Monique Harris-Gaspard was confined to a wheelchair when she reached out to Dr. Anthony Sin at LSU Health Shreveport. Dr. Sin is internationally recognized for his work in spinal deformity and has been instrumental in providing feedback leading to innovative technologies in complex spine surgeries and robotics.
Building upon a legacy of excellence, our world-renowned neurosurgeons see some of the most complex neurosurgical cases in the tri-state area.
A Message from the Chairman
It is an exciting time for the department, with a flourishing practice, a great complement of faculty and residents, and a great clinic team. As recognized leaders in neurosurgery, we are well positioned to grow our practice and provide excellent comprehensive neurosurgical care to Shreveport-Bossier, northwest Louisiana and beyond for the foreseeable future.
Educating and training our next generation of neurosurgeons, our residents, has always been and will continue to be at the forefront of our departmental mission.
We strive to develop and support pioneering scientific programs through basic research opportunities and projects focusing on the development of new, cutting-edge surgical approaches and refinement of existing approaches supported by clinical and technique-based projects.
We are continuously expanding our neurosurgical faculty to ensure our residents receive an excellent combination of clinical and research opportunities led by some of the most knowledgeable and renowned neurosurgeons in the field. We are very fortunate to have several senior faculty members who are excellent mentors and continue our tradition of excellence in delivering world-class, compassionate patient care and producing the future leaders in the field of neurosurgery.
Our program offers residents a wealth of clinical exposure with more than 3,000 surgical procedures performed annually.
Residents gain experience in trauma, spinal instrumentation, skull base, peripheral nerve, vascular, oncology, pediatric, stereotactic, endoscopic, aneurysm, arteriovenous malformations, and pain specialties. These cases include over 600 craniotomies, 70 skull base procedures, 1000 spinal cases, and 60 aneurysms. Our curriculum fosters an environment in which residents build upon skills that enable them to care for patients from evaluation to post-operative care.
It is with a great deal of humility and gratitude that I serve as the Department of Neurosurgery’s Chairman and invite you to visit us and explore, whether you are a patient, a scientist, or a student. Welcome to the LSU Health Shreveport Department of Neurosurgery.
THE DEPARTMENT OF NEUROSURGERY BY THE NUMBERS
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The LSU Health Shreveport Department of Neurosurgery builds upon a proud and distinguished tradition of training future leaders and innovators in the field of neurosurgery by fostering excellence in both clinical neurosurgery and research. Learn more about our training programs:
KTBS3 - Dr. Jamie Toms, LSUHS Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery, says Parkinson’s disease affects how the brain produces a chemical called dopamine. Dopamine is one of the chemicals in the brain known as a “feel good neurotransmitter.” With Parkinson’s, when the brain stops making dopamine like it should, depression can set in.
Dr. Christina Notarianni and Dr. W. Christopher Newman, faculty members with the LSU Health Shreveport Department of Neurosurgery, recently performed a complex surgery utilizing GammaTile.
The Symposium took place on October 1, 2021 with keynote speaker, Dr. Ricardo Hanel, Director of the Baptist Neurological Institute, discussing new aneurysm technologies.
Dr. Ann Stroink has been a leader in the field of neurosurgery for more than 30 years with a proven record of program and business development in neuro healthcare sciences. She presented a presentation entitled, “Career, Mastery, Science and Advocacy: Striking the Balance.”
In June 2021, Drs. Hugo Cuellar, Pankaj Sharma, and Edward Burkhardt implanted the first Pipeline Shield in Louisiana into a patient at Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport. For patients that receive treatment with the Pipeline embolization device with Shield Technologyᵀᴹ, more than 90% of the aneurysm will disappear within 6 months after treatment.
Dr. Anthony Sin now offers the latest in robotic spinal surgery technology to patients with the Mazor X Stealth Edition™ robotic guidance system, making the department the first in the area to offer this service.
PGY-3 Neurosurgery resident, Dr. Danielle Terrell, participated in a zoom panel recently in an event organized by the Women in STEM department at Middle Tennessee State University.
Dr. Anthony Sin, Professor and Vice-Chairman of the LSU Health Shreveport Department of Neurosurgery, was appointed to be the next Secretary and Treasurer of the Louisiana Neurosurgical Society. He will serve in this role for the next two years. This position is typically a step that leads to becoming the President of LANS.
Dr. Racheal Peterson, PGY-5 Neurosurgery resident, received the John Jackson Resident Award at the Louisiana Neurosurgical Society Annual Meeting on January 16, 2021. She received the award for her presentation, "Gadolinium retention in patients undergoing routine postoperative surveillance for pituitary adenomas."
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.