Carl Culicchia Obituary, Death – The Culicchia Neurological family mourns its founder, acclaimed neurosurgeon Carl Culicchia. He was 95. One of the Gulf South’s major neurological and neurosurgical offices, Dr. Culicchia’s firm was founded in 1961. Early on, the clinic had neurosurgeons and medical neurologists and provided neurosurgical care to about a quarter million West Bank people.
“I was convinced it was a better model,” Dr. Culicchia recalled decades later. Neurologists and neurosurgeons working together would improve medicine, specialist staff, and patient care. Physical results must support neurosurgery indications. Having neurological specialists on staff improved patient care.” In 1989, his son, neurosurgeon Frank Culicchia, joined the clinic, which currently has over a dozen doctors and CNC Hearing and Balance Center.
Dr. Carl, as his patients and friends called him, first visited West Jefferson Hospital in 1960, a sleepy suburb, out of curiosity. After finishing his residency at Baylor University College of Medicine, he sought a permanent practice.
Someone advised I visit West Jefferson after hearing about it. I located West Jefferson after crossing the bridge for the first time. I stopped and said, “How far?”
Dr. Carl took his son Frank on hospital rounds on weekends.Born in Brooklyn, New York, Dr. Carl attended Tulane University (B.S.) and Tulane Medical School before becoming a general medical officer in the Air Force. 1998 saw his Culicchia Neurological retirement. His daughter Maria C. Ferro (Salvador), sons Frank Culicchia (Cappy), Leonard P. Culicchia (Leslie), and John J. Culicchia, sister Rosalee C. Serros (Robert), and grandchildren Catherine M. Culicchia, F. Michael Culicchia, Ashley C. Cash (Todd), Carl L. Culicchia (Annie), Jennifer E. Culicchia, Matthew P. Ferro (Alison), Guy A. Ferro (Alison), and Times Picayune obituary