The Merging of Two Careers
Because of his admiration for his father’s work as an auto mechanic and his mother’s work as a nurse, Dr. Brian Pettiford decided to go into the field of medicine to help fix people. This talented thoracic surgeon is particularly interested in treating lung cancer and mesothelioma. He has helped lead the mesothelioma program at the Ochsner Cancer Institute, attracting patients from all over the Gulf Coast.
Dr. Brian Pettiford is particularly interested in treating lung cancer and mesothelioma. He has helped lead the mesothelioma program at the Ochsner Cancer Institute, attracting patients from all over the Gulf Coast.
Education and Expertise
Dr. Pettiford earned his medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, where he also completed his internship and residency in general surgery and his fellowship in cardiothoracic surgery.
Dr. Pettiford was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society while in general surgery residency and reached the rank of Lieutenant Commander while serving in the United States Navy Reserve Medical Corps. He has authored and co-authored more than 40 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters.
Dr. Pettiford elects to perform minimally invasive robotic surgery to treat thoracic malignancies. He prefers this technique over more aggressive surgical techniques because it has fewer risks, is less invasive, and has a shorter recovery time. Robotic surgery involves the use of tiny instruments that the surgeon controls via a computer board, allowing the surgeon a greater degree of dexterity and precision. With this skill and expertise, Dr. Pettiford is able to provide his patients with the best care.