The new endowments and scholarships were made possible by many generous private gifts, as well as matching dollars from the Louisiana Board of Regents through its Endowed Professorship and Endowed Superior Graduate Student Scholarship Support Fund.

New LSU Health Shreveport Endowments & Scholarships Created

The Tilakram and Bhagwanti Devi Distinguished Professorship in Cleft Lip and Palate Surgery and Training was fully funded in 2017 through a gift from the Sham L. Gupta family. Several members of the Gupta family are graduates of the LSU Health Shreveport School of Medicine. The Gupta family gave their gift in appreciation for their educational experience and in memory of Sham Gupta’s parents. This professorship will help fund expenses for the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery faculty, house officers and students to travel to India, a country the Gupta family has close ties to, where they perform life-changing cleft lip and palate surgeries on children, as well as providing educational opportunities related to these surgeries. The inaugural Devi Distinguished Professor is Dr. Jennifer Woerner, Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, the Residency Program Director, and the Fellowship Director of the Craniofacial and Cleft Surgery program.


The Alice Coleman Endowed Professorship in Pediatric Rheumatology was created in honor of Alice Coleman, a business leader who was active in property management and downtown Shreveport real estate development for many years. Alice suffered from rheumatoid arthritis, and the professorship supports work of a Pediatric Rheumatologist. The inaugural Coleman Professor is Dr. Sarwat Umer, Associate Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics, the Director of the Pediatric Rheumatology Clinic and the Associate Program Director of the Rheumatology Fellowship.


After the passing of LSU Health Shreveport alumni and former fellow at Feist-Weiller Cancer Center, Dr. Charles “Chad” Hargon, Jr., friends and family turned their grief into giving back. Through their many generous donations, the Charles G. Hargon, Jr. MD Memorial Scholarship for Medical Students was created. This scholarship will help cover the cost of tuition for a medical student who displays outstanding moral character and dedication to serving their community, and provide them with the opportunity and encouragement to practice medicine in Louisiana.


Dr. Cindy Martin, a graduate of the LSUHS School of Medicine, provided the initial gift to create the Sandra and Jerry Martin Endowed Scholarship for Medical Students. Dr. Martin’s wish was to support LSU Health Shreveport; honor her parents Sandra and Jerry, who are educators in the small town of Ashland, Louisiana; and inspire future generations of young people from small towns like Ashland in North Louisiana to pursue a career in medicine. The Sandra and Jerry Martin Endowed Scholarship for Medical Students provide the School of Medicine Admissions Committee with the tools needed to compete with other medical schools and recruit top students to Shreveport.


These new endowments and scholarships were made possible by many generous private gifts, as well as matching dollars from the Louisiana Board of Regents through its Endowed Professorship and Endowed Superior Graduate Student Scholarship Support Fund. A total of $120,000 was provided from these funds which provide direct support both to our faculty and students.