Dr. Michael Townsend, MD

Dr. Michael Townsend, MD

General SurgeryMaleAge 64

Accepting new patients

Dr. Michael Townsend, MD is a General Surgery Specialist in New Orleans, LA. He is affiliated with Ochsner Medical Center. He is accepting new patients. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Townsend to book an appointment.



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(504) 266-0058
Ochsner Medical Center1514 Jefferson Hwy New Orleans, LA 70121

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What went well
  • Appointment wasn't rushed (8)
  • Explained conditions well (8)
  • Listened & answered questions (8)
What could be improved
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    Dr. Townsend saved my life! I first arrived at Ochsner's Emergency Room in March 2017 with a gunshot wound. Dr. Townsend and his team showed up immediately to perform emergency surgery to save my life. The bullet did damage to my small intestine and colon. I had a colostomy bag. Dr. Townsend reversed the ostomy in July 2017. Some staples failed and my incision reopened wide and deep requiring a Wound Vac. A year later I developed a huge Incisional Hernia at the same place the staples failed and needed a wound vac. In October 2019 Dr Townsend and his team performed a Flap Graft Abdominal Wall Component Separation Surgery to repair my Incisional Hernia. He and his team did a great job and my stomach looks and feels so much better!!! Almost back to normal! Thank you Dr Townsend and team for saving my life, reversing the ostomy and repairing my hernia!!!
    What went well
    • Appointment scheduling
    • Office environment
    • Staff friendliness
    • Wait times
    • Appointment wasn't rushed
    • Listened & answered questions
    • Explained conditions well
    • Trusted the provider's decisions
    What could be improved
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    Eldon Ladner – Nov 20, 2019
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    Dr. Townsend's Top Procedures and Conditions

    Treatment Frequency
    Port Placements or Replacements

    Treatment Frequency

    Dr. Townsend performs Port Placements or Replacements more than 92% of his peers

    Dr. Townsend performs this procedure more than 92% of his peers

    Rating Includes other areas of care:

    • Port Removal
    Inguinal Hernia Repair, Open

    Treatment Frequency

    Dr. Townsend performs Inguinal Hernia Repair, Open more than 91% of his peers

    Dr. Townsend performs this procedure more than 91% of his peers


    Treatment Frequency

    Dr. Townsend performs Abdominoplasty more than 91% of his peers

    Dr. Townsend performs this procedure more than 91% of his peers

    Dr. Townsend's conditions and procedures:

