LSU Health Shreveport faculty and residents provide tertiary level care for the entire region of North Louisiana, South Arkansas, and East Texas through Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport:

  • Hospital beds- 478
  • ED beds- 54
  • Adult visits/year- 60,000
  • Pediatric visits/year- 8,000
  • Major trauma activations/year- 2,400
  • Admission rate- 22%
  • ICU admit rate- 2.3%

Emergency Medicine patients are cared for by:

  • 21 Emergency Medicine Attending Physicians
  • 34 Emergency Medicine Residents
  • 60 nurses
  • 8 Advanced Practice Providers

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We are the only ACS verified Level 1 Trauma Center in the region. We also serve as a primary stroke center with thrombectomy certification and the regional burn center.   


Department of Emergency Medicine History

Although our residency 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: providing 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 1992, 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.


Emergency Medicine Residency Programs

The fully accredited residency program that our faculty has developed offers excellence in teaching and academic standards, a well-balanced and complete curriculum, and a supportive and friendly environment. Our full-time faculty work with our residents to prepare them for a future in Emergency Medicine, a specialty that is constantly evolving in a very exciting manner. We expect our graduates to be fully prepared to practice in any academic or clinical environment of their choosing as the future leaders and educators within our specialty.


Learn More about Our Emergency Medicine Residency Program

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Latest News from LSUHS Emergency Medicine

Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport see large increase in trauma patients in 2021

KTBS3 - People with traumatic injuries are usually taken to Shreveport's Ochsner LSU Health to be treated. In 2020, the hospital treated around 2,200 trauma patients. In 2021, it treated around 3,300 trauma patients, over 300 were pediatric cases. "We're a level one trauma center, we just recently got a repeat certification for trauma," said Dr. Chuck Fox, Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport, chief medical officer. 

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Administrative Coordinator 
Belinda Kennedy
(318) 626-2325

Program Administrator
Julie Glover
(318) 626-2326

Mailing Address:
Dept. of Emergency Medicine
1501 Kings Highway
PO Box 33932
Shreveport, LA 71130-3932

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Louisiana State University Health Shreveport (LSUHS) strives to cultivate a diverse and inclusive culture that supports equity, acceptance, and respect for the differences in others. The institution is committed to achieving excellence in fulfilling its mission by utilizing the rich talents of individuals who contribute different backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences to the work and learning environment and who reflect the varied populations of Louisiana. As such, the institution adopts a definition of diversity that embraces a broad spectrum of human expression and characteristics that include but are not limited to race, ethnicity, gender/gender identity, social and cultural attributes, abilities, sexual orientation, religion, rural or metropolitan background, military or veteran status, and age. In addition, diversity also includes life experiences, record of service, and other talents and personal attributes that enhance the work and learning atmosphere. LSUHS is dedicated to building an inclusive and diverse community through the recruitment, enrollment, hiring, and retention/graduation of students, faculty, staff, and leadership who meet this definition of diversity.


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