Chairman Message

We are an energetic department in a vibrant university promoting a forward leaning specialty.  Our values include embracing patient care, nurturing medical student education, advancing resident training, and encouraging research. 

Our department has a long history of innovative training for medical students and residents. From its inception, a stated goal of the LSU School of Medicine in Shreveport was to have a high percentage of our graduates choose a career in family medicine. We continue to strive toward that goal today. We have recently improved our student curriculum to accomplish both longitudinal experiences and block training.  Our department has family medicine residencies in Shreveport, Monroe, and Alexandria with a total of seventy-two residents in training at any one time. The Shreveport program also has a rural training track in Vivian. In addition, we have a combined Emergency Medicine/Family Medicine residency program - one of only two in the nation.  

Our faculty is diverse and includes nationally known experts in procedural training and women’s health. Five members of our faculty have been chosen as Louisiana Family Doctor of the Year, and two of our faculty members have served as President of the Louisiana Academy of Family Physicians.  

We are excited about our future opportunities and are developing a strategic plan to accomplish the goals set forth in our vision and mission statements. We eagerly look toward the future promise of the practice of primary care medicine.  We are LSU HEALTH – FAMILY MEDICINE! 

Michael B. Harper, M.D. 
Professor and Chairman 
Department of Family Medicine and Comprehensive Care