WELCOME TO THE OCHSNER/LSU-SHREVEPORT DEPARTMENT OF NEUROLOGY

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These are exciting times for our Department of Neurology.  I have recently returned as Chairman of Neurology and this coincided with the affiliation of LSU Health Sciences Center in Shreveport, Louisiana with Ochsner Healthcare which has a main campus in New Orleans but is now a major presence in delivering quality healthcare to an increasing geographical environment.  our Department is dedicated to high-quality patient care, resident and medical student education as well as our academic mission of research, presentations and publications.  we are very proud of our participation in a Primary Stroke Center with efforts moving toward a Comprehensive Stroke Center at our affiliated hospital.  We also boast a certified Sleep Disorders Center with sleep fellowship as well as an Epilepsy Monitoring Unit as part of our Epilepsy Surgery program.  We have specialty clinics in Headache, Movement Disorders, Stroke, Sleep disorders, Epilepsy, Pediatric Neurology, Multiple Sclerosis as well as an MDA Clinic and General Neurology.  We are also expanding our efforts to provide clinical care in neurodegenerative disease.  Our catchment area includes much of northern Louisiana including what is termed the ARK-LA-TEX reflective of contiguous states.  We have effective collaboration in the basic science arena with a well extra-mural funded stroke research lab within our Department, under the direction of Dr. Kevin Lin, as well as ongoing collaborative cognitive neuroscience research with Elizabeth Disbrow, Ph.D. and Steven Alexander, Ph.D.  Our clinical research, including controlled clinical trials, is active and ongoing with Jeannie McGee, DHEd, CCRC serving as our Director of Clinical Trials.  We have a Neurology Residency Training Program that is a continuing source of pride.  Our residents traditionally excel with the Neurology in-service exam, board performance, publication and presentation productivity reflective of their research and in the quality of post-graduate fellowships that they enter.  We are in the process of expanding our faculty as we assume increasing responsibility in healthcare outreach with efforts to be increasingly available to both underserved as well as those with more ready access to healthcare.   We have a very effective and collegial collaboration with Neurosurgery, Neuroradiology, Pediatrics and Psychiatry as well as other services within our medical.  There is a lot to be proud of with our accomplishments, to date, but we view this, to quote the group Chicago, as "only the beginning".

Roger E. Kelley, M.D.
Professor and Chairman