Orthopaedics in New Orleans, a Decade after Katrina

Although challenges remain, orthopaedists laud the city’s resilience

Jennie McKee

On Aug. 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina slammed into the Mississippi Gulf Coast, causing massive flooding that destroyed homes and left more than 1,000 people dead. As the storm plunged New Orleans into chaos, orthopaedic surgeons and other medical professionals evacuated patients from the city’s hospitals and provided desperately needed medical care. Later, New Orleans’ orthopaedists rebuilt their personal and professional lives, opting either to stay in the city or begin again somewhere new.

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