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About Dr Anna Pou

Anna M. Pou, MD, is currently a head and neck oncologic surgeon at Ochsner Health System in Covington, Louisiana. Dr. Pou, a native of New Orleans, received her BS from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana and an MD at Louisiana State University School of Medicine, New Orleans, Louisiana.  She subsequently completed 2 years of General Surgery training at the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center in Memphis, a residency in Otolaryngology at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and a Fellowship in Head and Neck Surgery and Microvascular Reconstruction at Methodist Hospital of Indiana.


Dr. Pou served on the faculty in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston for 7 years where she was the Director, Division of Head and Neck Surgery from 1999 to 2004.  She joined the Department of Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans in September 2004. She served on the faculty for 14 years during which time she was Professor, residency Program Director for 7 years and Director, Patient Safety and Quality Improvement.


​Dr. Pou is a diplomat of the American Board of Otolaryngology, a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member of the American Head and Neck Society where she has served on multiple committees.  Dr. Pou has a national reputation and has served on editorial boards including the Laryngoscope and was co-editor of the Head and Neck Section of the widely read textbook, Head and Neck Surgery-Otolaryngology for almost 20 years.

Dr. Anna Pou is a very skilled and compassionate “cancer” surgeon who followed in her father’s footsteps by entering the practice of medicine.  Like her father, Dr. Fred Pou, an internist for over 40 years in the New Orleans Ninth Ward, (the area most effected by Hurricane Katrina flooding), Dr. Pou is known as a patient- oriented doctor, who frequently gives patients her cell phone number.  Dr. Pou had returned to New Orleans to practice one year before Hurricane Katrina to rejoin her family and to make a difference in her native State.  As a lifelong practicing Catholic, Dr. Pou does not believe in euthanasia.

Dr. Pou was one of the doctors trapped at Memorial Hospital in New Orleans who volunteered to stay during Hurricane Katrina and, as conditions at the hospital deteriorated, she was forced to deal with “end of life” issues for some acute care patients, while the government, at all levels, abandoned the doctors, patients and the citizens of New Orleans.

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