The Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Conference Room at the LSU Health Shreveport School of Medicine was dedicated today to Dr. John C. Hardin, Jr., his wife, Quay, and their children John C. Hardin, IV (Johnny) and Michelle Hardin Lamb.

Conference Room Dedicated to Beloved Shreveport Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon

The Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Conference Room at the LSU Health Shreveport School of Medicine was dedicated today to Dr. John C. Hardin, Jr., his wife, Quay, and their children John C. Hardin, IV (Johnny) and Michelle Hardin Lamb.

Dr. Hardin made tremendous contributions as a mentor, role-model and Southern gentleman to the health science center in Shreveport. He spent countless hours mentoring students and residents in both the General Surgery and Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Departments. In honor of the Hardin family’s contributions to surgical excellence and in honor of Dr. & Mrs. Hardin, the Oral & Maxillofacial Conference Room will forever be named the John C. Hardin & Quay Hardin Conference Center. Additionally, this portrait of the Hardin’s will grace the walls of this educational center.

“Dr. Hardin was instrumental in educating and mentoring a multitude of medical students and residents in both the Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, as well as the General Surgery Departments. He was a well-respected member of our medical staff and had a loyal patient following from all over the Ark-La-Tex,” said Dr. G. E. Ghali, Chancellor of LSU Health Shreveport and Chairman of the Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery.

More about Dr. John C. Hardin, Jr.

Dr. Hardin was born on in Smackover, Ark., where his father practiced dentistry during the oil boom. He and his family moved to Shreveport, La., when he was two-years-old. He is a graduate of Byrd High School, then attended Centenary College for two and a half years before attending dental school at Loyola University in New Orleans. John graduated dental school in 1946 and decided to attend medical school after his sister died at the age of 14 from head and neck cancer. He was accepted at the University of Tennessee Medical School and graduated second in his class in 1950. It was while in Memphis that he met the love of his life and wife-to-be, Quay. They were married on Dec. 26, 1949, at the First United Methodist Church of Memphis. Dr. Hardin then moved back to Shreveport in 1950 and completed an internship and his first year of General Surgery Residency at Confederate Memorial Medical Center, which is today University Health. In 1952, he joined the military as a Captain in the United States Air Force and was chief of all surgical services at Stewart Air Force Base in Tennessee from 1952 until 1954. He then resumed his General Surgery Residency at Confederate Memorial Center, which he completed in 1956.

Dr. Hardin went on to start a private practice in Shreveport that specialized in to Maxillofacial, Oral, and Plastic Surgery. He closed his practice in September of 1993 and became a clinical professor at LSU Health Shreveport, where he continued to be active until the age of 86. During his medical career he served as president of the American Society of Maxillofacial Surgery in 1977, was a Fellow of the American College of Surgery, and member of the American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons, Society of Head and Neck Surgeons, and the Shreveport Medical Society. He was also a 32° Mason of the Scottish Rite and was a member of the El Karubah Shrine Temple.

He was a gifted surgeon and professor that impacted the lives of many. LSU Health Shreveport will forever be grateful for the contributions of Dr. Dr. John C. Hardin, Jr., and his family.