Dr. David C. Treen, FACS, FASMBS
St. Charles Surgical Hospital
"While my practice continues to offer a broad scope of services, I have particular interest in the fields of Bariatric (weight loss) Surgery and Hernia and Abdominal Wall Reconstructive Surgery. I can think of no better place to offer these types of life changing procedures than in a hospital dedicated to the restoration of one’s body and spirit."
– David C. Treen, MD, FACS, FASMBS
David C. Treen, Jr., MD, FACS, FASMBS is the founder, President, and CEO of both the Surgical Clinic of Louisiana, and the Hernia Institute of Louisiana. These practices are dedicated to the pursuit of excellence and optimal results for all patients. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and a Fellow of the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeons. He has served as Chief of Surgery, Vice-Chief of Staff, and Chief of Staff at West Jefferson Medical Center. He is an Associate Clinical Professor of Surgery at Tulane University Health Sciences Center, and serves as the Fellowship Program Director for Advanced Laparoscopic and Bariatric Surgery for the Tulane Department of Surgery at the West Jefferson Medical Center campus.
General surgery has seen more innovation and evolution in the last 20 years than in the previous 100 years. And with those new innovations, sub-specialization of surgeons within the scope of general surgery has become common. Completing his surgical residency at the Alton Ochsner Foundation Hospital and Clinic in 1989 after serving as the Chief Surgical Resident in his final year of training, Dr. Treen saw the revolutionary adoption of laparoscopic surgery as an opportunity to become highly skilled and innovative in the new era of general surgery. He rapidly became a leader in the field of Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery, and since 1999, has been an invited lecturer and instructor in Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery, and Abdominal Wall Reconstructive procedures.
The Hernia Institute of Louisiana, founded by Dr. Treen in 1999, was developed out of the perception that advanced techniques in the repair of common hernias as well as major abdominal wall reconstructive procedures was needed in our region. Since the opening of the Hernia Institute, Dr. Treen has brought the latest and most advanced hernia repair techniques to New Orleans. Several modifications of surgical methods by Dr. Treen have become standard procedures around the world. In an effort to promote the adoption of advanced surgical techniques in the repair of hernias, Dr. Treen has established a monthly symposium at St. Charles Surgical Hospital for surgeons from around the world to learn and observe these latest techniques. Over the last decade, thousands of surgeons have traveled to New Orleans to learn from Dr. Treen. He has been the Visiting Professor at numerous Medical Schools and teaching hospitals in the United States, Canada, and Europe. As a member of the Board of Directors of the American Hernia Society, Dr. Treen continues to work toward the advancement of research and development of surgical methodologies, and biomaterials for pursuit of the ideal solutions for hernia repair and abdominal wall reconstruction. And he has established a not for profit foundation to facilitate provision of hernia repair in underserved areas in the western hemisphere.
As obesity has become the most serious public health crisis in the country, Dr. Treen began working toward development of a program to provide weight-loss surgical options for patients in the region. After several years of training, preparation, and exemplary patient care, Dr. Treen and the Surgical Clinic of Louisiana were awarded certification as a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence by the Surgical Review Corporation. Dr. Treen has performed hundreds of weight loss surgical procedures, and his results are among the best in the country.