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

Bharat Guthikonda,

MD, MBA, FAANS, FACS
Professor and 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

3,000+

Operations per

Year

1,000+

Gamma

Knife Procedures

51,000+

Total Operations since 1996

10,000+

Spine Operations Performed

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Match 2021: Neurosurgery Meets Its New Residents

With more than 260 applications from the top neurosurgical residency candidates across the country, the LSU Health Shreveport Department of Neurosurgery is pleased to announce their 2021 residency matches. Carlie Proctor and Joseph Camarano have joined our neurosurgery residency program this July.

Carlie Proctor received her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from A.T. Still University of Health Sciences Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine Kirksville, Missouri. Proctor received her undergraduate degree in biology with a concentration in neurobiology from the University of Texas in San Antonio. She has received numerous awards and accolades during her time in medical school including the Snyder-Crummy Living Tribute Scholarship, the George W. Rea D.O. Scholarship, and the Richard J. Murphy D.O. Scholarship. Carlie is also a member of the Sigma Sigma Phi National Osteopathic Honor Society and the American Medical Association. Raised on a farm in rural Missouri, she is the first doctor in her family and is interested in neurosurgical oncology.

 

Joseph Camarano received his MD from the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine in Galveston, Texas. A Texas native, Camarano graduated cum laude with an undergraduate degree in biology and minor in mathematics from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. As a medical student, he received a UTMB TL1 Training Program Grant and position, a National Institute of Health (NIH)-supported program designed to develop multidisciplinary translational science and grant writing competencies. Joseph is active in organized medicine; serving as a representative of the House of Delegates and as the Chair of the Committee on Medical Education in the American Medical Association (AMA) while a medical student. His research focuses on prognostic models for traumatic brain injury as well as exploring basic science mechanisms of cognitive decline in aging and disease.

 

WELCOME OUR NEW FACULTY MEMBERS

   

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