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Dr. David Pointer is a surgical oncologist at Ochsner MD Anderson Cancer Center. He earned his medical degree and completed a general surgery residency from Tulane University School of Medicine, which included a research fellowship within the Department of Structural and Cellular Biology. Dr. Pointer completed fellowship training in surgical oncology at H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute in Tampa, Florida, with additional focus on robotic approaches in complex surgical oncology.As a surgical oncologist specializing in the diagnosis and management of complex malignancies, he utilizes a variety of skills and strategies, including minimally invasive techniques and multidisciplinary care, to provide quality personalized treatment for both common and rare malignancies.His clinical interests include gastrointestinal, hepatopancreaticobiliary, skin and soft tissue malignancies with a specific focus on the application of robotic techniques. His research interests include surgical education and outcomes in minimally invasive oncologic surgery.Dr. Pointer is double board certified in Complex General Surgical Oncology and General Surgery. He is a member of the American College of Surgeons (ACS), the Society of Surgical Oncology (SSO), the Association for Academic Surgery (AAS), and the Americas Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association (AHPBA).Dr. Pointer's clinical expertise includes gastric and esophageal cancer, pancreatic cancer, melanoma and sarcoma, neuroendocrine tumors, liver and bile duct cancers, robotic and minimally invasive surgery and peritoneal surface malignancies (HIPEC).

Medical Education

Tulane University School of Medicine
Field of Study: Doctor of Medicine


Tulane University School of Medicine - GME
Field of Study: General Surgery Internship


Tulane University School of Medicine - GME
Field of Study: General Surgery Residency


H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute
Field of Study: Surgical Oncology Fellowship

  • American Board of Surgery