• Tulane University, New Orleans, LA
• Baylor University College of Medicine
• American Board of Neurological Surgery
• Clinical Assistant Professor, Dept. of Neurosurgery, Tulane University School of Medicine
Dr. Carl F. Culicchia started Culicchia Neurological Clinic in 1961, when the West Bank of the Mississippi River was just a sleepy suburb.
Early on, the clinic included both neurosurgeons and medical neurologists and was the primary source of neurosurgical care for about 250,000 people. Always the pioneer, Dr. Culicchia established a hospital-based electroencephalographic laboratory in the 1960′s so patients in rural southeast Louisiana would have access to telephonically transmitted EEGs. He was also instrumental in establishing two hospitals and the first MRI laboratory on the West Bank.
Retirement has allowed Dr. Culicchia more time to evaluate the way our healthcare system works today. He feels strongly that a free market system which discloses performance criteria and price would go a long way toward improving the way health care is delivered. “In a free market system, the quality of medical care will become more uniform over time as the market place eliminates those medical products that fall below the acceptable level in the open market place,” Dr. Culicchia says