International Health


Ochsner International Health Services

Ochsner Health System in New Orleans began its long and illustrious journey towards medical innovation in 1942. Ochsner was created by five physicians and surgeons, including the internationally renowned surgeon and educator, Dr. Alton Ochsner. Since opening, the Ochsner name has become synonymous with advanced medical research, education and clinical care and is considered one of the top five medical institutions of its kind in the nation.

Patients come to Ochsner from throughout the United States and from around the world. They come to Ochsner to see some of the brightest minds in the field of medicine, a staff of over 600 physicians practicing in more than 80 medical specialties and sub-specialties, and to access the latest technological advances and cutting-edge research assembled in one of the most comprehensive medical facilities in North America. This tradition of medical excellence has, for more than 60 years, firmly established the Ochsner name alongside the other world-renowned multi-specialty clinics like Mayo, Cleveland, Lahey, Henry Ford and Lovelace. This dedication to leadership in healthcare reaps rewards for our patients. Ochsner is consistently ranked among the very best in patient satisfaction and quality of care surveys.

Our patients are our focus and their well-being is our primary concern. To this end, Ochsner has developed a highly specialized, regionally integrated, delivery system that extends its approach to healthcare far beyond the main campus.

Healthcare with Peace of Mind

At Ochsner, we strive to provide services tailored to the needs of each patient. We carefully assess our patients' health while helping to enhance their overall well-being awareness. This approach to healthcare through a better understanding of a patient's lifestyle profile enables us to offer options that can be used to maximize overall health.


A Tradition of International Health Service

For over 50 years, Ochsner has been a major referral center for patients from around the world and particularly from Central and South America. From prenatal to geriatric care, Ochsner offers healthcare for the entire family. The depth and breadth of our medical expertise literally covers every aspect of human illness and disorder regardless of age or gender. This broad capability allows our patients to access an extensive continuum of care that is second to none in the world. Ochsner treats over 4,000 international visitors annually and, while many international patients are seen at Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans, Ochsner physicians often travel to remote locations to provide specialized medical care where none exists. Ochsner also has one of the nation's largest non-university academic programs for intern and residency training. The list of international physicians trained at Ochsner over the past 50 years is substantial. Ochsner Health System has been a bountiful resource and training ground for young doctors who come here to receive the training and experience that will eventually provide medical expertise to the residents of their homeland. Currently, twenty percent of the physicians training at Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans are foreign-born.

Service, Convenience and World-Class Treatment

Ochsner's long history of international service has made this department particularly sensitive to the needs and desires of our international clientele. We are particularly aware of the unique ethnic and cultural needs of the international traveler and every effort is made to anticipate and meet these needs while providing exceptional attention to every detail. The Ochsner staff takes great pride in providing world-class service before, during and after each visit. This level of highly personalized service encourages an atmosphere where every effort is extended to create an environment of comfort and convenience. Personal services are offered seven-days-a-week with on-call capabilities available at any time for emergency situations. A patient coordinator is assigned to each patient to assist in all arrangements including air transportation, lodging, medical appointments and all appropriate tests that may be needed during the patient's stay. The patient coordinator will help with any and all special considerations that may be needed and can make arrangements should you wish to experience the flavor and excitement of New Orleans during our stay.