Since its inception in 1990, the Center of Excellence for Arthritis and Rheumatology (CEAR) has served as a leader within LSU Health Shreveport in its mission of “education, service and scholarly activities” as well as community service and fundraising.


Dr. Samina Hayat

Samina Hayat, MD
Director of CEAR

Director's Message

The LSU Health Shreveport Division of Rheumatology is the primary Rheumatology referral center for the northern half of the state of Louisiana (population of 1.6 million individuals within a radius of 250 miles) as well as parts of Eastern Texas, Southern Arkansas, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Mississippi.

Our objectives are:

  1. To provide unequalled Rheumatology education for all trainees headed for both clinical and academic careers.
  2. To serve as positive role models for students and residents thus attracting them to careers in Rheumatology
  3. To provide state of the art patient care in a cost effective efficient manner.
  4. To enable non-rheumatologists to recognize rheumatic disorders and provide them with basic diagnostic skills, initial treatment tools and improved opportunities to refer to rheumatologists in a times manner.
  5. To foster critical thinking and questioning that advances the understanding and treatment of rheumatic diseases.


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The purpose of CEAR is to develop new activities and expand existing projects in clinical and laboratory research, patient care and treatment and education relating to rheumatologic disorders.

The development and provision of comprehensive, patient-oriented programs for treatment, research and education related to arthritis and other rheumatic disease establishes the CEAR as one of the few exemplary programs in the country and the first one in Louisiana or surrounding states. 


The CEAR History

The Center of Excellence for Arthritis and Rheumatology (CEAR) at LSU Health Shreveport was established and funded in 1990 by the Louisiana Legislature in House Bill No 1010 and as an Academic Administrative Unit and Budgetary Cost Center by the State of Louisiana Board of Regents on April 24th, 1991. The CEAR is administered through the Chancellor and Dean’s Office of the LSU Health Shreveport School of Medicine and received re-accreditation in 2019 for the next five years.

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Dr. Samina Hayat named Master of American College of Rheumatology

Recognition as an American College Of Rheumatology Master is one of the highest honors that the College bestows on its distinguished members. These honorees have devoted their long careers to furthering rheumatology research and improving clinical standards in the treatment of rheumatic diseases. Congratulations Dr. Hayat!

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Dr. Yurochko in the lab

LSUHS has received a 5 year grant for $10,529,128 from the National Institute of Health (NIH) to establish a Center of Biomedical Research Excellence, or COBRE. The COBRE funds will establish the Center for Applied Immunology and Pathological Processes (CAIPP), which will operate on the LSU Health Shreveport campus.

Read More about LSU Health Shreveport awarded over $10.5 million for NIH COBRE focusing research on immunology and pathological processes

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