Chairman's Message

Thomas C. Arnold MD, FAAEM, FACMT 


Welcome to the Louisiana State University Health Shreveport, Department of Emergency Medicine 

In the early 1990s, we realized that in order to provide the best possible patient care, delivery of that care had to be wrapped in the milieu of a residency training program. It is only the environment created by the curiosity of emergency medicine residents that attracts the best and brightest minds as teachers, researchers and clinicians and motivates these individuals to work together for a common goal. That goal is to provide outstanding emergency patient care and to train the emergency physicians of the future in this wonderful art. 

Since the beginning, we have been building a diverse faculty of Emergency Medicine clinicians, researchers and educators in preparation for the development of our residency training program. We are confident that all of the components are in place to provide outstanding emergency medicine care and training. Our institution is the tertiary referral center and serves as the only level 1 trauma center for the entire region. The pathology is tremendous, the atmosphere is cordial, and we invite those interested in pursuing excellence in a non-threatening but structured environment to come join us. 


Although our training program in Emergency Medicine did not begin until July 2004, our department has a history dating back to 1991. At that time a small group of like-minded emergency physicians came together for a single purpose of proving to an institution that patient care could be improved by applying the principles and concepts of Emergency Medicine. Under the leadership of Dr. Donna Carden, it didn't take long for emergency medicine to prove its worth and in March of 1993 full academic department status was granted to emergency medicine at LSU Health Shreveport making it only the 35th academic department of Emergency Medicine in the U.S. and the first in Louisiana. Dr. Carden, along with interim chair Dr. Todd Thoma, and our first named Chair, Dr. Steven Conrad ('96-'01) are owed a debt of gratitude for laying the foundation upon which this Department has been built.