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Ochsner Clinic Foundation

Ochsner Clinic Foundation | ASCRS

Program Director: 
H. David Vargas, MD
Ochsner Clinic Foundation
1514 Jefferson Highway
New Orleans, LA 70121
United States
(504) 842-4985
(504) 842-0298

Number of Residents (per year): 2

Number of Faculty (ABCRS Certified): 6

Salary/Year: $61,829

Case Mix/Number of Cases: Approximately 60% abdominal colon procedures make up the operative experience. Excellent exposure to wide range of procedures. Screening, diagnostic and therapeutic (polypectomy, control of bleeding, EMR, colonic stenting) colonoscopy remains one of the strengths of the Department and training program. 

Strengths of Program: Low faculty to trainee ratio providing extensive one on one interaction. This apprenticeship model enhanced by single site practice: OR, clinic and endoscopy unit are “under one roof” in a single, state of the art facility. Exposure to a wide range of pathologic conditions and operative experience. Clinical practice provides high volume and varied complexity/ acuity - both referral center complexity (reoperative surgery, low rectal cancer, IBD surgery, low pelvic dissections) balanced by bread and butter colorectal conditions such as benign anorectal disease. Spectrum of procedures and techniques - minimally invasive, robotic and open techniques – with emphasis on sound fundamentals, evidenced-based management and operative technique.  

Clinic and/or Office Experience: Reflective of the specialty, outpatient clinic represents a major educational activity for the trainee. A wide range of pathologic conditions presents for evaluation and management. In addition, multiple office based procedures occur including diagnostic anoscopy, proctoscopy, hemorrhoidal procedures (banding, injection, excision and infrared coagulation) abscess drainage and flexible sigmoidoscopy.

Interaction with General Surgery Residents: Three residents rotate on CRS – two juniors (PGY 1 and 3) and one PGY 5 who functions at the clinical fellow level and manages one of the three attending services. 

Conferences: Scheduled conferences include Department of Colon and Rectal Surgery (multidisciplinary – radiology, pathology, medical oncology, and radiation oncology) weekly conference, weekly CORE SUBJECT didactic conference and monthly GI-CRS combined IBD conference. 

Anorectal Physiology: Anorectal physiology lab takes place twice week in the endoscopic unit and includes anal manometry and endorectal ultrasound.

Outside Rotations: None currently.

Research Year: A formal research year is available, and each clinical resident is encouraged to utilize the extensive research activities of the Foundation in conducting any investigation for scientific publications. The faculty is actively involved in research projects including laparoscopic surgery, endoscopic indications, anal carcinoma and monoclonal antibody scanning.

Requirement for Paper: Each resident is expected to write a scientific paper suitable for presentation and publication.

Opportunity to Attend Meetings: Each attends the ASCRS Annual Meeting, the Piedmont Society of Colon Rectal Surgeons. Funding for other meetings is available if a resident submits research abstract which is accepted for presentation.