About Philip L. Leggett, M.D.
Dr. Leggett was born in Houston, Texas and graduated from Strake Jesuit High School in 1971. He then attended The University of Texas at Austin and obtained a B.A. degree and was elected to membership in Phi Beta Kappa upon graduation. Dr. Leggett then went to medical school at The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, Texas graduated in 1980 and married his wife, Janet. He went to New Orleans, Louisiana and completed a five year residency in General Surgery at Alton Ochsner and completed his training as Chief Surgical Resident in 1985. Dr. Leggett and his wife had three children while in New Orleans, Philip II, Lauren and Lindsey.
The family moved to Houston, Texas in 1985 and Dr. Leggett went into the private practice of General Surgery. He became a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and International College of Surgeons in 1986, and was Board Certified in Surgery the same year. Subsequently, Dr. Leggett became interested in Laparoendoscopic Surgery. He became one of the pioneers of laparoscopy in Houston, Texas and traveled both domestically and abroad to learn techniques started here and Europe.
As Dr. Leggett became well known for his laparoscopic abilities, he was asked to travel around the United States, South America, Australia and Africa to lecture and to do surgical laparoscopy in front of hundreds of physicians to demonstrate his techniques. He then was given clinical appointments as Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery at both The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.
Dr. Leggett is also director of the Laparoendoscopic Fellowship University of Texas at Houston Northwest Medical Center and selects two Fellows (fully trained general surgeons) to work with him and receive instruction in laparoscopic surgery each year.
Dr. Leggett has performed over 8,500 advanced laparoscopic procedures, making him one of the most advanced physicians in his field and is known for pioneering techniques that use smaller and fewer holes to do procedures.
Dr. Leggett has been involved with the community and charity functions, despite a busy practice. He started a golf tournament to benefit Boys and Girls Country of Houston, Inc in 1986 which has raised 1.5 million dollars to help the children. He serves on the Board of Directors and Steer Committee of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo which benefits youth and education for the State of Texas. He is also a member of the Houston Golf Association benefiting children around the Houston area.
When I was Chief Resident at Ochsner Clinic in New Orleans a patient came in one night with a ruptured aneurysm of the abdominal aorta, a hole in a big vessel that has a high death rate. We fixed him and he lived. On a post-operative visit he took my ID badge home and drew this picture. It has been an inspiration to me. Not only because we saved his life, but also that he felt enough for me to produce this picture. He was the political cartoonist for The Times Picayune newspaper in New Orleans.