Famous surgeon Dr. John Ochsner has died

July 7, 2018 by Jerry McCormick

One of the more prominent doctors in the history of the south passed away Friday night.

Dr. John Ochsner died at the age of 91 in a hospital bearing his name.

Family Practice

As the son of Dr. Alton Ochsner, great things were expected of Dr. John Ochsner.

You see, his father, back in the early 1940s, created a private group practice in Tulane.

That “small” practice would eventually grow into what many call a “juggernaut” in the health care system, the Ochsner Health Care System.

The CEO and Board Chairman of the company stated, “For more than 57 years, Dr. Ochsner has been a consistent, larger-than-life presence across our hospitals and with our staff and patients.”

The American Association of Thoracic Surgery called the father and son doctors “heroes of southern medicine.”

Caring Presence

After Ochsner’s death, those who knew him told a story of a man who truly cared about his patients.

This was the head of a major healthcare organization that continued to tour the floors of his hospitals to sit down and listen to the needs of patients.

What is even more amazing is he actually addressed their concerns.

One friend stated, “That’s just who he was.”

“He was the face of the place, in many people’s eyes,” he added.

Dr. Ochsner’s achievements are too numerous to list, but one of his more notable achievements is the work he did early in his career on valve and coronary surgery.

He was also among the first in the world to do a heart transplant, actually the first of its kind in the Gulf South.

In 2000, Dr. Ochsner was awarded the Michael E. DeBakey Surgical Award.

He is survived by his wife, sister, four children, and two grandchildren.

An announcement will be made soon for his memorial services.