192 students graduated from the Schools of Medicine, Graduate Studies and Allied Health Professions on May 26

Next generation of healthcare professionals graduate from LSU Health Shreveport

LSU Health Shreveport Commencement Ceremonies

School of Medicine and School of Graduate Studies
10 a.m., Saturday, May 26
Gold Dome at Centenary College

School of Allied Health Professions
10 a.m., Saturday, May 26
Shreveport Convention Center


LSU Health Shreveport awards degrees to Schools of Medicine, Allied Health Professions and Graduate Studies students

Graduating LSU Health Shreveport students started off the Memorial Day weekend celebrating a great accomplishment in their education and pursuit of a career in the medical field. 192 students graduated with a Bachelor’s, Master’s, PhD, or Doctorate degree. Eight students received a PhD or Master’s degree from the School of Graduate Studies; 62 students received a Bachelor’s, Master’s or Doctorate from the School of Allied Health Professions; and 122 students graduated from the School of Medicine to become Doctors of Medicine.

According to a U.S. News and World Report annual survey, the national acceptance rate to medial school for 2017-2018 was 7 percent, showing just how competitive the field is and how hard these students have worked to arrive where they are today.

This moment is important not just to the students and those who have supported them over the last four years, but also to our community due to a shortage of physicians looming in our future. Last month, the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) released their annual study of physician supply and demand. The findings estimate a shortage of 42,600 to 121,300 doctors by 2030 due to the consistently increasing population and medical needs of people. This makes the training of doctors today imperative for our future.

This problem is recognized by LSU Health Shreveport leadership, and the School of Medicine has increased the size of its incoming class to 137 students in an effort to combat the physician shortage. A larger class size also increases the likelihood of those students to stay in Louisiana to continue their training in residency programs. The state of Louisiana ranks fifth in the nation for percentage of physicians retained in the state after attending a public medical school, with 54.4% remaining in the state.

Doctors have a major impact on our state’s economy. The 2018 American Medical Association Economic Impact Study looked at the economic impact of physicians nationally and by state. In Louisiana, 10,062 physicians provide patient care and support 119,515 jobs. They generate $19.9 billion in total economic activity. The full state report can be viewed here.

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Names and hometowns of LSU Health Shreveport graduates by school and degree:

Baton Rouge, LA
Corie Nicole Robinson, Doctor of Philosophy

Grambling, LA
Kimberly D. McCarter, Doctor of Philosophy

Shreveport, LA
Surabhi Chowdhary, Doctor of Philosophy

Rocky Comfort, MO
Tawsha Gail Creason Munroe, Master of Biomedical Sciences

State College, PA
Stephen John Cieply, Doctor of Philosophy

Zhengzhou, Henan, China
Shuai Yuan, Doctor of Philosophy

Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Dhaval Navin Patel, Doctor of Philosophy

Bangalore, Karnataka, India
Annapoorna Sreedhar, Doctor of Philosophy

Argyle, TX
Taylor Marie Petrick, Doctor of Physical Therapy

Bastrop, LA
Christopher Russell Gean, Doctor of Physical Therapy

Baton Rouge, LA
Rachel Ann Masako DiMario, Doctor of Physical Therapy
Suzanne Wakeman Bailey, Master of Communication Disorders

Bossier City, LA
Christopher Alan Cates, Bachelor of Science in Cardiopulmonary Science
Brooke Fleming Horn, Doctor of Physical Therapy

Brookhaven, MS
Caitlyn Mai Salter, Doctor of Physical Therapy

Cary, NC
Katherine Michelle Langdon, Master of Public Health

Chalmette, LA
Ryan Michael Cascio, Doctor of Physical Therapy

Chatham, LA
Joseph Ethan Tidwell, Doctor of Physical Therapy

Colfax, LA
Kelsey McClung Neville, Doctor of Physical Therapy

Denham Springs, LA
Kameron Nicole Hood, Master of Communication Disorders

Erath, LA
Zachary Joseph Mire, Doctor of Physical Therapy

Hammond, LA
Anne Catherine Burns, Master of Communication Disorders

Heflin, LA
Carleigh Elizabeth Brunson, Bachelor of Science in Cardiopulmonary Science *Magna Cum Laude

