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David Pointer, MD

Specialty: Surgery
Sub Specialty: Surgical Oncology
Program: Gastrointestinal Oncology


Cancer Focus: Colon Cancer, Colorectal Cancer, Esophageal Cancer, Pancreatic Cancer, Small Intestine Cancer, Stomach (Gastric) Cancer

Dr. David Pointer is a Clinical Instructor in the Department of Gastrointestinal Oncology. Dr. Pointer received his MD degree from Tulane University School of Medicine. He remained at Tulane University, where he completed a General Surgery Residency; served as the Administrative Chief Resident; and completed a research fellowship in the Department of Structural and Cellular Biology. Most recently, he completed a Surgical Oncology Fellowship at Moffitt Cancer Center/University of South Florida. Dr. Pointer’s clinical interests include gastrointestinal and hepatopancreaticobiliary malignancies, with a specific focus on minimally invasive surgical techniques. His research interests include surgical education and outcomes in minimally invasive oncologic surgery.

Education & Training

Board Certification:

  • Surgery - Surgical Oncology


  • Tulane University School of Medicine -
  • Moffitt Cancer Center -


  • Tulane University School of Medicine -

Medical School:

  • Tulane University School of Medicine - MD
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  • Pointer DT, Saeed S, Naffouje SA, Mehta R, Hoffe SE, Dineen SP, Fleming JB, Fontaine JP, Pimiento JM. Outcomes of 350 Robotic-assisted Esophagectomies at a High-volume Cancer Center: A Contemporary Propensity-score Matched Analysis. Ann Surg. 2020 Nov. Pubmedid: 33201093.
  • Pointer DT, Zager JS. Management of Locoregionally Advanced Melanoma. Surg Clin N Am. 2020 Feb.100(1):109-125. Pubmedid: 31753106.
  • Pointer DT, Roife D, Powers BD, Murimwa G, Elessawy S, Thompson ZJ, Schell MJ, Hodul PJ, Pimiento JM, Fleming JB, Malafa MP. Neutrophil to lymphocyte ratio, not platelet to lymphocyte or lymphocyte to monocyte ratio, is predictive of patient survival after resection of early-stage pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma. BMC Cancer. 2020 Aug.20(1):750. Pubmedid: 32782024. Pmcid: PMC7422564.
  • Pointer DT, Al-Qurayshi Z, Hamner JB, Slakey DP, Kandil E. Factors leading to pancreatic resection in patients with pancreatic cancer: a national perspective. Gland Surg. 2018 Apr.7(2):207-215. Pubmedid: 29770314. Pmcid: PMC5938269.
  • Ochoa JE, Pointer DT, Hamner JB. Vascular Anomalies in Pancreaticoduodenectomy: A Lesson Learned. Case Rep Surg. 2016 May.2016:5792980. Pubmedid: 27200204. Pmcid: PMC4856910.
  • Sternlieb SJ, Satija C, Pointer DT, Crawford BE, Sullivan L, Kandil E. Management dilemma of thyroid nodules in patients with malignant struma ovarii. Gland Surg. 2016 Aug.5(4):431-434. Pubmedid: 27563566. Pmcid: PMC4971353.

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