East Jefferson General Hospital

Physicians & Staff

Lawrence R. Breitfreutz, MD

Breitkreutz,Lawrence,MD-webBoard Certified, American Board of Surgery and American Board of Thoracic Surgery

Dr. Breitkreutz received his Doctorate from Tulane University. He completed his residency in General Surgery from University of Alabama at Birmingham and his fellowship in Cardiothoracic Surgery from University of Alabama at Birmingham. He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American College of Chest Physicians. He has been a Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgeon for over 20 years.

Michael N. Brothers, MD

Michael Brothers, MDBoard Certified, National Board of Medical Examiners, American Board of Surgery, and American Board of Thoracic Surgery

Dr. Brothers is leading the way for innovative surgical options for patients in both lung and cardiac surgeries. He is currently the only doctor in the area performing a minimally invasive lung cancer surgery called video-assisted thoracic lobectomy, or VATS. In this type of lobectomy, Dr. Brothers removes cancerous areas of the lungs and lymph node chains in the least invasive procedure available. VATS offers patients being treated for lung cancer less pain, a shorter hospital stay, less risk, and quicker recovery.

A traditional lobectomy requires cutting through the chest muscles and spreading the ribs open to reach the cancerous area. Patients remain in the hospital for one to two weeks after the surgery. With the VATS procedure, the entire operation takes place through several small holes, about the size of pencil eraser. The cancerous tissues are removed through one of the holes, while the other hole is used for video monitoring. The patient is able to leave the hospital only days after the surgery.

Dr. Brothers is an expert in cardiac surgery and recently performed a new minimally invasive technique to treat patients suffering from chronic atrial fibrillation. The goal is to return the patient to a normal heart rhythm and relieve the patient of symptoms and of the necessity to take Coumadin and other drugs.

Dr. Brothers received his medical degree from the University of North Carolina and his Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency at the University of Texas Southwestern and Parkland Memorial Affiliated Hospitals. He is licensed in Louisiana, Texas, Colorado, and California. He has been in private practice since 1981 and belongs to a number of professional organizations. Dr. Brothers also holds the rank of Colonel in the Air National Guard.

Tod C. Engelhardt, MD, FACS *

Tod Engelhardt, MDBoard Certified, American Board of Surgery and American Board of Thoracic Surgery

As a cardiovascular surgeon, Dr. Engelhardt brings a unique and comprehensive level of care to treatment for varicose veins. By minimizing damage to the leg veins that later in life may be needed for coronary bypass surgery, Dr. Engelhardt keeps your health options open, while still treating your varicose veins with the least invasive and most effective treatment possible.

Dr. Engelhardt has served as Chairman of Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery at East Jefferson General Hospital as well as Hospital Chief of Staff. He has published numerous articles in a variety of peer-reviewed medical journals. Dr. Engelhardt earned his medical degree from the Tulane University School of Medicine and completed his Cardiovascular-Thoracic Fellowship at the Oschner Foundation Hospital.

Dr. Engelhardt has completed three medical missions to Nicaragua, performing cardiac surgery to indigent patients and was honored for his performance of the first coronary artery bypass in the history of Nicaragua.

Harry A. Roach, MD, FACS *

Harry Roach, MDBoard Certified, American Board of Surgery and American Board of Thoracic Surgery

Dr. Roach, an active staff member at East Jefferson General Hospital, is one of the top doctors in the region for coronary bypass surgery, a procedure used to divert blood around blocked arteries in the heart. Coronary bypass surgery is considered a gold standard surgical treatment for coronary artery disease.

Dr. Roach received his medical degree from the Tulane University School of Medicine. He completed his internship and residency in General Surgery at Charity Hospital and his Fellowship in Cardiothoracic Surgery at Tulane Affiliated Hospitals. Dr. Roach was twice chosen at the Surgery Resident of the Year at Touro Infirmary (1983 & 1984) and was awarded the Tulane Owl Club Award for Excellence in Teaching (1984) while a Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery. He also belongs to a number of medical societies and entered private practice in 1987.



The Louisiana Heart, Lung, & Vascular Institute staff consists of a dedicated group of professionals who aid in the daily operations of the department. They set up appointments, assist in procedures, and help the patients as they move through the process of being treated for a variety of heart, lung, and vascular conditions.

* FACS—The letters FACS (Fellow, American College of Surgeons) after a surgeon's name mean that the surgeon's education and training, professional qualifications, surgical competence, and ethical conduct have passed a rigorous evaluation, and have been found to be consistent with the high standards established and demanded by the College.