    • Abdominal Pain
    • Abdominal Surgery
    • Abdominal Wall Reconstruction
    • Abdominoplasty
    • Abscess or Cyst Drainage or Aspiration
    • Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
    • Adrenal Gland Cancer
    • Anal and Rectal Cancer
    • Anal Fistula
    • Anoscopy
    • Appendectomy, Laparoscopic
    • Appendectomy, Open
    • Appendicitis
    • Axillary Lymph Node Dissection
    • Benign Neoplasm of the Digestive System
    • Bile Duct Cancer
    • Bone Cancer
    • Bone Marrow Biopsy
    • Breast Cancer
    • Cholecystitis and Gallstones
    • Colectomy
    • Collapsed Lung (Pneumothorax)
    • Colon Surgery
    • Colorectal Cancer
    • Constipation
    • Crohn's Disease
    • Diaphragmatic and-or Hiatal Hernia
    • Dressing and-or Debridement of Wound, Infection, or Burn (incl. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy)
    • Enterostomy (Laparoscopic or Open)
    • Excision of Esophageal Lesion
    • Excision of Stomach Tumor
    • Excision of Tracheal Tumor or Stenosis
    • Excision, Shaving, or Destruction of Skin and Subcutaneous Tissue (incl. Mohs Micrographic Surgery), Tissue Transfer
    • Gallbladder and Biliary Tract Cancer
    • Gallbladder Cancer
    • Gallbladder Diseases
    • Gallbladder Removal
    • Gallbladder Removal (Cholecystectomy), Laparoscopic
    • Gallbladder Removal (Cholecystectomy), Open
    • Gallbladder Surgery
    • Gallstones
    • Gastrectomy
    • Gastric Restrictive With Partial Gastrectomy or Jejunojejunostomy
    • Gastric Ulcer
    • Gastrointestinal Bleeding
    • Gastrointestinal Surgery
    • Gastrotomy
    • Glossectomy
    • Hemorrhoids
    • Hernia
    • Hernia Repair
    • Hiatal Hernia
    • Hyperparathyroidism
    • Ileus
    • Incision and Removal of Foreign Object
    • Incisional Hernia
    • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
    • Inguinal Hernia
    • Inguinal Hernia Repair, Open
    • Intestinal Abscess
    • Intestinal Obstruction
    • Intestinal Transplant (incl. Enterectomy)
    • Intra-Abdominal Mass
    • Ischemic Colitis
    • Laparoscopic Surgical Procedure
    • Laparotomy
    • Lipomas
    • Lipomas Sebacious Cyst Removal
    • Liver Cancer
    • Lung Cancer
    • Lymph Node Biopsy or Excision
    • Mastectomy
    • Median Arcuate Ligament Syndrome (MALS)
    • Open Diaphragmatic and-or Paraesophageal Hiatal Hernia Repair
    • Open Gastric Restrictive Procedure
    • Open Incisional and-or Ventral Hernia Repair
    • Osteosarcoma
    • Parathyroid (Gland) Disease
    • Partial Lung Collapse
    • Pelvic Abscess
    • Peptic Ulcer
    • Percutaneous Edoscopic Gastrostomy (PEG)
    • Peripheral Arterial Aneurysm and Dissection
    • Peripheral Arterial Dissection
    • Peripheral Arterial Embolism and Thrombosis
    • Peripheral Vascular Disease (PAD, PVD)
    • Phlebitis and Thrombophlebitis
    • Pleural Effusion
    • Port Placements or Replacements
    • Primary Biliary Cholangitis
    • Pyloric Stenosis
    • Re-Operative Surgery
    • Removal or Destruction of Rectal or Intestinal Tumor (incl. Colonoscopy, Proctosigmoidoscopy, Sigmoidoscopy and Control of Hemorrhage)
    • Rib Fracture
    • Ruptured Aortic Aneurysm
    • Secondary Malignancies
    • Sepsis
    • Skin Grafts
    • Soft Tissue Tumor Removal
    • Splenectomy
    • Splenectomy and Splenorrhaphy
    • Surgical Infections
    • Thoracentesis
    • Thyroidectomy
    • Thyroidectomy or Thyroid Lobectomy
    • Tracheal Surgery
    • Tracheostomy
    • Traumatic Brain Injury
    • Tube Feeding
    • Umbilical Hernia
    • Vaginal Prolapse Surgery
    • Varicose Veins
    • Vascular Insufficiency of Intestines
    • Ventral Hernia
    • Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery (VATS) or Thoracotomy
    • Wound Repair

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    Dr. Townsend accepts the following insurance:

    Aetna HMO
    Choice Plus POS II
    National (BlueCard) PPO
    Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Blue Card PPO
    Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana
    Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana PPO
    CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield
    HealthyBlue 2.0
    HealthyBlue Advantage
    Cigna HMO
    Cigna PPO
    Open Access Plus
    Coventry Health Care of Louisiana
    Coventry Health Care of Louisiana HMO
    First Health (Coventry Health Care)
    First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
    Health Payors Organization
    Health Payors Organization PPO
    Choice Care PPO
    MultiPlan PPO
    PHCS Network PPO
    PPO Plus
    PPO Plus PPO
    Special Needs Plan
    Special Needs Plan SNP
    United Healthcare
    Worker's Compensation
    Worker's Compensation WC

    About Me

    Care Philosophy

    Respectful, Outstanding Surgical Care 


    Dr. Townsend earned his medical degree from The Ohio State University. He then completed his surgical internship, residency and fellowship at Case Western...Read more


    • General Surgery

    Board Certifications

    • Critical Care Surgery
    • General Surgery


    Case Western Reserve University
    Fellowship Hospital
    Case Western Reserve University
    Residency Hospital
    Case Western Reserve University
    Internship Hospital
    Ohio State University College Of Medicine
    Medical School


    Frequently Asked Questions

    How can I make an appointment with Dr. Michael Townsend, MD?

    Click here to schedule an appointment online. New patients can also call (504) 266-0058, and for other questions, call (504) 842-4070.

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    What are Dr. Michael Townsend, MD's top areas of care?

    Dr. Townsend frequently treats Port Placements or Replacements, Inguinal Hernia Repair, Open, and Abdominoplasty. See all procedures and conditions Dr. Townsend treats.

    Where is Dr. Michael Townsend, MD's office located?

    Dr. Townsend's office is located at 1514 Jefferson Hwy, New Orleans, LA 70121. Find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

    Does Dr. Michael Townsend, MD offer telehealth services?

    Dr. Townsend has not yet indicated whether they offer telehealth services. Please contact the office to check for availability/eligibility.

    Affiliated Hospitals

    Dr. Townsend is affiliated with the following hospital. Select the hospital below to learn more.

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    Ochsner Medical Center

    New Orleans, LA

    73% Patient experience rating, 4% higher than the national average

    19 Awards Received