Dr. Brian Pettiford, MD

Dr. Brian Pettiford, MD

Thoracic Surgery  ·  
Male  ·  
47 y/o

Accepting new patients

Dr. Brian Pettiford, MD is a thoracic surgery specialist in New Orleans, LA and has been practicing for 15 years. He specializes in thoracic surgery.Read his story

Ochsner Medical Center

1514 Jefferson Hwy

New Orleans, LA 70121
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Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Always Care Benefits
  • American Lifecare
  • Assurant Health
  • AvMed
  • Behavioral Health Network
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana
  • Capital Blue Cross
  • ChoiceCare Network
  • Cigna
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • CoreSource
  • Coventry Health Care

Learn about Dr. Pettiford

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Top Care Areas

See how frequently Dr. Pettiford performs your care needs compared to other doctors.

Lung Surgery
very high
more than 95% of peers
Lung Cancer
more than 88% of peers
Pulmonary Disease
more than 88% of peers

Dr. Pettiford's percentages are based on the rate of treatment compared to peers nationwide from insurance data. Learn more info about our data and this Top Care Areas component.

Dr. Pettiford's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Pettiford "Dr. Pettiford is a Tifton GA native and graduate of Morehouse College. He received his medical doctor degree from the University of Pittsburgh. He subsequently trained in general surgery and cardiothoracic surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). After a year in private practice, he returned to UPMC where he worked as a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Heart, Lung and Esophageal Cancer Institute. He subsequently practiced in the Wellspan Health System in York, PA prior to joing the Ochsner Health System. Dr. Pettiford's focus includes minimally invasive general thoracic surgery including robotic and VATS. He also has an interest in all aspects of thoracic oncology; including lung cancer, esophageal cancer, and malignant mesothelioma"
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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Pettiford "To provide consistent cutting edge and compassionate care to patients when they need it the most."

1  Specialties

  • Thoracic Surgery

1  Board Certifications

  • Thoracic Cardiovascular Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Thoracic Surgery*

20  Conditions Treated

  • Achalasia
  • Benign Tumor
  • Cancer
  • Empyema
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Esophageal Diseases
  • Flail Chest
  • Hiatal Hernia
  • Lung Cancer
  • Lung Neoplasms, Not Specified as Malignant
  • Malignant Mesothelioma
  • Mediastinal Tumors, Malignant
  • Mitral Valve Stenosis
  • Neuroendocrine Tumors
  • Paralyzed Diaphragm
  • Pericardial Disease
  • Pleura Cancer
  • Pleural Cancer
  • Pulmonary Disease
  • Thymomas

29  Procedures

Background Check

Malpractice Claims not available

Healthgrades does not collect malpractice information for Louisiana.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • Morehouse College
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1992
  • University of Pittsburgh / Main Campus
    Medical School | Graduated 1996
  • University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC)
    Internship Hospital | Completed 2001
  • University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC)
    Residency Hospital | Completed 2003

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Pettiford has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional 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

Dr. Pettiford's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Pettiford to family and friends
4 total reviews (1 has a comment)

Likelihood to Recommend (4)

  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1

Dr. Pettiford's Performance

  • Trustworthiness

  • Explains condition(s) well

  • Answers questions

  • Time well spent


Office & Staff Performance

  • Scheduling

  • Office environment

  • Staff friendliness

  • Average wait time

    10 to 15 minutes

Patient Comments (1)

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...more
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