Physician Advisors

Emery Minnard, M.D.

Evologics Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Emery Minnard serves as Evologics Chief Medical Officer. A native of Lafayette, LA, Dr. Minnard earned his undergraduate degree at Xavier University in New Orleans before being accepted to Meharry Medical College in Nashville, TN. After completing his surgery residency at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Dr. Minnard received his surgical oncology fellowship at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. During his residency he completed two years of cancer research at the University of Pennsylvania where he authored several papers in cell biology and signal transduction.


Dr. Minnard returned to Louisiana as an assistant professor of surgery at Louisiana State University Medical Center in Shreveport. There, he became very active in the state’s preventative and awareness initiatives in early detection and treatment with the aid of the American Cancer Society. After a brief period at Louisiana State University Medical Center, New Orleans, he began his private practice on the West Bank of New Orleans at West Jefferson Medical Center and Ochsner Medical Center West Bank Campus.


Dr. Minnard currently practices surgical oncology and general surgery at Ochsner Medical Center Westbank where he’s performed thousands of complex operations on cancer patients specifically related to breast, lung, colon and hepatobiliary tumors.

He has served as Chief of Surgery and now Chief of Staff at Ochsner Westbank. He also trains Tulane surgical residents and medical students from University of Queensland Medical School as a surgery instructor.

Brian Ladner, M.D.

Evologics Orthopedic Surgeon Director/Advisor

Dr. Brian Ladner serves as Evologics Orthopedic Surgeon Director. He received his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Mississippi State University in 2001 and his Doctor of Medicine in 2005 from the University of Mississippi Medical School. In 2010, Dr. Ladner completed a residency in Orthopedic Surgery at LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans. He then completed a fellowship in trauma and adult reconstruction in the Harvard Orthopedic Department in Boston in 2011. Dr. Ladner practiced in Hammond, LA for eight years before joining the team at Ochsner.
His surgical interests include complex fracture care, joint replacement, and joint replacement revisions.