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. The curriculum fosters an environment in which residents build upon skills that enable them to care for patients from evaluation to post-operative care. Our institution is fully equipped with state-of-the-art facilities including Gamma Knife, the Skull Base Lab, the Interventional Neuroradiology Suite, Neuro ICU, and PET Scan facilities.
"The Neurosurgery Residency Training Program at LSU Health Shreveport provides an academic environment that fosters excellence in both clinical neurosurgery and research. At the completion of the program, residents are expected to be outstanding clinicians, active investigators, and experienced educators."
~ Dr. Christina Notarianni, Residency Program Director
Faculty members typically confine their practice to a specific area of neurosurgery, enabling them to obtain a depth of clinical experience and expertise that results in superior patient care. During residency training, residents get full exposure to each of these sub-specialty areas including skull base surgery, spinal deformities, endovascular, pediatric, and epilepsy.
Neurosurgical problems in the pediatric age group are often difficult and complex. Our Pediatric Neurosurgery service offers comprehensive care and a multi-disciplinary approach for the full range of brain, spine, peripheral nerve, and craniofacial disorders in children and adolescents. Common conditions treated by our neurosurgeons are brain tumors, cerebral palsy, Chiari malformations, congenital malformations of the brain and spine, hydrocephalus, and traumatic brain and spinal injuries.
Our spinal neurosurgeons strive to provide state-of–the-art management and an individualized treatment strategy for every patient incorporating a multidisciplinary approach that includes orthopedic surgeons, physical medicine and rehabilitation, pain management, physical therapy and neurologists. Common conditions treated by our neurosurgeons are degenerative lumbar and cervical disc disease, herniated discs, spinal fractures, scoliosis, spinal tumors, spinal stenosis, and spinal trauma.
While most patients’ seizures can be adequately controlled with anti-epileptic medication, around 30% are resistant to such therapy and may benefit from surgical removal of the epileptic focus within the brain. Our Epilepsy Surgery Program is part of a collaborative partnership between our neurosurgeons and neurological colleagues, working together to provide hope to adults and children with epilepsy.
The program is one of a select few which offer both open surgical and endovascular treatment. Surgeons in the program have been nationally recognized for their expertise in endovascular and open surgical approaches to endovascular disease, most recently receiving the American Heart Association / American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® Stroke Silver Quality Achievement Award. Our endovascular neurosurgeons manage all aspects of stroke and cerebrovascular disorders as well as the coordination of subsequent therapeutic strategies including surgery, interventional neuroradiology, stereotactic radiosurgery and rehabilitation.
Removal of tumors and treatment of vascular lesions that occur at the base of the skull can be some of the most technically challenging surgeries. We offer the most advanced techniques and technologies in surgical approaches such as cranial nerve monitoring, endoscopic visualization, intraoperative imaging and navigation, neuroendovascular techniques, intraoperative and stereotactic radiation that dramatically improve patient outcomes and quality of life. Skull base disorders can impact many body functions in addition to the nervous system. Depending upon the structures involved, we will obtain full preoperative evaluations by Ophthalmology, Endocrinology, Audiology and Neurology. We are also supported by comprehensive interdisciplinary efforts in Neuro-Oncology, Oncology, Radiation-Oncology, Radiology, Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Services, as well as Advanced Neuroscience Nursing during surgery and in our Neuro Intensive Care Unit.