Children’s Hospital New Orleans Expands Pediatric Surgery Division

With the opening of the all new, 57,000 square foot Surgery Center at Children’s Hospital New Orleans in April, the hospital has expanded its team of pediatric surgeons. Joining the staff are Mary Brandt, MD, and Jessica Zagory, MD.

“To support the growth of surgical services at Children’s Hospital, we are pleased to announce two outstanding pediatric surgeons, Mary Brandt, MD, and Jessica Zagory, MD, will be joining David Yu, MD, and Fabienne Gray, MD, in the Department of Pediatric Surgery this summer,” said Ellis Arjmand, MD, MMM, PhD, surgeon in chief, Children’s Hospital New Orleans. Mary Brandt, MD, joins Children’s Hospital in June as professor of surgery with Tulane University School of Medicine, after most recently serving as professor of surgery, pediatrics, and medical ethics at Baylor College of Medicine. Brandt completed medical school and a general surgery residency at Baylor, followed by a fellowship in pediatric surgery at the University of Montreal Sainte-Justine Hospital. She returned to join the faculty at Baylor College of Medicine where she served as Senior Associate Dean of Student Affairs, senior associate dean of medical education, and program director for general surgery. In her tenure at Texas Children’s Hospital, Brandt’s experience includes leadership roles in the bariatric surgery program, liver disease research network, anorectal malformation clinic, and the biliary atresia research consortium. She is nationally known for her many contributions in pediatric surgery, and she has received numerous awards and honors for service, education, and humanism in medicine.

Jessica Zagory, MD, will join Children’s Hospital later this summer, as assistant professor of surgery with LSU School of Medicine. She joins Children’s from her current position as clinical fellow in pediatric surgery at University of Texas Southwestern/ Children’s Medical Center Dallas. Zagory completed residency training in general surgery at LSU, spending time at Children’s Hospital during her training. In addition to residency and clinical fellowship training,  Zagory has completed a research fellowship in pediatric surgery at the University of Southern California / Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. At Children’s Hospital New Orleans, her areas of clinical focus will include hepatobiliary disease and trauma.

“Children’s Hospital New Orleans is thrilled to welcome Mary Brandt, MD, and Jessica Zagory, MD, to our growing Department of Pediatric Surgery,” said John R. Nickens IV, president and chief executive officer at Children’s Hospital New Orleans. “We have invited some of the nation’s top physicians in pediatric surgery to join our mission and are thrilled that they have accepted the challenge as we expand these vital services for children across the state and region, led by David Yu, MD, as Children’s newly appointed chief of pediatric surgery.”

With the growing department, David Yu, MD, a long-standing member of the medical staff at Children’s Hospital, has accepted the position of chief of pediatric surgery at Children’s Hospital. After attending Tulane University for undergraduate and medical school at, Yu completed residency training in general surgery at Tulane University School of Medicine. He has completed two prestigious research fellowships, one at the National Cancer Institute and another at Boston Children’s Hospital. Yu serves as associate program director for the LSU general surgery residency program, and as division head for pediatric surgery at LSU. Yu is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and a member of the American Pediatric Surgery Association. “Dr. Yu’s contributions to Children’s Hospital extend far beyond his titles and roles,” says George Bisset, MD, chief medical officer at Children’s Hospital New Orleans. “Through all of his endeavors - clinical, educational, and administrative - he has demonstrated an exceptional commitment to the mission of the hospital, to the patients and families he cares for, and he has emerged as an outstanding leader.”