Tuesday, April 22, 2015
Dr. Mary Kim Addresses Dangers of Kylie Jenner Challenge

Tuesday, April 22, 2015
Surgeon Wins Scholarship
The Times

April 1, 2014
Dr. F. Dean Griffen Named Interim Chair
Dr. F. Dean Griffen has been named Acting Chair for the Department of Surgery. Interim Dean John Marymont, MD MBA, said an advisory committee made up of faculty at Shreveport and Conway helped select Dr. Griffen for his new role, which will begin April 1. Dr. Griffen has been affiliated with the School of Medicine for more than 40 years. He is currently Vice Chairman of Academic Affairs and Director of Undergraduate Education for the department and holds the Albert Sklar Endowed Professor of Clinical Surgery Chair.

The Times

Wednesday, February 11, 2015
LSU Health Shreveport Surgeon Finds Deviation in Breast Cancer Care in National Study
Dr. Quyen Chu discusses new study examining a gap in the standard of care for breast cancer
Red River Radio

Thursday, July 24, 2014
Flags fly at Conway
Dr. Lester Johnson discusses the importance of educational partnerships along the I-20 corridor.
"Flags Fly at Conway" - The News Star

July 21, 2014
Dr. Wayne Zhang, Chief of Vascular Surgery, Speaks to International Groups in China
This month, Wayne Zhang, MD, FACS, attended the International Society for Vascular Surgery (ISVS) Annual Meeting and the China Southern Endovascular Congress in Guangzhous, China as an Invited Speaker. His presentations included “Endovascular Treatment of Blunt Traumatic Aortic Injury”, “Perioperative Management of EVAR for Ruptured AAA”, and “Tips and Tricks: EVAR for Challenging Aneurysmal Neck”.

The combined meeting provided vascular surgeons with a conference on the most current information about new developments in clinical practice and relevant research.

While in China, Dr. Zhang spoke as a visiting professor at The First Affiliated Hospital of Zhengzhou University and People’s Hospital of Henan Province, Zhengzhou University. Dr. Zhang’s travels also took him to Taiwan, where he was invited to speak as a visiting professor at Kaohsiung Medical College in Kaohsiung.

June 20, 2014
Abramson Visiting Professor Speaks on Liver and Spleen Injuries
Dr. J. David Richardson, MD, FACS gave the Abramson Visiting Professor lecture titled "Changes in Management of Injuries to the Liver and Spleen". Dr. Richardson is a Professor of Surgery and the Chief of General Surgery at the University of Louisville School of Medicine.

June 18, 2014
Distinguised Fellow Status Given to Surgery Faculty Member

The Soceity for Vascular Surgery has awarded Dr. Wayne Zhang, Associate Professor and Chief of the Division of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, distinguished follow status. This designation is bestowed upon practicing vascular surgeons who set themselves apart by making substantial contributions in research, service, and education.

Zhang graduated from Henan Medical University in Zhengzhou, Henan, China. He completed both a surgical residency and vascular and endovascular surgery fellowship from State University of New york at Buffalo, in Buffalo, New York. He is board certified in both general surgery and vascular surgery. He has extensive research and clinical experience and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

Thursday, April 24, 2014
An Evening for Heroes
Drs. Jane & Miles Sugar talk to KMSS about the upcoming An Evening for Heroes.
"LSU Health Shreveport honoring everyday heroes" - KMSS

Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Dr. Quyen Chu Awarded Ellis Island Medal of Honor
Red River Radio intervied Dr. Quyen Chu about receving the award.
"Shreveport surgeon to be awarded 2014 Ellis Island Medal of Honor" - Red River Radio

Thursday, April 10, 2014
Dr. Kevin Sittig talks about Camp I'm Still Me in advance of a fundraisier.
"Camp I'm Still Me helps kids with burns" - KTBS Story

Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Elaine Pahilan, MPH Addresses the Dangers of Binge Drinking and Peer Pressure
"New, Dangerous Onling Drinking Game" - KTBS Story

Thursday, February 13, 2014
Dr. Mary Mancini Addresses Heart Disease during American Heart Month
"The Silent Killer" Preventing Heart Disease - KSLA Story

January 13, 2014
Vascular Quality Initiative

The LSU Health Shreveport Vascular and Endovascular Surgery division recently started reporting patient outcomes to the Society for Vascular Surgery® Patient Safety Organization's (SVS PSO) Vascular Quality Initiative® (VQI). Currently, LSU Health Shreveport is the only hospital in north Louisiana participating in the Southern Vascular Outcomes Network, a VQI regional group. This nationwide patient safety initiative focuses on improved patient outcomes through the development of best practices, cost reduction, and improved patient satisfaction.