Jennings, LA
Jackson Lee McNeal, II, Doctor of Physical Therapy
Casey David Villanueva, Doctor of Physical Therapy

Keithville, LA
Matthew Wade Rushing, Doctor of Physical Therapy
Grace Elizabeth White, Master of Public Health

Lafayette, LA
Victoria Burger Broussard, Doctor of Physical Therapy
Megan Elizabeth McCollum, Doctor of Physical Therapy

Lake Charles, LA
Michael Aubrey Bass, Doctor of Physical Therapy
Caleb Troy McEntire, Doctor of Physical Therapy
Clinton Carroll Schaefer, Jr., Doctor of Physical Therapy

Lake Providence, LA
Crystal Gail Nichols, Bachelor of Science in Cardiopulmonary Science

Leesville, LA
Brittany Elise Merchant, Doctor of Physical Therapy

Livonia, LA
Kaylee Lorraine Wagner, Doctor of Physical Therapy

Logansport, LA
Michael Mary Bagley, Master of Communication Disorders

Madison, MS
Savannah Lee Zachry, Doctor of Physical Therapy

Mandeville, LA
Danielle Nicole Guerrero Beatty, Doctor of Physical Therapy
Laura Ann Boucher, Master of Communication Disorders

Marksville, LA
Dillon Reese Dunbar, Doctor of Physical Therapy

Metairie, LA
Justin Michael Boyd, Doctor of Physical Therapy

Minden, LA
McKenzie Alyssa Wren, Doctor of Physical Therapy

Monroe, LA
Margaret Marie McGuffee, Doctor of Physical Therapy
Julie Ann Scalfano, Master of Communication Disorders

Morgan City, LA
Kayla Marie Falgout, Doctor of Physical Therapy

Nacogdoches, TX
Rebecca Carol Doles, Master of Occupational Therapy

Oak Grove, LA
Anna Elizabeth Reardon, Doctor of Physical Therapy

Plain Dealing, LA
Raveen Elon Mourning, Master of Public Health

Ruston, LA
Amy Michelle Cole, Bachelor of Science in Cardiopulmonary Science
Annsley Alyssa Aaron Bradshaw, Doctor of Physical Therapy

San Salvador, El Salvador
Scarlett Menjivar Florence, Master of Public Health

Shreveport, LA
Melody Nichole Bradley, Bachelor of Science in Cardiopulmonary Science
Diana Leigh Draker, Bachelor of Science in Cardiopulmonary Science
Duchein Qwante Stinson, Bachelor of Science in Cardiopulmonary Science
Contessa LeeAnne Hall, Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology
Ellen Andries Dean, Doctor of Physical Therapy
Ryan Seth Philibert, Doctor of Physical Therapy
Shea Patrick Rogers, Doctor of Physical Therapy
Rebecca Marie Coleman, Master of Communication Disorders
Rebecca Danielle Durr , Master of Communication Disorders
Sarah Marissa Kennemer, Master of Communication Disorders
Arron Michael Reinhardt, Master of Communication Disorders

Sulphur, LA
Allison Elaine Hyatt, Doctor of Physical Therapy
Ethan Shannon Hyatt, Master of Communication Disorders

Sunset, LA
Shelby Lynn Labbe, Doctor of Physical Therapy

Thibodaux, LA
Reneé Elizabeth Stafford, Master of Communication Disorders

Vacherie, LA
Abbey Danielle Falgoust, Doctor of Physical Therapy

Winnsboro, LA
Taylor Spann McCarty, Doctor of Physical Therapy

Albany, LA
Kayla Basham Burkhardt, Doctor of Medicine

Alexandria, LA
Eugene Paul Cicardo, III, Doctor of Medicine
Matthew Risher Deshotels, Doctor of Medicine
Jewel Marie Harvey, Doctor of Medicine
Wynn Traylor Harvey, II, Doctor of Medicine
Martinique Loraine Lamb, Doctor of Medicine
John Hooe Voltz, Doctor of Medicine

