Orthopaedic Surgeon – Sports Medicine, Arthroscopy, and Cartilage Surgery
Previous Head Team Physician – Nola Gold Major League Rugby Team

Dr. Neil Duplantier is a double board certified orthopaedic surgeon in both general orthopeadics and sports medicine and is fellowship trained in sports medicine, arthroscopy, and cartilage surgery.

Dr. Duplantier spent an extra year of surgical and medical training after residency to concentrate on the diagnosis and treatment of athletic injuries. Dr. Duplantier (has previously) served as the head team physician for the the New Orleans Major League Rugby team, the NOLA Gold and as the Medical Director for the Sports Medicine Dept at West Jefferson Medical Center.  He has worked with various professional athletic organizations including the Houston – Astros, Texans, Dynamo, and Ballet Company; collegiate teams such as Rice and Loyola; and numerous high school teams in both New Orleans and Houston. He has also had the unique opportunity to provide treatment for the astronauts at Johnson Space Center, and the athletes at the 2016 NCAA Final Four.

Dr. Neil Duplantier graduated as valedictorian from Holy Cross Highschool in New Orleans and attended Louisiana State University for Undergraduate training in Baton Rouge as well as Medical School in Shreveport. He completed his orthopaedic surgery residency at Ochsner Clinic Foundation in New Orleans, then a sports medicine and arthroscopy fellowship at Houston Methodist Hospital.


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Going home after joint replacement surgery


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Dr. Duplantier aims to treat all of his patients with the same high quality orthopaedic care that professional athletes receive. He utilizes a minimally invasive approach to the treatment of injuries when possible in order to return patients to sport and work as quickly and safely as possible. He also aims to prevent musculoskeletal injuries before they occur through patient education and a direct focus on proper athletic technique.


2015-2016 Methodist Hospital, Houston, TX

  • Sports Medicine Fellowship

2010-2015 Ochsner Clinic Foundation, New Orleans, LA

  • Orthopedic Surgery Residency

2006-2010 Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, Shreveport, LA

  • Degree: MD

2002-2006 Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA

  • Degree Major: BS in Biology
  • Degree Minor: Chemistry

Fall 2004 University of the Sunshine Coast, Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

  • Study abroad program


2017 – Medical Director for Sports Medicine Department – West Jefferson Medical Center

February 2016 – Burwin Institute of Diagnostic Medical Ultrasound Certification

February 2015 – LOA Research Award

2014-Present – AOA Emerging Leaders Program

July 2015 – AOA Resident Leader Forum Appointment

October 2014 – Ochsner physician leadership meeting presenter

May 2002 – Valedictorian Holy Cross High school New Orleans


Fellow Membership – Arthroscopy Association of North America

Candidate Member – American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine

Emerging Leader – American Orthopedic Association

Member – American Medical Association

Member – American Academy or Orthopedic Surgeons

Member – Louisiana Orthopedic Association

Member – Louisiana State Medical Society

Member – Alpha Epsilon Delta Medical Honor Society


Please see publications and presentations page.


Dr. Duplantier specializes in acute and chronic ligament, tendon, or cartilage injuries to all major joints. He primarily treats shoulders, elbows, Knees and Hips. Many of these injuries are either sport or work related, but that is not required. He treats fractures surgically when necessary, but performs casting, bracing, and other non-operative treatments such as specialized injection therapies.

The following is a partial list of common conditions Dr. Duplantier treats:


  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) injuries
  • Posterior Cruciate ligament (PCL) injuries
  • Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) injuries
  • Lateral Colateral Ligament (LCL) injuries
  • Meniscus tears
  • Cartilage injuries (acute and chronic)
  • Patellar problems
  • Tibial plateau fractures
  • Distal femur fractures
  • Arthritis


  • Ligament tears (Tommy John Surgery)
  • Biceps / Triceps ruptures
  • Tennis elbow
  • Golfers Elbow


  • Fractures
  • Arthritis
  • Bursitis
  • Labral tears
  • Impingement (FAI)


  • Shoulder Dislocations
  • Labral tears
  • Shoulder separations
  • AC joint problems
  • Rotator cuff tears
  • Biceps tendon tears
  • Arthritis
  • Fractures