Welcome to the Department of Surgery


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The Department of Surgery has a history of practicing and teaching surgical excellence. We are dedicated to patient care, community and educating the next generation of surgeons and leaders.

I am pleased that you have chosen to visit the general surgery website. It is designed to fulfill the needs of patients, alumni, clinicians, donors, medical students, and residents. 

It is with pride that I serve as acting chair of the LSU Health Department of Surgery. Having trained here in the sixties and having been involved at many levels since, I have observed a remarkable evolution that reflects profound stability and relentless progress. Currently, the health care industry and graduate medical education in the United States are under intense economic stress. Given that our system has sustained itself and grown through much adversity on other occasions for more than a century, I am sure it will continue to grow and fulfill its mission, even in the face of these global impediments. The content available on this site proudly validates my enthusiasm and confidence.

In keeping with the nature of academia, we serve to educate, innovate, and provide care for patients in need. In addition to our other patients, we proudly and selflessly provide a safety net for the care of those without other options. We are fortunate to have a sound infrastructure that includes state of the art hospitals, a Biological Research Institute for our research activities, the Feist-Weiller Cancer Center, and a voluminous patient population. We provide tertiary care that is unavailable anywhere else in our region, including a burn unit and a level one trauma system.

Our hospital system, which currently consists of University Hospital, Overton Brooks Veterans Administration Hospital, and E. A. Conway, has provided surgical and medical care since 1871. Since the inception of the medical school in 1967, our faculty has taught the principles of surgical care to more than 4,000 medical students and 200 surgical residents. Our graduates are scattered nationwide. Many have chosen to practice in Louisiana or in neighboring states, thus improving healthcare delivery in our city, state, and region.

In addition to clinical care and medical education, the LSU Health Department of Surgery is committed to conducting basic science and clinical research. Ongoing research programs within the department include collaborative partnerships with the basic sciences and other clinical departments. Residents and students participate with faculty mentors.

While surfing this website, we hope you find answers to your questions and see why I am enthusiastic, proud, and passionate, looking toward the future. We have attempted to anticipate your questions. Even so, you may have needs beyond the scope of the materials provided. If so, please use the contact information provided.

Sincerely,
F. Dean Griffen, MD, FACS
Albert Sklar Professor in Surgery
Acting Chairman
Professor of Clinical Surgery