Dr. Anna Pou, a native of New Orleans, received her medical degree from Louisiana State University School of Medicine. She subsequently completed 2 years of General Surgery training at the University of Tennessee, 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 under the direction of Dr Ron Hamaker. Dr. Pou served on the faculty in the Department of Otolaryngology 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 and the Co-Director of the Fellowship in Advanced Head and Neck Oncologic Surgery from 1998 to 1999. She returned home to join the faculty in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans in September, 2004 where she is currently Professor and Program Director of the residency program.
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 and the Society of University Otolaryngologists. She has served on multiple committees of the American Academy of Otolaryngology and has presented at national and international meetings on the topics of laryngology, head and neck oncology and microvascular reconstruction. Dr Pou has authored more than 40 publications and has served on editorial boards including the Laryngoscope and the American Journal of Otolaryngology. In addition she is co-editor of the Head and Neck Section of the widely read textbook, Head and Neck Surgery-Otolaryngology. Her areas of clinical interests include head and neck oncology, microvascular reconstruction, thyroid surgery and rehabilitation of the head and neck cancer patient.
Dr Pou was on call at a local community hospital when Hurricane Katrina made landfall, August 2005. She experienced firsthand the medical and ethical challenges faced by healthcare providers caring for patients following this disaster. Since that time she has worked to educate the medical community regarding disaster preparedness. Dr Pou has also co-authored disaster medicine legislation in the state of Louisiana which was signed into law in August 2008 that provides legal protection to healthcare providers rendering care during disasters when resources are overwhelmed.
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