Baton Rouge, LA
Mathieu Laurent Assercq, Doctor of Medicine
Blake Thomas Blancher, Doctor of Medicine
Matthew Taylor Burger, Doctor of Medicine
Clifton Nelson Byrd, Doctor of Medicine
Adam Ripley McClure, Doctor of Medicine
Hannah Grace Russin, Doctor of Medicine
Rachel Marie Voss, Doctor of Medicine
Eugenia Camille White, Doctor of Medicine

Benton, LA
Derek Timothy Rainwater, Doctor of Medicine

Bogalusa, LA
Savannah Lynn Holloway, Doctor of Medicine

Bush, LA
Lance Tyler Albin, Doctor of Medicine

Church Point, LA
Joseph Evan DeVillier, Doctor of Medicine

Coushatta, LA
Hanna Laura Sams, Doctor of Medicine

Covington, LA
Sommer Ann Kirsch, Doctor of Medicine

Deerfield Beach, FL
Ross David Brockman, Doctor of Medicine

Denham Springs, LA
Blair Nicole Stevens, Doctor of Medicine

Doyline, LA
Taylor Adam Carter, Doctor of Medicine

Eagle River, AK
Daniel Vern Harper, Doctor of Medicine with Distinction in Research

Franklin, TN
Thomas Edward Marsden, Doctor of Medicine

Glen Ellyn, IL
Elizabeth Ross Duvall, Doctor of Medicine

Harvery, LA
Rachel Elizabeth Strength, Doctor of Medicine

Haughton, LA
Dennis Michael Thompson, II, Doctor of Medicine
Melanie Claire Watt, Doctor of Medicine

Houma, LA
Katelyn Elizabeth Falgout, Doctor of Medicine

Kalispell, MT
Geoffrey Michael Hogan, Doctor of Medicine

Kenner, LA
Leigh-Ann Marie Naccari, Doctor of Medicine

Lafayette, LA
Kent Allan Broussard, Doctor of Medicine
Caroline Broussard Carroll, Doctor of Medicine
Natalie Ann Derise, Doctor of Medicine
Leigh Victoria Deshotels , Doctor of Medicine
Margaret Louise Hebert, Doctor of Medicine
William Roger Ishee, Doctor of Medicine
Reed Stuart LaHaye, Doctor of Medicine
Martin Robert McManus, Doctor of Medicine
Jason Michael Petitjean, Doctor of Medicine
Laura Elizabeth Rivers, Doctor of Medicine
Alexandra Fruge Sellers, Doctor of Medicine

Lake Charles, LA
Kelly Nicole Breaux, Doctor of Medicine
Taylor W. Clements, Doctor of Medicine
Nicholas Taylor George, Doctor of Medicine
Eric Weston Linville, Doctor of Medicine with Distinction in Research

Larose, LA
Jordan Hanberry, Doctor of Medicine

Leesville, LA
David John Detz, Jr., Doctor of Medicine

Lockport, LA
Tiffany Mary Dufrene, Doctor of Medicine

Mamou, LA
Noah LaHaye Miller, Doctor of Medicine

Mandeville, LA
Britton Postlethwaite Beatrous, Doctor of Medicine
Hayley Marie Everett, Doctor of Medicine
Elizabeth Catherine Guarisco, Doctor of Medicine

Metairie, LA
Lillian Wirth Faucheaux, Doctor of Medicine
Eric Arthur Lorio, Doctor of Medicine
John Clayton Rodriguez, Doctor of Medicine
Gregory Kingston Tobin, Doctor of Medicine

Minden, LA
Ashley Marie Twyman, Doctor of Medicine

Monreo, LA
Alexis Victoria Guice Albin, Doctor of Medicine with Distinction in Research
Harry Singleton Hawthorne, III, Doctor of Medicine
Miriam Louise Henry, Doctor of Medicine
Maira Iffat Qayyum, Doctor of Medicine

