Raju Thomas, M.D., FACS, MHA
Professor and Chairman of Tulane Urology
Dr. Thomas is Chairman of the Department of Urology and Co-Director of Endourology, Laparoscopy, and Robotic Surgery at Tulane University School of Medicine and Medical Center. Dr. Thomas graduated from Seth G.S. Medical College of the University of Bombay, India in 1974. After General Surgery at the University of Illinois in Chicago, he completed his Urology Residency at Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans in 1982. He was an AUA scholar and completed his fellowship with the American Urological Association and National Kidney Foundation between 1979 -1980. Following his residency and fellowship, Dr. Thomas joined the faculty at Tulane University in the Department of Urology, receiving board certification by the American Board of Urology in 1984. Dr. Thomas' career has been dedicated to innovations in delivering minimally invasive urologic surgical procedures. Dr. Thomas has significant experience in basic and complex endourological procedures, including diagnostic, therapeutic and reconstructive. Dr. Thomas has produced several procedure videos which have enhanced the learning experience at many seminars, symposia, and meetings throughout the world. He continues to be a leader in the field of Urologic Laparoscopy and Robotic Surgery. He has pioneered several innovative surgical techniques and principles, authored over 100 publications, conducts and participates in advanced continuing medical education (CME) activities around the U.S. and the world, and has been listed for several years in "Best Doctors in America" and "Best Doctors in New Orleans."
His finest moment came when Hurricane Katrina shut down the Tulane University Department of Urology in 2005. Using his leadership skills, Dr. Thomas relocated all 8 residents to other programs throughout the United States. In a short time, Dr. Thomas was able to reestablish the department and program, which now continues to be fully accredited.
Dr. Thomas has been Chairman of Urology at Tulane University School of Medicine since 1996, President of the World Congress of Endourology 2013, Past-President of the Southeastern Section of the American Urological Association, and has been a member of the American College of Surgeons since 1987.