Howard Hirsch, MD

I was born in Baton Rouge. I have been fortunate to be able to pursue my education in many of our country's top institutions and even abroad. My wife and I lived for 25 years in Rhode Island. During that time I practiced orthopedic surgery, taught as a member of the faculty at Brown University and helped to raise our three children. Over the past few years we have come to increasingly appreciate New Orleans and have decided that we want to live here. Ochsner has provided me with an ideal opportunity to continue my practice, focusing on providing joint replacement to patients with progressive arthritis of the hip and knee.

As an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in hip and knee replacement, I strive to enable patients to maintain their quality of life. Because joint replacement is almost never mandatory, I endeavor to explain the possibility of both surgical and nonsurgical care to my patients, along with the associated risks and expectations associated with each. I also try to assist in the decision making process, without ever pushing patients toward surgery who might reasonably be managed without it.

When a patient elects for me to perform joint replacement, I strive to make the experience as "minimally invasive" as possible. By that I mean that I try to provide ample preoperative education while eliminating unnecessary testing, perform efficient surgery, manage postoperative pain effectively and safely, discharge patients directly back to their homes and direct a rehabilitation process that enables them to return to their normal activities as quickly as possible.

Medical School

Brown University Medical School

Internship

UCSF

Residency

University of Oklahoma

Fellowship

University of Pennsylvania

Explore Clinical Trials

Over 1,000 clinical trials
being conducted at Ochsner.

Donate to Ochsner

We change and save lives every day.
Your support makes it possible.

Download the
MyOchsner Mobile App

With the Mobile App you can review test results, medications, immunization history, pay your bill, stay in touch with your provider and more.

Access Care 24/7

Ochsner Anywhere Care Virtual Vists

Get Care Now

Healthy living tips,
delivered to your inbox