Touro Infirmary

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Touro Infirmary is a non-profit hospital in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Prytania Street entrance of Touro Infirmary


Touro Infirmary is affiliated with the Louisiana State University Health Science Center and Tulane University School of Medicine.

The hospital is located in Uptown New Orleans, near the Garden District. It is near the intersection of Louisiana Avenue and Prytania Street. The address is 1401 Foucher Street, New Orleans, Louisiana 70115. Phone: (504) 897.7011.


Touro Infirmary was founded in 1852 by an endowment from Judah Touro. Touro is best known for its Family Birthing Center and neonatal intensive care unit. It is also known for its cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and rehabilitation programs. Its Neuroscience Center is one of the most advanced in the city.

Notable physicians who worked at Touro included Dr. Alton Ochsner, Edgar Hull, and Abraham Louis Levin. Notable patients have included jazz musician Muggsy Spanier, who composed his tune "Relaxin' at the Touro" while recovering from an operation there. Touro was also the birthplace of writer Truman Capote, on September 30, 1924.

It was also notable for being the only full-service, adult hospital open in Orleans Parish in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.