Committed to Continuing Education

Continuing medical education events serve an integral role in our departmental mission of educating and training our next generation of neurosurgeons - our residents.  We are proud to provide continuing medical education events to our physicians, staff, nurses, residents, and the local medical community with the most renowned neurosurgeons in the field invited to share their knowledge and expertise through lectures and hands-on training.



The Donald and Kathryn Smith Spine Visiting Lecture Series is named for Dr. Donald Smith and his wife, Kathryn. Dr. Smith is a clinical professor in the Department of Neurosurgery and a pillar in the neurosurgical community in the Shreveport-Bossier area. 

This activity is designed to meet the educational needs of Neurosurgery Physicians, Neurology Physicians, Orthopedic Physicians, Advanced Practice Nurses, Physician Assistants, Nurses, and Interns and Residents in Neurosurgery, Neurology, and Orthopedic Specialties.

The symposium will present a multidisciplinary approach needed for the care and treatment of patients with neurological spinal diseases in order to educate and inform healthcare providers about best current practices and future treatment and rehabilitation directions.

Smith Spine Symposium Speakers


Each year, the LSU Health Shreveport Department of Neurosurgery invites a renowned neurosurgeon to serve as keynote speaker for the annual Levy Conference, providing the medical community the opportunity to gain new insight and increase knowledge in the field of neurosurgery. This professorship was instituted by Ben Levy, Jr. and his wife, Mary Louise Levy. 

Owning a local commercial laundry business from 1947 until 1985, the Levys were active in civic affairs, serving on boards and officers in numerous community and nonprofit organizations.

Shortly before his death in 2001, Mr. Levy was honored with the Humanitarian Award by the National Conference for Community and Justice. Mrs. Levy later passed away in March 2009.

The annual Levy Conference Visiting Professorship in Neurosurgery is the Levy’s legacy in the LSU Health Shreveport Department of Neurosurgery, helping to ensure the department’s continued academic success.

Past Levy Speakers


Each Fall, our department hosts the Annual Woodard Symposium at LSU Health Shreveport. Keynote speakers include world-renowned vascular neurosurgeons who deliver lectures to Neurosurgery faculty, residents, PAs, NPs, and nurses; physicians and residents from relevant departments.

This event would not be possible if not for the Woodard family for which this symposium is named. Larene Woodard was a patient treated by our department 10 years ago. Ms. Woodard came in with a life-threatening aneurysm to which we performed a coiling operation to prevent the aneurysm from bursting. Out of gratitude to the faculty and staff in the Department of Neurosurgery, the Woodards established the Scotty and Larene Woodard Professorship.

Past Woodard Speakers