Dr. Brian Pettiford, MD

Cardiothoracic Surgery ·  Male · Age 49

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Dr. Brian Pettiford, MD is a cardiothoracic surgery specialist in New Orleans, LA and has been practicing for 16 years. He specializes in cardiothoracic surgery.

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I was diagnosed with a sarcoma which had collapsed my right lung. Dr. Pettiford led the removal of this tumor. It was approximately 15 pounds. I have the full use of both lungs and have made a 100 percent recovery.
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I was very pleased with the time and care that Dr. Pettiford displayed during my recent visit with him, he answered all of my questions thoroughly and was very personable. I particularly appreciated that he enthusiastically took the time to explain to me the more technical things that he was referring to, rather than just rambling off medical jargon in a rushed fashion like I've experienced in the past. Dr. Pettiford exudes confidence and knowledge andI would absolutely recommend his services.
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(504) 266-0058

Dr. Pettiford accepts the following insurance:

Aetna Better Health of Louisiana
Aetna HMO
Aetna POS
Aetna PPO
Behavioral Health
Choice Plus POS II
Choice PPO
Always Care Benefits
American Lifecare
Assurant Health
Open Access
Behavioral Health Network
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Card PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana PPO
BlueConnect HMO
Capital Blue Cross
ChoiceCare Network
Choice Care (Humana)
Cigna HMO
Cigna PPO
Great West Healthcare-Cigna PPO
Commercial Insurance Company
Coventry Health Care
Group Plan PPO
Coventry Health Care of Louisiana
Employers Health Network
Evolutions Healthcare Systems
EyeMed Vision Care
First Health (Coventry Health Care)
First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
Galaxy Health Network
Galaxy Health Network PPO
Gateway Health Plan
Geisinger Health Plan
Gilsbar 360
Government Employees Health Association (GEHA)
Health Payors Organization
Health Payors Organization PPO
Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield
Classic Blue
Cancer Care
Care Plus
Choice Care HMO
Choice Care Network PPO
Choice Care PPO
Louisiana Healthcare Connections
Louisiana Workers Compensation
Mail Handlers Benefit Plan (MHBP)
National Preferred Provider Network
Peoples Health
PPO Plus
Prime Health Services
Provider Networks of America
ProNet PPO
Three Rivers Provider Network
Three Rivers Provider Network PPO
United Healthcare Community Plan
Choice Plus POS
Community Plan
Navigate HMO
Navigate POS
Options PPO
United Behavioral Health
Universal American
UPMC Health Plan
USA Managed Care Organization

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Dr. Pettiford's Top Procedures and Conditions

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Lung Surgery
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Pettiford performs Lung Surgery more than 95% of his peers

Dr. Pettiford performs this procedure more than 95% of his peers

Lymph Node Biopsy or Excision
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Pettiford performs Lymph Node Biopsy or Excision more than 89% of his peers

Dr. Pettiford performs this procedure more than 89% of his peers

Lung Cancer

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Pettiford treats Lung Cancer more than 86% of his peers

Dr. Pettiford treats this condition more than 86% of his peers

Rating Includes other areas of care:

  • Adult Small Cell Lung Cancer
  • Bronchioalveolar Carcinoma
  • Bronchogenic Carcinoma
  • Clear Cell Adenocarcinoma
  • Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer
  • Pleura Cancer
  • Small Cell Lung Cancer

Dr. Pettiford's conditions and procedures:

  • Ablation for Treatment of Cardiac Arrhythmias
  • Abscess or Cyst Drainage or Aspiration
  • Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
  • Achalasia
  • Benign Tumor
  • Cancer
  • Decortication and Pleurectomy
  • Diaphragmatic-Paraesophageal Hiatal Hernia Repair
  • Empyema
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Esophageal Diseases
  • Esophageal Surgery
  • Esophagectomy (Esophagogastrostomy, Esophagojejunostomy)
  • Esophagomyotomy
  • Esophagomyotomy With Robotic Assistance
  • Excision of Tracheal Tumor or Stenosis
  • Flail Chest
  • Hiatal Hernia
  • Laparoscopic Surgical Procedure
  • Lobectomy of Lung With Robotic Assistance
  • Lobectomy, Open
  • Lung Cancer
  • Lung Neoplasms, Not Specified as Malignant
  • Lung Removal (Partial or Complete): Open, or Resection of Lung Tumor: Open
  • Lung Removal, Open
  • Lung Surgery
  • Lymph Node Biopsy or Excision
  • Lymphadenectomy With Robotic Assistance
  • Malignant Mesothelioma
  • Mediastinal Tumors, Malignant
  • Mitral Valve Stenosis
  • Neuroendocrine Tumors
  • Open Diaphragmatic and-or Paraesophageal Hiatal Hernia Repair
  • Open Thymectomy
  • Paralyzed Diaphragm
  • Partial Lobectomy With Robotic Assistance
  • Pericardial Disease
  • Pleura Cancer
  • Pleural Cancer
  • Port Placements or Replacements
  • Pulmonary Disease
  • Segmentectomy, Open
  • Thoracentesis
  • Thoracoscopic Drainage of Pleural Cavity With Robotic Assistance
  • Thoracoscopic Excision of Lung With Robotic Assistance
  • Thoracoscopic Lobectomy
  • Thoracoscopic Lobectomy of Lung With Robotic Assistance
  • Thoracoscopic Segmentectomy
  • Thoracoscopic Thymectomy
  • Thoracoscopic Wedge Resection
  • Thymomas
  • Tracheal Surgery
  • Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery (VATS) or Thoracotomy

About Me

To provide consistent cutting edge and compassionate care to patients when they need it the most.


  • Cardiothoracic Surgery

Board Certifications

  • Thoracic Cardiovascular Surgery


University Of Pittsburgh Medical Center (Upmc)
Residency Hospital
University Of Pittsburgh Medical Center (Upmc)
Internship Hospital
University Of Pittsburgh / Main Campus
Medical School
Morehouse College
Undergraduate School


Memberships & Affiliations

  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, Member
  • American College of Surgeons, Member
  • Eastern Cardiothoracic Surgical Society, Member
  • International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer, Member
  • Society of Thoracic Surgeons, Member
  • Southern Thoracic Surgical Association, Member

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Ochsner Medical Center

New Orleans, LA

71% Patient experience rating, 2% higher than the national average

  • America's 250 Best Hospitals Award™ (2018)