Cherie-Ann O. Nathan, MD

Professor, Program Director & Chairman

Director of Head & Neck Surgical Oncology and Cancer Research, Feist-Weiller Cancer Center

Areas of Interest:
Head & Neck Surgical Oncology
Molecular markers in head and neck cancer.
Laryngology/Voice Disorders

Medical School- University of Bombay
Post-Doctoral Head and Neck Research Fellowship- Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Residency in Otolaryngology- Head & Neck Surgery- University of California,San Diego
Fellowship in Head & Neck Surgery- University of California, San Diego

Board Certification:
American Board of Otolaryngology

Dr. Nathan is a Surgeon- Scientist that maintains a busy practice treating head & neck patients. Her research has been funded by NCI since 2000. She is nationally recognized for her seminal work on molecular analysis of surgical margins and has pioneered a multi-institutional trail using mTOR inhibitors. She has over 140 publications and has authored many textbooks.


Cherie-Ann Nathan, MD, FACS, is the Jack Pou Endowed Professor and Chairman of the Department of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery at LSU-Health in Shreveport. She is also Director of Head and Neck Oncologic Surgery and Research at the Feist-Weiller Cancer Center. She completed her Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery residency and head and neck fellowship in 1995 at University of California, San Diego. She was a post-doctoral fellow at Johns Hopkins where she started her research career. Following her fellowship, she began her academic career at LSU-Shreveport.

Her passion to improve outcomes for patients with head and neck cancer was the reason she moved from Mumbai India, where she went to medical school. She is a Surgeon-Scientist that maintains a busy practice treating head and neck cancer, thyroid, parathyroid, and salivary gland tumors and she leads an active research team. The National Cancer Institute has funded her translational research since 2000 and her focus is on targeted therapy for head and neck patients. She is recognized nationally and internationally for her seminal work on molecular analysis of surgical margins. She has pioneered multi-institutional clinical trials using mTOR inhibitors in HNSCC patients with both Wyeth and Novartis. She has also received NIH funding for chemoprevention of cancer with curcumin and has a patent for a curcumin chewing gum. Her new RO1 on Targeting the FGFR-2 pathway for cutaneous SCC holds potential for transplant patients with aggressive cSCC. She has published extensively, has over 180 publications in peer-reviewed journals, and has authored multiple textbooks and encyclopedia chapters.

Dr. Nathan is currently the President-Elect of the American Head and Neck Society and President Elect of Association of Academic Depts. of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery. She also serves on many National committees some of which include the NCI Steering committee, the American Cancer Society-CDC HPV Steering Committee, Executive board of directors for the Head and Neck Cancer Alliance, Council Member for the Society of University Otolaryngology, and the Larynx Preservation Guideline Panel. She is currently co-President of the ASTRO-ASCO Multidisciplinary meeting. She has served on the Nominating committee for the American Academy of Otolaryngology-HNS Program and is the Head & Neck CORE grants research leader. She is also Associate editor for Laryngoscope Investigative Otolaryngology. At the local level she is active, having been on the board of directors for Shreveport Medical Society, Disaster Reform committee and the Science Museum.

The Shreveport-Bossier Commerce Department awarded her the Athena Award for community service and she received the Leonard Tow Humanism award from the Arnold Gold Foundation. The Board of Regents in Louisiana established the Cherie-Ann Nathan Endowed Professorship in Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery initiated by grateful patients to honor her dedication and expertise.

Dr. Nathan is married to pulmonary and critical care physician Raghu Nathan and they have two boys. Her favorite hobby was to perform with the Nathan Family Trio to raise money for the Arts and Cancer research in Shreveport.