Ralph L. Corsetti, M.D. — Tulane Medical Center

Dr. Corsetti is a Professor of Surgery at the Tulane University School of Medicine within the Department of Surgery with a clinical practice in surgical oncology including breast, endocrine, and melanoma surgery at Tulane’s Northshore campus based at Lakeview Regional Medical Center in Covington, LA. Dr. Corsetti received his Bachelor of Arts degree graduating Magna Cum Laude from Boston University in 1987. He then earned his Doctor of Medicine degree as a Massachusetts Commonwealth Scholar from the Boston University School of Medicine in 1991.

Dr. Corsetti first moved to New Orleans in 1991 for his general surgery residency at Tulane University School of Medicine Affiliated Hospitals program which included Charity Hospital. He completed the five year general surgery residency program in 1996. Dr. Corsetti then sucessfully completed a two year Society of Surgical Oncology approved clinical and research fellowship in surgical oncology at the Brown University School of Medicine and affiliated hospitals in Providence, Rhode Island from 1996 to 1998.

Since completing surgical training in 1998, Dr. Corsetti has been a member of both private and group academic clinical practices. He has over 20 years of clinical experience in general surgery/surgical oncology with a focused interest in breast, endocrine (thyroid, parathyroid, and adrenal glands), and melanoma surgery. Dr. Corsetti has had an extensive regional clinical presence in breast, endocrine, and melanoma surgery with expertise in the surgical management of breast cancer as well as benign breast disease and the high-risk breast patient. His practice also has a focus on endocrine and melanoma surgery.

This includes surgical mastery of nipple sparing and traditional skin sparing mastectomy (with immediate reconstruction if desired or recommended), or breast conservation surgery (lumpectomy) with seed and reflector localization, oncoplastic breast tissue sparing and rearrangement, advanced sentinel lymph node biopsy and targeted axillary dissection, as well as minimally invasive and laparoscopic surgeries.

Dr. Corsetti’s philosophy strongly believes in patient education and direct patient involvement in the clinical decision making process to optimize outcomes and satisfaction throughout the entire treatment process. There are often numerous options available for successful management of disease, and these are thoroughly presented and discussed with the patient and/or family before treatment decisions are made.

Dr. Corsetti has authored over 30 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters. He has received numerous clinical, teaching, and educational awards. Because of his dedication to patient care, education, and research, he has been awarded the Edward G. Schlieder Educational Foundation Chair in Surgical Oncology at Tulane University School of Medicine where is he is a Professor of Surgery. He is also an active member of the American College of Surgeons, Society of Surgical Oncology, and American Society of Breast Surgeons.

His awards have included the Tulane Surgery Elmo J. Cerise Best Resident Award, the Leonard H. Tow Humanism in Medicine Award, the American Cancer Society Spirit/Service Award, Tulane University School of Medicine Owl Club Awards, Department of Surgery Outstanding Clinical Faculty Teacher of the Year Awards, Physician of the Month/Quarter Awards, System Wide Teacher of the Year Spirit of Leadership Award, Oncology Research Excellence Award, University of Queensland, Australia Clinical Teaching Award, as well as being recognized as a Top/Best Doctor in New Orleans, LA, and America.

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