Montgomery, AL
Russell Daniel Parks, Doctor of Medicine
Natchitoches, LA
Kelli Irvin Harris, Doctor of Medicine
Caleb Benjamin Stanfield, Doctor of Medicine

New Orleans, LA
Nicholas Julius Carbajal, Doctor of Medicine
Lauren Anne Tagorda, Doctor of Medicine
Thanh Lam Ngoc Tran, Doctor of Medicine

Newport Beach, CA
Amanda Nicole Hinton, Doctor of Medicine

Oakdale, LA
Charles Remie Vidrine, Jr., Doctor of Medicine

Opelousas, LA
Bipte Vijay Modi, Doctor of Medicine

Ormond Beach, FL
Michael Doughney Dineen, Doctor of Medicine

Pineville, LA
Stephen Christopher Wheelis, Doctor of Medicine

Plaquemine, LA
Kesler Joseph Bourgoyne, Doctor of Medicine

Roanoke, LA
Kristina Moore Stanfield, Doctor of Medicine

Ruston, LA
Katie Lyn Clark, Doctor of Medicine
Ryan Wayne Pate, Doctor of Medicine
Andrew Joseph Smith, Doctor of Medicine

San Salvador, El Salvador
Julio Eduardo Vega, Doctor of Medicine

Seoul, South Korea
Taylor Jieun Jung, Doctor of Medicine

Shreveport, LA
Jordan Roozbeh Abdehou, Doctor of Medicine
Alivia Metzger Adkins, Doctor of Medicine
William Peyton Adkins, Doctor of Medicine
Maryam Akbari, Doctor of Medicine
Caitlin Alexis Cochran, Doctor of Medicine
Tyler Douglas Edwards, Doctor of Medicine
Lindsey Danielle Fileccia, Doctor of Medicine
Sarah Thorne Flanagan, Doctor of Medicine with Distinction in Research
Caroline Sikes Garcia, Doctor of Medicine
Caroline Elizabeth Germany, Doctor of Medicine
Caroline Elizabeth Hagan, Doctor of Medicine
Brandi Renee Allen Henson, Doctor of Medicine
Julie Lynn Holstead, Doctor of Medicine
Maria Victoria Luraguiz, Doctor of Medicine
Andrew Joseph Murphy, Doctor of Medicine
Cynthia Marie Noguera, Doctor of Medicine
Alexa L. Phillips, Doctor of Medicine
Daniel James Poole, Doctor of Medicine
Jared Ott Pope, Doctor of Medicine
Sarah Kate Rose Rainwater, Doctor of Medicine
Rixney Davida Reed, Doctor of Medicine
Nicholas Ryan Roberts, Doctor of Medicine
Cheyenne Roohani, Doctor of Medicine
Kyle Paul Schuler, Doctor of Medicine
Hilary Ann Smith, Doctor of Medicine
Leah Nicole Spatafore, Doctor of Medicine
Ashley McHugh White, Doctor of Medicine
Lucille Eugenie Woodley, Doctor of Medicine
Nathan Chung-yao Yang, Doctor of Medicine

Slayden, MS
Brady Hall Mosher, Doctor of Medicine

Slidell, LA
Patric Joseph Darvie, III, Doctor of Medicine
Amanda Jean Deadmond, Doctor of Medicine

St. Martinville, LA
Natalie Renee Derouen, Doctor of Medicine
Alex Michael Fuselier, Doctor of Medicine

Ville Platte, LA
Beau Daniel Foxworth, Doctor of Medicine

Walker, LA
Halli Rebecca Small, Doctor of Medicine

West Monroe, LA
Taylor Brooke Shepherd, Doctor of Medicine

Winnsboro, LA
Courtney Arnee Morgan, Doctor of Medicine

Zachary, LA
Richie Rose Tulagan Diaz, Doctor of Medicine
Tyler David Leiva, Doctor of Medicine