Dr. Ike Muslow is a name synonymous with LSU Health Shreveport based on his outstanding and lengthy service as a Vice-Chancellor and three time dean of the School of Medicine. His efforts led to then LSU Medical School Hospital being recognized as the most profitable public hospital in the United States in 1991. Additional achievements include the establishment of the burn and transplant units and construction of the Feist Weiller Cancer Center, Women and Children’s Outpatient Clinic and the Radiation Therapy Center. He also oversaw the establishment of three centers of excellence – cancer research, arthritis and rheumatology and clinical and forensic toxicology. As a revered internist, he is fondly remembered by the hundreds of medical students who benefitted from his extraordinary ability to accurately diagnose a patient without ever running a test. One of his most impactful leadership roles was as the founder of the LSU Health Shreveport Foundation which now manages over $200 million in assets for the benefit of LSU Health Shreveport.
“Dr. Ike Muslow was a giant among those who have advocated for and loved LSU Health Shreveport. He was still teaching during his last hospital stay and never ceased promoting every aspect of our health sciences center to include the School of Allied Health Professions where he received his physical therapy. He deserves every recognition he receives for his incalculable impact to medical education, healthcare and research in our region,” stated LSU Health Shreveport Chancellor G. E. Ghali, DDS, MD, FACS, FRCS (Ed)
The School of Allied Health Professions is honoring Dr. Muslow’s long term support by providing new landscaping and installing an engraved bench for patients to rest as they are arriving and leaving the clinic. Many patients accessing rehabilitation at the Outpatient Faculty Clinic have significant mobility issues resulting in the idea for creating a peaceful resting place just outside the clinic entry. Leadership and faculty who worked with Dr. Muslow, both as a leader and patient, found him to be a resting place for friendship and guidance leading to the dedication of a bench in his honor.
Dr. Muslow died on January 18, 2020 at the age of 93 in his home.