Dr. Keller is a native of Louisiana. He spent a large part of his early
childhood living and being educated in East Africa, as his father moved
the family to Kenya to complete his Ph.D. in Political Science, and then
to Ethiopia during the revolution so that he could research Ethiopian
politics firsthand. He completed high school in Berkeley, California and
then attended the University of California in Los Angeles for his undergraduate
studies, and subsequently Duke University School of Medicine where he
graduated with honors.
Dr. Keller completed his general surgery internship, residency and research
fellowship at Tulane School of Medicine, where he participated actively
in various experimental and clinical research projects. His thoracic and
cardiovascular surgery residency was completed at the Carolinas Heart
Institute (Sanger Clinic)in Charlotte, North Carolina. Dr. Keller is board
certified in cardiovascular and thoracic surgery.
Dr. Keller is author or co-author of more than 40 scholarly publications,
presentations, book chapters and abstracts, and has participated in countless
experimental and clinical studies. Thus, he is intimately aware of and
involved in the application and development of cutting edge technology,
and dedicated to providing access to the best that medicine has to offer
for his patients. He has also received scores of prestigious awards including:
the Tulane School of Medicine Owl Club Award of Excellence in Teaching,
the Robicsek Traveling Fellowship (Lahr, Germany) and numerous others.
He maintains membership in the American College of Surgeons, The Society
of Thoracic Surgeons, The Southern Thoracic Surgeons Association, and
numerous other professional organizations.
His professional interests include valvular heart disease, minimally invasive
valve surgery and endovascular surgery for aortic aneurysms. As a devoted
father and family man, Dr. Keller has long had interest in reaching out
to children in his community in an effort to show them that the world
is much bigger than the one they see every day. Over the years he has
been involved in various activities and fund raising efforts including
associations with The Boys and Girls Clubs of America and Climbing for
Kids, both charities that inspire kids to test their limits.