When Super Bowl XLVII rolls into New Orleans in early February, the Tulane Department of Orthopaedics will have an important part in the festivities.
|Dr. Raoul Rodriguez
“Our faculty and doctors will be on the field in the event that anything goes wrong during the game. We are on hand to support all of the major athletic events in New Orleans,” says Dr. Raoul Rodriguez, chairman of the Department of Orthopaedics.
In addition to their on-field support, the Department of Orthopaedics will conduct state-of-the-art health screenings for all former NFL players prior to the Super Bowl. Tulane joins the Urology Care Foundation and the Satcher Health Leadership Institute at Morehouse School of Medicine in partnership with the NFL Player Care Foundation to conduct the two-day screening event.
The sports medicine section, led by Dr. Felix “Buddy” Savoie, conducts extensive research on athletic injuries. Head injuries in particular have gained national interest, especially to those in the football arena. Dr. Gregory Stewart, co-director of the sports medicine program, co-directs Tulane’s participation in the NFL’s Neurological Care Program which gives former players special access to the nation’s leading neurological hospitals for comprehensive evaluation of brain and spinal function along with an individually tailored treatment plan.
Between its research efforts, post-graduate programming and surgery, Rodriguez says the orthopaedics department is one of the busiest in the school. The department recently opened the Spine Center located in Tulane Medical Center to provide a variety of treatments and surgeries for spinal ailments.
“We have an array of just about everything you can offer in orthopaedics,” says Rodriguez. He hopes to continue to elevate the profile of the department by performing state-of-the-art surgical techniques and cutting-edge research.