and Pediatric Orthopaedics
· Charles R. Billings, MD, Adult Reconstructive Orthopaedic Surgery
· J. Ollie Edmunds, MD, Hand Surgery, Trauma, Adult Reconstruction, and Hemophilia
· Mark Hontas, MD, General Orthopaedics
· Roch Hontas, MD, General Orthopaedics
· Kathleen A. Robertson, MD, Hand Surgery and Trauma
· G. James Sammarco, MD, Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Surgery
· Gregory W. Stewart, MD, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Athletic Rehabilitation and Prosthetics
· Jacques S. Whitecloud, MD, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Electro diagnostics, and Pain Management

Adjunct Professors

· Yue Feng Han, Ph.D. Biomedical Engineering
· Zongbing You, M.D., PhD, Developmental Biology
Of course our surgeons are highly skilled, trained, and experienced, and our techniques and technologies are state-of-the-art. You would expect this from a 175 year old internationally renowned institution at the center of medicine in the Gulf South. But we believe what really makes Tulane Orthopaedic Surgery even more remarkable is our spirit and attitude, and especially the way we treat our patients, with the utmost respect and compassion, like our own family members and friends.
Raoul Rodriguez, MD, Professor and Chairman, Tulane University Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

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