Teresa Klainer, MD

I was born in Argentina but grew up a local New Orleanian and learned English as a second language when I was 7 years old. I remain fluent in Spanish and learned French in high school and college where I almost made it a career before choosing to go to medical school. My parents were both doctors and it was always in my mind as a hard choice but a good way to help people and that is what I wanted to do. My aptitude testing came out that I should be a social worker.
I went to Tulane University Newcomb College initially then transferred to Louisiana State University where I received a Bachelor of Science in Zoology in 1988. I attended Medical School in New Orleans at Louisiana State Health Sciences Center and received my Medical Doctorate in 1992. I loved patient care of all types, more than anything using my brain to sort through problems and discuss the best options with the person affected. My younger self was very impatient, needed immediate feedback and results and chose general surgery training as the next path. I went to New York City and did a 5 year apprenticeship in general surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan. It is a free standing, community based residency program. At the time it was affiliated with Cornell University. Currently it is affiliated with NYU. After completing my residency there I returned to New Orleans and practiced general, bariatric and laparoscopic surgery. I became board certified in general surgery in 1999 and re-certified in 2009. I am a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. I belong to the Society of American Gastroendoscopic Surgeons and the American Society of Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery.
My training in surgery included training in the care of both children and adults in the OR, ER and recovery room. This makes taking care of people in urgent care a natural transition for me. I am at a stage in life where I am ready for a change of pace and enjoy communication.

Medical School

Louisiana State University School of Medicine, New Orleans

Internship

Lenox Hill Hospital, New York

Residency

Lenox Hill Hospital, New York

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