Specialty Medicine

It’s always nice when your primary care physician is able to provide one-stop care, but sometimes a specialist is needed to either diagnose a complex issue or oversee its treatment. From disc replacements to facelifts, laser treatments to minimally invasive surgeries, specialists know more about the various approaches to complex issues from their years of study, research, and experience. Talking through your options with a specialist can help you better understand your medical needs and weigh future outcomes. Getting a second opinion from other specialists in the same field may also be helpful for seeing the big picture. With so many hospitals and medical centers across New Orleans, specialists abound in nearly every field of medicine. Find out who your friends and family see and read about the following the health care providers in the fields of orthopaedics and plastic surgery. Pharmacists also require special training and can help you acquire the right medicines and medical equipment for your needs.


Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine


Serving the West Bank and Greater New Orleans region, Westside Orthopaedic Clinic provides superior general orthopaedic treatment with a specialty in spinal care. The clinic has been in operation since 1961, making it one of the longest standing orthopaedic clinics in the city.

Dr. Ralph. Katz is a board certified and fellowship trained orthopedic specialist who has performed over 1,000 minimally invasive procedures with consistently excellent outcomes. For the right patient who has failed conservative treatment (e.g. medication, physical therapy, injections), a minimally invasive microdiscectomy can be done in an outpatient setting with an incision that can be covered by a band-aid. The procedure typically takes less than an hour. Most patients can return to normal activities within three to six weeks. Additionally, Dr. Katz performs cervical and lumbar spinal fusions, utilizing small incisions with minimally invasive systems. He is one of few local surgeons who perform both cervical and lumbar disc replacements.

Westside offers full-service, in-house x-rays, as well as physical therapy services with access to new rehabilitation equipment. Same day appointments can be accommodated. For more information, visit WestsideOrtho.com or call 504-347-0243.


Plastic Surgery


Does your appearance reflect your inner energy? If it doesn’t, consider a consultation with board certified plastic surgeons
Dr. Elliott Black or Dr. Summer Black. There are a variety of surgical and non-surgical techniques available to help individuals enhance and refresh their appearance.

“Surgery is not the only option these days,” Dr. Elliott Black emphasizes. “Laser technology and other developments in the cosmetic field such as Botox and fillers offer alternatives to surgery with excellent results,” Dr. Summer Black adds. “The patient benefits with little downtime and minimal or no swelling or bruising. Many non-invasive procedures also provide immediate results,” she says.

With a new office, the father and daughter team have expanded their facilities to house a full range of laser equipment, including SculpSure non-invasive fat melting, IPL, laser hair removal, fractionated erbium, and fractionated CO2.

For information on available surgical or non-invasive cosmetic procedures, contact Dr. Elliott Black or Dr. Summer Black at
504-883-8900, or visit their office at 3798 Veterans Memorial Blvd. in Metairie.


A specialist in facial aesthetics, Dr. Sean Weiss is one of a select few surgeons in the world who are double board certified in Facial Plastic Surgery and Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery. Using the top plastic surgery techniques, he performs cosmetic surgical procedures on men and women seeking enhancement of the face, head, and neck. Dr. Weiss also performs non-surgical procedures including injectable fillers and wrinkle reduction.

Fellowship trained, Dr. Weiss works exclusively on plastic surgery of the face, head, and neck. With years of experience and a vast knowledge about this area of the body, Dr. Weiss performs facelift, blepharoplasty, forehead lift, brow lift, rhinoplasty, hair restoration, and other procedures, providing comprehensive care for your aesthetic needs.

Dr. Sean Weiss – Facial Plastic Surgery is located in Metairie just minutes from downtown New Orleans. Learn more at seanweissmd.com or call 504-814-3223 to schedule your consultation.


Medicine & Medical Equipment


Generations of families have turned to Patio Drugs for assistance in managing their healthcare needs. Family owned and operated since 1958, Patio Drugs helps customers understand their medications, both prescription and over-the-counter, and provides free prescription delivery throughout East Jefferson. A full-service pharmacy and the oldest independent pharmacy in Jefferson Parish, Patio Drugs is also a leading provider of home medical equipment. For everything from a Band-Aid, to medication, to a hospital bed, Patio Drugs is the one-stop source for your family’s healthcare needs. In addition to providing retail and medical equipment, Patio Drugs can assist with long-term care as well as specialty and compounding services.

Patio Drugs is accredited by The Joint Commission in Home Medical Equipment, Long Term Care, and Consultant Pharmacy Services. Their Compounding Pharmacy is PCAB accredited through ACHC. Patio Drugs is located at 5208 Veterans Boulevard in Metairie. For more information, call 504-889-7070. Patio Drugs, “Large Enough to Serve You, Yet, Small Enough to Know You.”

Pain Management


Southern Pain & Neurological is happy to offer Superion Indirect Decompression System, a new, minimally invasive approach to treat lumbar stenosis that fits in the gap of treatment offerings between conservative care and invasive surgery. FDA approved and covered by Medicare, this outpatient treatment is especially helpful for older patients and those not able to tolerate more invasive laminectomy to treat significant limitation in walking or continuous standing. Clinical trials indicated 90% patient satisfaction through 60 months. Successful reduction in leg pain was rated at 75% for Superion, which was better than a laminectomy and for the same evaluation period.

Doctors Paul Hubbell, Barry Faust, and Donald Richardson understand that chronic pain, especially stenosis and resultant claudication, creates a prison for patients, which disables them from an active lifestyle. The stress from the walking and standing pain negatively affect personalities and decreases freedom. If you are suffering from chronic pain, contact Southern Pain and find out if the Superion minimally invasive indirect decompression system or something else is right for you. For information and scheduling at the Metairie, Marrero and Covington office, please call 1-800-277-1265.

Internal Medicine


Internal Medicine Specialists, Inc. is a multi-specialty clinic caring for people›s health in New Orleans and the surrounding area for well over 60 years. Its team of specialists, nurse practitioners, and staff provide comprehensive care to patients in Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology; Endocrinology; Family Medicine; Gastroenterology; Geriatrics; Internal Medicine; Nephrology; Pulmonology.

Internal Medicine Specialists, Inc. would like to congratulate Dr. Christopher Barrilleaux on being named Top Gastroenterologist and Dr. Charles C Smith, III on being named Top Pulmonologist. Dr. Barrilleaux is a board certified gastroenterologist practicing in New Orleans since 1990 after providing 10 years of military service in the Army.  Dr. Smith is a board certified pulmonologist practicing in New Orleans since 1989. They both provide care to patients at the Internal Medicine Specialists, Inc. practice and in the hospital.

Please call 504-897-1887 to schedule your appointment today. The practice is located Uptown at 3525 Prytania Street, Suite 526. Dr. Barrilleaux also sees patients at our LaPlace location.