Our Physicians in Louisiana

The Surgical Specialists of Louisiana, The Total Weight Loss Solution, is a group of 7 board-certified surgeons who have extensive experience in laparoscopic weight loss surgery, incisionless bariatric procedures, and non-surgical weight loss.

Louisiana Southeast Division

Thomas E. LavinThomas E. Lavin, MD, FACS, FASMBS, graduated cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa from Miami University in Ohio. He received his medical degree from Medical College of Ohio and completed his General Surgery residency at Ochsner Hospital in New Orleans in 1995. He is a board certified surgeon and has been a pioneer in developing and promoting the field of laparoscopic surgery. more…

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Michael J. ThomasMichael J. Thomas, MD, FACS, FASMBS, is a native New Orleanian who graduated from Jesuit High School and summa cum laude from Tulane University. He received his medical degree from LSU Medical School and completed his general surgery residency at LSU in 1999 where he served as teaching chief resident. Dr. Thomas practiced in LaFouche Parish for two years before joining the Surgical Specialists of Louisiana. He is skilled in advanced laparoscopy and has been actively involved with our bariatric program since its inception. more…

Matthew S. FrenchMatthew S. French, MD, FACS, FASMBS, a native of New Orleans and graduate of Isidore Newman School, received his undergraduate degree from Washington and Lee University and medical degree from Tulane University Medical School. He completed his general surgery residency in 2000 at the University of Kentucky Medical Center. Dr. French is fellowship trained in advanced laparoscopic surgery and ultrasound and more…

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Rachel L. MooreRachel L. Moore, MD, FACS, FASMBS, graduated from the University of Alabama School of Medicine in Birmingham in 1997, then completed her general surgery residency at Louisiana State University in 2002. She is board-certified in general surgery and is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Her practice includes traditional general surgery in addition to advanced laparoscopic procedures including laparoscopic gastric more…

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Clark G. WardenClark G. Warden, MD, FACS, FASMBS, a native New Orleanian, is a graduate of De La Salle High School, Tulane University School of Engineering and Tulane University School of Medicine. He completed his surgical residency at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1989. He is board certified in General Surgery and Surgical Critical Care and is a Fellow of The American College of Surgeons. more…

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James G. RedmannJames G. Redmann, M.D., FACS, is an expert in bariatric surgery, specializing in performing the sleeve gastrectomy, gastric band, gastric bypass, duodenal switch and the new incisionless POSE procedure.  He is board certified in surgery and a Bariatric Center of Excellence designated surgeon.  Born in Metairie, Louisiana, Dr. Redmann was graduated Summa Cum Laude from Jesuit High School in New Orleans.   more…

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Louisiana Southwest Division

Uyen B. ChuUyen B. Chu, MD, FACS, FASMBS, was born in Vietnam and raised in New Orleans. She graduated cum laude from Tulane University in Biochemistry in 1989 and received her medical degree from LSUMC in 1993. Dr. Chu completed her General Surgery residency at the University of Florida in Jacksonville in 2000 where she received the award for Outstanding Clinical Resident. She spent two additional years during her residency training in investigational science, at which time she published numerous articles.more…

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