Former Chancellors

Dr. McDonaldJohn C. McDonald, MD was the first chancellor and dean of the LSU Health Sciences Center in Shreveport,served as Chairman of the Department of Surgery and Surgeon-in-Chief of the LSU Hospital from 1977 until 2000.

Born in Mississippi in 1930, Dr. McDonald received his MD from the Tulane University School of Medicine and BS from Mississippi College. He completed his general surgery residency at Buffalo General Hospital in New York after his internship at the Confederate Memorial Medical Center, now University Health in Shreveport.

Internationally recognized for his contributions to advancing organ transplantation, Dr. McDonald was the founding Director of the LSU /Willis-Knighton Regional Transplant Center. In addition, he served as President of the United Network for Organ Sharing, the American Society of Transplant Surgeons, the Southern Surgical Association, the Surgical Association of Louisiana, the Halsted Society and the Louisiana Organ Procurement Agency. During his more than 30 years in the field of transplantation, he authored more than 200 papers in the surgical literature.

After his retirement in 2009, Dr. McDonald was named Chancellor Emeritus. He died December 31, 2011.

To learn more about his work, life and legacy please visit the John C. McDonald, MD website.


Dr. Barish2009-2015 – Chancellor Robert A. Barish, MD, MBA, became the second Chancellor of the LSU Health Sciences Center at Shreveport in 2009 and served in the position until 2016. He presided over a period of growth for the medical school and campus, and led the largest faculty recruitment effort in recent years. After more than 100 years as a public entity, the institution’s teaching hospital was transitioned to private operation on October 1, 2013. Notwithstanding the most significant and complex transformation in state history, Dr. Barish led the successful reaccreditation of both the campus and medical school, receiving commendations from the accrediting agency for strong and effective leadership.

A graduate of the University of New Hampshire with an MBA from Loyola College, he earned his medical degree from New York Medical College. Interrupting his medical training, he travelled to Cambodia and Somalia to work in refugee camps. Following the 2005 devastation of Hurricane Katrina to the Gulf Coast, he helped lead a medical regiment from the State of Maryland that delivered emergency care to more than 6,000 hurricane victims in Jefferson Parish. He was recruited to Shreveport after a 24-year career in academic medicine at the University of Maryland Medical Center.

A former lieutenant colonel and flight surgeon in the Maryland Air National Guard, Dr. Barish in 1992 was among a select group invited to become a NASA astronaut candidate at the Johnson Space Center in Houston.