"I wanted comprehensive family medicine training, and I knew I would get it here. Now that I have graduated, there isn't much that makes me uncomfortable in the outpatient setting in which I practice. It was great experience!"
Dr. Cara Permenter, (Class of 2020 & Current Faculty)
The LSU Health Shreveport Department of Family Medicine strives to be a premier educator of medical students and family medicine residents, a leading provider of primary health care for Louisiana citizens, and a highly effective promoter of Family Medicine. Our department has a long history of innovative training for medical students and residents. From its inception, a stated goal of the School of Medicine at LSU Health 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.
- People are our greatest resource
- Relationships characterized by integrity and honesty
- An environment conducive to growth and learning
- Empowerment of patients, learners, faculty, and staff to pursue healthy, productive, and satisfying lives
- The ideals of Family Medicine expressed through excellence in education, patient care and community leadership
- Excellence in patient care based on the best available scientific evidence and delivered with compassion, respect, teamwork and professionalism
- A sense of genuine teamwork, where all members of the healthcare team are respected by other members, value their own contributions and are eager to assist with any necessary task
"When I decided to pursue a career in medicine, I wanted to learn as much as possible about the field of medicine. That is why I fell in love with Family Medicine. The depth of content would mean that I could provide comprehensive care to all age groups covering a multitude of health conditions. Due to the variability in the residency training curriculum across the country, I had to find a program that provided a comprehensive training and guaranteed a successful career post residency training. I found such a program at LSU Health Shreveport Family Medicine. Ali Riza Nazari, MD (Class of 2019, ABFM & ABOM Diplomate)
Family Medicine Residency Programs
FMIG gives medical students opportunities to explore the field of Family Medicine and its many career opportunities through involvement in the community, connecting students to local family physicians and involvement at the state and national level in coordination with the LAFP and AAFP.
Provides medical students opportunities to explore the field of Sports Medicine and its involvement in the community. Students will have exposure to a broad level of patients ranging from weekend warriors to collegiate athletes. Students will develop a good foundation for assessing musculoskeletal injuries and how to properly diagnose and treat those injuries. Other Sports Medicine relevant assessments include but are not limited to: Concussion and Sports Medicine Cardiology. This is in accordance with the state and national level in coordination with the LAFP, AAFP and AMSSM.
The August, 2022 SAGE Honor Society Star is Dr. Ammar Husan, Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine.
KMSS/KTAL - Dr. Peter Seidenberg, Chief of Family Medicine at LSUHS, shares "Every boxer needs a pre-bout and post fight physical. We also provide coverage ringside during the event to make sure the boxers are not hurt and that they are safe to continue participating.”
Dr. John Mercke, LSUHS Resident in the Family Medicine Residency Program in Alexandria is the recipient of the 2021 Louisiana Academy of Family Physicians “Resident Award of Excellence”. Only one resident is chosen statewide for the annual award.
KSLA12 - Dr. Charles Webb, Director of sports medicine division at LSUHS, shares that young athletes are usually taught how to hit and receive a hit around junior high. Dr. Webb said parents should put their children in club soccer or flag football in contrast to popcorn or pee wee football.
KSLA 12 - Filling up on fluids and constant hydration are good ways to prevent heat exhaustion, especially as outdoor sports like football are gearing up for the fall with summer practices, says Dr. Charles Webb, LSUHS Director of Sports Medicine Division.
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.