Back And Spine Center Opens At Ochsner Baptist

Multidisciplinary Focus in State-of-the-Art Setting Benefits Patients

NEW ORLEANS – Eighty percent of Americans will suffer from back pain at some point in their lives. Ochsner Baptist Medical Center recently opened its new state-of-the-art Back and Spine Center solely focused on providing comprehensive care and relief to patients suffering from spine or back pain.

Ochsner’s Back and Spine Center located at Ochsner Baptist Medical Center features a multidisciplinary approach to patient care making it the only center of its kind in the area. Fellowship-trained physicians from the Orthopedics, Neurosurgery, Pain Management, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Psychiatry, Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy departments will all be housed under one roof so that a patient can be evaluated by any or all disciplines at one time, rather than by attending numerous appointments. A dedicated patient navigator will guide each patient through their care.

“Often people suffering from back pain don’t know where to begin or which type of doctor they should see,” said Scott Duncan, M.D., Chairman, Orthopedics, Ochsner Health System. “The Back and Spine Center’s team approach to patient care takes away the guesswork and provides the best possible outcomes for the patient.”

The Back and Spine Center is designed around an innovative, patient-centered approach. The space itself is conveniently designed to minimize unnecessary patient movement. Private consultation rooms are attached to each examination room so that patients can comfortably discuss the plan of care with their doctors. Additionally, the Center boasts a technologically advanced “collaboration room” where the doctors can meet to review their cases.

Should the plan of care require surgery, a nurse-led spine seminar will prepare patients and set post-operative expectations, including dietary and nutrition advice. Ochsner Baptist’s dedicated inpatient hospital unit features all private rooms, seven day a week physical therapy and an all-RN staff.

“This is truly a collaboration of the top physicians in their fields working together to provide the best possible care to our patients,” said Wale Sulaiman, M.D., Ph.D, Chairman, Department of Neurosurgery, Medical Director, Ochsner Back and Spine Center.

The Back and Spine Center’s specialty departments have received numerous accolades. U.S. News & World Report named Ochsner’s Orthopedics and Neurology & Neurosurgery departments among the top 50 across the country in its 2012-13 Best Hospitals rankings. Healthgrades ranked Ochsner’s Neurosciences and Neurosurgery departments among the top five percent in the nation and Becker’s Hospital Review names Ochsner one of “100 Hospitals with Great Neurosurgery and Spine Programs”. Additionally, Ochsner’s Spine department is a Blue Cross Blue Shield Destination Center for Spine Surgery and Spine Services.

The Back and Spine Center is located at Ochsner Baptist Medical Center, 2700 Napoleon Avenue, New Orleans. To make an appointment, please call 504-842-2000. For more information, please visit


Ochsner Health System is southeast Louisiana’s largest non-profit, academic, multi-specialty, healthcare delivery system with eight hospitals and 38 health centers in Louisiana. Ochsner has been named the Consumer Choice for Healthcare in New Orleans for 17 consecutive years and is the only Louisiana hospital recognized by U.S. News and World Report as a “Best Hospital” across 11 specialty categories. Ochsner employs more than 13,000 employees, over 850 physicians in over 90 medical specialties and subspecialties and conducts over 300 clinical research trials annually. Ochsner Health System is proud to be a tobacco-free environment. For more information, please visit and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

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