A Message from the Acting Chairman

Welcome to the Department of Surgery of Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center-Shreveport!

Mission and Goals:  The Department of Surgery at LSU Health Sciences Center in Shreveport is committed to the education and training of the next generation of surgeons and leaders, the healthcare and well-being of our community, and the advancement of surgical science.

The Department of Surgery delivers patient care at University Health hospital in Shreveport, University Health hospital in Monroe, Overton-Brooks VA Medical Center in Shreveport, and Willis-Knighton Medical Center in Shreveport.

In addition to general surgery, the Department offers services in a wide range of surgical subspecialties including breast surgery, cardiothoracic and vascular, colorectal, hepatobiliary surgery, pediatric surgery, plastics, podiatry, surgical oncology, and trauma/surgical critical care.  In conjunction with one of the only two Level I Trauma Centers in the state of Louisiana housed at University Health hospital in Shreveport, the trauma team provides 24/7 adult and pediatric trauma coverage for North Louisiana, East Texas, and Southern Arkansas.  The Department also provides burn surgery care in the Regional Burn Center located at University Health hospital.

The faculty in many of these subspecialty areas have expertise in state-of-the-art surgical methods including laparoscopic and minimally invasive procedures, robotic surgery, endovascular and hybrid vascular surgical procedures, hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC) treatment, as well as aesthetic and cosmetic surgeries.

The Department boasts a fully accredited general surgery residency training program, accepting five categorical PGY 1 residents and two PGY 1 transitional residents per year. Using a training philosophy of graduated autonomy, this five-year program provides broad clinical exposure and robust surgical experience.  Resident rotations include all of the previously named specialty areas as well as a transplantation surgery rotation with faculty at nearby Willis-Knighton Medical Center.  In addition to University Health hospital and Willis-Knighton hospital, residents have rotations at Overton-Brooks VA Medical Center and University Health hospital in Monroe, LA, a location roughly 90 miles east of Shreveport.  The educational curriculum of the residency program incorporates regular didactic sessions using the American Board of Surgery approved SCORE curriculum as well as regular surgical and technical skills training sessions in our Clinical Skills Center, an accredited American College of Surgeons Comprehensive Education Institute.  Residents are also required to attend and present at weekly departmental education meetings including Morbidity and Mortality conference and Great Cases conference.  Research opportunities are available with many of the surgery faculty members as well as a number of the medical school's basic science faculty.  Research projects culminating in departmental podium presentations are required of residents in the PGY 2 - PGY 4 years.  The Department will fund travel for the resident who has research accepted for presentation at a regional or national meeting.  Additionally, the John C. McDonald Surgical Society, named after the former Chancellor of LSUHSC-S and Chairman of the Department of Surgery, promotes resident educational and research activities.

As resident physicians, attention to wellness and self-care is especially important because of the physically, mentally, and emotionally challenging nature of surgical training.  The Department of Surgery is committed to providing resources to support resident wellness and self-care.  Each resident is paired with a faculty mentor who meets with them at least monthly to discuss concerns and issues related to work, research, or their personal lives.  A clinical psychologist is also available for counseling.  The Department also hosts social gatherings and events outside the facility to promote the development of meaningful relationships among residents, faculty, and staff.

Our residency program boasts a 100% pass rate for the American College of Surgeons written board examination for the last four years.  Graduates of the program who desire additional subspecialty training have been accepted into a variety of competitive fellowships including breast surgery, cardiothoracic surgery, colorectal surgery, minimally invasive surgery, plastic surgery, surgical critical care, and vascular surgery.

The faculty of the Department of Surgery is dedicated to providing excellent, comprehensive surgical training to all residents who enter this training program.  At the completion of the program, it is intended that the graduate will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to enter the practice of general surgery in any location or be a competitive applicant for a fellowship in any subspecialty area of general surgery.

If you or your loved one is in search of a surgeon for your health care, we hope you will give serious consideration to the excellent surgical faculty of the Department of Surgery at LSUHSC-Shreveport who are committed to delivering the highest quality clinical care.

For qualified applicants who are in the process of investigating residency programs in surgery, we want you to know that the Department of Surgery at LSUHSC-Shreveport is committed to providing superior resident education.  We welcome your interest and encourage you to contact us for more information.

Sincerely,
Jane M. Eggerstedt, MD
Professor and Acting Chairman
Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
Vice Dean for School of Medicine