Other areas have already benefited from regional collaboration. Since 2003, the Vascular Study Group of New England (VSGNE) region has experienced a reduction of in-hospital mortality due to best practices established through the VQI group. In addition to improved patient safety, best practices implemented through the regional group have led to decreased length of stay, resulting in significant cost savings.

The LSU Health Shreveport Vascular Surgery Division looks forward to partnering with other regional and national vascular teams to compare outcomes in major open and endovascular surgical procedures. This national alliance allows the division to better serve its patients while providing a platform to contribute to patient safety and vascular best practices on a regional and national level.

December 20, 2013
President Appoints Dr. Quyen Chu to VEF Board
Quyen Chu, MD, MBA, FACS, Professor of Surgery and Director of the Peritoneal Surface Malignancies Program, has been appointed by President Obama to the Board of Directors of the Vietnam Education Foundation (VEF). The VEF's mission is to foster reconciliation between the two countries while strengthening Vietnam's technology and scientific sectors. As part of its goal of educational exchange, VEF also brings Vietnamese students to study in the United States. In his new role as a board member, Dr. Chu will serve alongside other presidential appointees and members of the Cabinet and Congress.
Click to read more about VEF

November 19, 2013
Home Federal Bank Donates $1,650 to Trauma Injury Prevention Program
Home Federal Bank, “HFB”, recently donated $1,650 to the LSU Health Shreveport Trauma Injury Prevention program. Their donation funded the purchase of a Fatal Vision Goggle set, which simulates impaired vision due to alcohol abuse and misuse. Elaine Pahilan, MPH, Injury Prevention Coordinator, will use the set in LSU Health’s outreach programs in local schools and community events.

October 9, 2013
Surgery Residents Place 2nd in National Surgical Jeopardy Tournament
Surgery Residents, Sergei Kalsow, MD and Matthew Sanders, MD, placed 2nd in the National Surgical Jeopardy Tournament at the American College of Surgeons' Annual Clinical Congress in Washington DC. The duo competed with over 24 general surgery residency teams from across the nation.

August 1, 2013
Department of Surgery Welcomes Dr. John T. Owings
Dr. John T. Owings joins the Department of Surgery as the new Trauma Medical Director and Professor of Surgery. After 27 years within the University of California, Davis system, Dr. Owings is enthusiastic and ready to take on his new role at LSU Health Shreveport.
Click to see a message from Dr. Owings

June 11, 2013
21st Annual Camp I'm Still Me
Camp I'm Still Me presented by the LSU Health Shreveport Regional Burn Center and the Percy R. Johnson Burn Foundation offers young burn survivors a place where they participate in a variety of activities and where they can just be a kid. Dr. Kevin Sittig is the President of the Percy Johnson Burn Foundation and serves as counselor and medical director of the annual camp.
Click to see a message from Dr. Sittig

May 9, 2013
Abramson Visiting Professor Lecture Scheduled 
Dr. Elliot L. Chaikof, Surgeon-in-Chief & Chairman, Roberta and Stephen R. Weiner Department of Surgery, Johnson & Johnson Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Mass., will be this year's Abramson Visiting Professor.  Please join us for his presentation "Lessons from Nature: New Approaches to Repair and Regeneration" on June 21 from 11:00-12:00 in room 3-322 medical school building.

