Dr. Raju Thomas is the Departmental Chair and Professor of Urology at Tulane University School of Medicine. A graduate from Seth G.S. Medical College & KEM Hospital of the University of Bombay in India (1974), he completed his residency in general surgery at the University of Illinois in Chicago (1977). After completing his fellowship with the American Urological Association and the National Kidney Foundation (1979-1980) then his residency in urology at Tulane University School of Medicine (1982), he joined the faculty of Tulane’s Department of Urology, receiving his board certification by the American Board of Urology in 1984.
Dr. Thomas’ career has been dedicated to innovations in delivering minimally invasive urologic surgical procedures. Innovations to his credit includes introducing urologic laparoscopic surgery to the Gulf South region in 1991 and performing the first da Vinci robotic procedure in 2002. He continues to widen the horizon of robotic urologic surgery.
In addition, Dr. Thomas has widespread experience in the management of complex kidney stones, using a range of technology, such as shockwave lithotripsy, percutaneous and ureteroscopic approaches, and lasers. With significant experience in basic and complex endourological procedures, including diagnostic, therapeutic, and reconstructive, he has produced several procedure videos which have enhanced the learning experience at many seminars, symposia, and meetings throughout the world.
As a leader in the field of urologic laparoscopy and robotic surgery, Dr. Thomas has pioneered several innovative surgical techniques and principles, authored over 180 publications, conducted and participated in advanced continuing medical education (CME) activities around the U.S. and the world, and has been listed for several years in “Best Doctors in America” and “Best Doctors in New Orleans.”
Having served as President of the Southeastern Section of the American Urological Association (2010-2011), President of the World Congress of Endourology & SWL (2012-2013), and President of the American Urological Association (2021-2022), Dr. Thomas feels that, of all his accomplishments, rescuing and rebuilding Tulane’s Urology Department and Residency Program, following Hurricane Katrina in 2005, stands out as his finest moment.