Nationally-Recognized Cardiothoracic Pediatric Surgeon Dr. Peeler Joins Ochsner

Dr. Ben Peeler

NEW ORLEANS – Ochsner Health System has welcomed Dr. Ben Peeler as the system’s new board-certified congenital cardiac and thoracic cardiovascular pediatric surgeon to Ochsner Hospital for Children.

         Ochsner Health System reps said he brings decades of invaluable experience and leadership to an already top-notch team within the Ochsner Congenital Heart Program. His talents will deliver a seamless collaboration between Ochsner’s pediatric and adult providers, they said.

         “I am excited to join the Ochsner Health System as it builds upon its long track record of excellence and authentic physician leadership,” said Dr. Peeler. “My goal is to be part of the growth of the overall congenital heart program into one of the nation’s best and to be a part of Ochsner’s mission to become the preeminent provider of children’s health care in the Gulf South and beyond.”

         Dr. Peeler’s achievements include:


• Society of Thoracic Surgeons(STS) 3-Star classification for 2011-15 surgical results: Congenital Heart Center at Levine Children’s Hospital

• Neonatal surgical results far exceeding national standards (mortality rate 1/3 predicated)

• Performed 90+% of all neonatal/complex surgeries at Levine Children’s Hospital

• 94%+ survival rate for the Norwood procedure for treatment of Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome since 2006

• Patient Length-of-Stay better than STS standards in 10/10 monitored operation categories


         Dr. Peeler previously served as the chair of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery at Sanger Heart and Vascular Institute, as well as director of the Sanger Congenital Heart program, and chief of pediatric and adult congenital cardiac surgery at Sanger/Levine Children’s Hospital, part of the Carolina’s HealthCare System.

         Prior to leading the Charlotte program, he was associate professor of surgery and the surgical director of the pediatric cardiac surgery program at The University of Virginia Health Sciences Center.

         He received his medical degree from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, Tennessee, completed a residency in general surgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center; and completed three fellowships – in thoracic and cardiovascular surgery, as well as vascular surgery at the University of Virginia Health Sciences Center and in pediatric cardiothoracic surgery, at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta-Egleston and the Emory University School of Medicine.

         He received the Co-Leadership Award and multiple quality awards from the Sanger Heart and Vascular Institute/Carolinas HealthCare System. Additionally, he won the Dean’s Award for Clinical Excellence from the University of Virginia School of Medicine. He is a member of the American Association for Thoracic Surgery, Congenital Heart Surgeons’ Society, Society of Thoracic Surgeons, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and he is a fellow of the American college of Surgeons.

         Ochsner Health System is Louisiana’s largest non-profit, academic, healthcare system with 28 owned, managed and affiliated hospitals and more than 60 health centers. Ochsner is the only Louisiana hospital recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a “Best Hospital” across six specialty categories caring for patients from all 50 states and more than 80 countries worldwide each year. Ochsner employs more than 17,000 employees and over 1,000 physicians in over 90 medical specialties and subspecialties, and conducts more than 1,000 clinical research studies.

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