July 18, 2012
Dr. Roger Kim Performs First Robotic Procedure from the Department of Surgery 
Dr. Roger H. Kim, Assistant Professor of Surgery and Head of Minimally Invasive Surgery at Feist-Weiller Cancer Center, recently performed a robotic-assisted laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication to treat a patient with gastroesophageal reflux disease July 18. This was the first robotic-assisted procedure performed in the Department of Surgery with the daVinci Surgical System at LSU Health Shreveport. The daVinci system, which was made possible by the LSUHS Foundation, has been previously used by other physicians at LSU Health to treat gynecologic, urologic, and otolaryngologic diseases. 

Dr. Kim plans to use the robotic system to treat a number of conditions including gastroesophageal reflux disease, achalasia, and paraesophageal hernias, as well as for the minimally invasive treatment of malignancies including esophageal cancer, gastric cancer, and colorectal cancer. 

July 1, 2012
Department of Surgery Welcomes Four New Faculty Members.
 The Department of Surgery is excited to welcome four additional faculty members as of July 1. 
Trauma & Critical Care - Dr. Navdeep Samra and Dr. Jonathan Carroll joined the Trauma and Critical Care team as Assistant Professors.
Vascular Surgery - Dr. Amy Coulter and Dr. Tze-Woei Tan joined as Assistant Professors in the Vascular and Endovascular Surgery Division.

March 20, 2012
Dr. Gazi B. Zibari, Professor of Surgery and Director of WK/LSU Regional Transplant Center and Malcolm Feist Chair in Transplantation and a multidisciplinary team of physicians and nurses have been doing medical charity work in Kurdistan of Iraq since the first Gulf War. This year, a team sponsored by the International College of Surgeons (ICS), World Surgical Foundation and American Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association (AHPBA) organized and presented “A Comprehensive State-of-the-Art Surgical and Medical Symposium” in Kurdistan, Iraq on March 14, 2012. 

Team members included: Drs. Gazi B. Zibari (transplantation), Michael Moore (hematology/oncology), Guthikonda Bharat (neurosurgery), Arielle DuBose (PGY2), and Debbie Ross (registered nurse) from LSU Health Shreveport; Drs. Lou Smith (trauma and critical care), Blaine Enderson (emergency and trauma) and Cathy Reed (anesthesiology) from Knoxville, Tenn. The U.S. team along with local physicians spoke on a variety of topics ranging from cancer prevalence in Kurdistan to pediatric anesthesia. 

After the symposium, team members treated patients in both the operating room and clinic as well as organized a Trauma and Critical Care Workshop which focused on handling trauma and emergencies in rural areas.

March 1, 2012
Dr. Quyen Chu Speaks About Breast Cancer Study in the 
Journal of American College of Surgeons
During the 123rd Annual Congress of the Southern Surgical Assocation (SSA) in Hot Springs, Virginia on December 4-7, 2011, Dr. Quyen Chu presented a paper titled, "Should a Routine Metastatic Work-Up be performed for all Patients with Pathologic N2/N3 Breast Cancer." Research was perfomed by Amanda Henderson, MD, PGY5 general surgery resident, under the tutelage of Dr. Chu. The paper was co-authorized by Roger Kim, MD, Janet K. Miller, MA, Gary Burton, MD, Fred Ampil, MD and Benjamin D. Li, MD. 

February 1, 2012
Local Trauma Surgeon Initiated into American College of Surgeons
Dr. Asser Youssef was among 1,591 initiates from around the world who became Fellows of the American College of Surgeons during convocation ceremonies at the Colleges's 97th annual Clinical Congress in San Francisco this past October. By meeting the College's stringent membership requirements, Fellows of the College have earned the distinguised right to use the designation of "F.A.C.S." (Fellow, American College of Surgeons) after their name. Before admission into Fellowship, the surgeon must demonstrate ethical fitness and professional proficiency, and his or her acceptance as a Fellow of the College must be approved by three-fourths of its Board of Regents.

November 1, 2011
Virtual Reality Simulator Expands Surgical Training Program
A new high-definition surgical simulator is helping surgeons and surgical residents at LSU Health learn and practice laparoscopic techniques on virtual patients.  Roger H. Kim, MD, Assistant Professor of Surgery and Head of Minimally Invasive Surgery for the Feist-Weiller Cancer Center thanked Dean Andrew Chesson and Associate Dean Jane Eggerstedt for their support in acquiring the technology after a proposal was made by faculty from three departments: Dr. Kim from the Department of Surgery; James Barrow, MD, Destin R. Black, MD, and Robin A. Lacour, MD, Clinical Assistant Professors in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology; and Rowena A. DeSouza, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Urology. Residents from those departments, as well as community physicians seeking Continued Medical Education will be able to train on the simulator.

October 30, 2011
Resident Research-Clinical Exchange Program Continues
The Department welcomes Dr. Fan Li from the First Affiliated Hospital of Chongqing Medical University (CQMU) in Chongqing, China. He is the second resident to be assigned to LSU as the result of the new surgical resident research-clinical exchange program initiated through our department and the Department of Breast and Endocrine Surgery, headed by Dr. Hongyuan Li, Professor of Surgery at CMQU. 

This past spring, Catherine Parker (PGY4) was selected to represent our department. She spent three weeks in Chongqing at the First Affiliated Hospital of CQMU, engaged in a clinical rotation.

August 1, 2011 
Department of Surgery Welcomes Two New Faculty Members.
 The Department of Surgery is excited to welcome two additional faculty members as of August 1. 
Trauma & Critical Care - Dr. Katie Whitlock joined the Trauma Center team as Assistant Professor after completing a trauma/critical care fellowship at LSUHSC-New Orleans. 
Cardiothoracic Surgery - Dr. Lucas Duvall joined as Assistant Professor in Cardiothoracic Surgery. He completed a cardiothoracic fellowship at UT Health Science Center in San Antonio.
Both completed their general surgery residencies at LSU Health Shreveport.

July 12, 2011 
Department of Surgery Dedicates Conference Room to Benjamin Rush, MD.
 The Department of Surgery officially named the third floor surgery conference room the "Benjamin McGraw Rush, MD Conference Room" during a dedication ceremony held July 12, in honor of his years of dedicated service to the department.  Dr. Rush served LSU Health Shreveport Department of Surgery from 1973-2007. 

June 8, 2011
International College of Surgeons-US Section / Pfizer Surgical Volunteerism and Humanitarian Award Presented to Gazi B. Zibari, MD.
 Two decades of surgical volunteerism and humanitarian work recently won Dr. Gazi B. Zibari, Professor of Surgery and Director of WK/LSU Regional Transplant Center and Malcolm Feist Chair in Transplantation, the ICS-US / Pfizer Surgical Volunteerism and Humanitarian Award, "For his tireless and selfless commitment to improve the human condition by saving lives and alleviating suffering while supporting and contributing to the basic human dignity of those in need". Dr. Zibari was honored with this award at the International College of Surgeons, 73rd Annual Surgical Update-US Section held in Portland, Oregon on June 8, 2011.

May 5, 2011
Department of Surgery Faculty and Residents Acknowledged During Evening for Heroes.
 Department of Surgery faculty and residents were among the 90 people honored during the "Evening for Heroes" event at the Shreveport Convention Center held on May 5, 2011. Past faculty member and trauma surgeon, Dr. Mallory Williams, Dr. Mary Mancini, Professor of Surgery and Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery Division, Dr. Navdeep Samra, PGY-5, and Dr. Joseph Zakhary, PGY-1 were given heroes medals for service to their patients. Trauma patient stories were told through video, photos, 911 recordings and patient interviews. 

January 23, 2011
Surgery Residents win Jeopardy Tournament at LA-ACS & SAL for Third Consecutive Year.
 Navdeep Samra, MD, PGY-5 senior surgical resident and Sergei Kalsow, MD, PGY-2 junior surgical resident, won the 3rd Annual Resident Surgical Jeopardy Tournament held at the Joint Annual Louisiana Chapter American College of Surgeons and Surgical Association of Louisiana meeting in Shreveport, January 21-23.   Modeled after the popular television show Jeopardy, the game is designed to test the knowledge of junior and senior level residents on general and specialty surgery. Drs. Samra and Kalsow successfully held off challenges from other surgical residents representing Ochsner Medical Center and LSUHSC-New Orleans to win for the third consecutive year.