Our residency training program in clinical neurosurgery utilizes three medical institutions, all located in close geographical proximity to LSU Health Shreveport Medical School. The primary training site is located at our training hospital, Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport Academic Medical Center, connected to the medical school with additional training sites at Willis-Knighton Health System and Overton Brooks VA Medical Center.
Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport Academic Medical Center
Willis-Knighton Health System
Overton Brooks VA Hospital
Partnering with the Ochsner Health System, we strive to provide high-quality patient care within a setting that advances medical science through research and educates the next generation of neurosurgical leaders in healthcare. We are committed to providing opportunities that develop and grow careers in a compassionate team-oriented environment.
Since 2014, the Department of Neurosurgery has housed our clinic outside of the hospital, providing a unified space and created both a stronger practice and better patient care. We have recently moved our clinic location from the Willis-Knighton Pierremont Medical Arts Building to Margaret Place Properties located at 1 Saint Mary Place, Suite 100, Shreveport (previously Schumpert Hospital).
The neurosurgery clinic moved into the 75,000 square-foot facility in May 2019. The neurosurgery clinic features 15 exam rooms, conference space, and patient waiting areas.
With the new clinic location, families in the Shreveport-Bossier area will have better access to more neurosurgical specialty clinicians and services.
The State of Louisiana, the Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College Board of Supervisors on behalf of LSU Health Sciences Center Shreveport and the LSU Health Shreveport Faculty Group Practice, and Ochsner Health System joined a Public Private Partnership Agreement in Shreveport and Monroe beginning October 1, 2018.
Ochsner and LSU Health Shreveport jointly forms Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport to oversee and coordinate activities between the health sciences center and the healthcare delivery system. Under the new structure, Ochsner brings their nationally-recognized expertise to the management of operations for their partner hospitals in Shreveport and Monroe, clinics and the clinical activity of the LSU Health Shreveport Faculty Group Practice.
As part of the partnership, one of the first initiatives set forth is the creation of a neurosciences hub for northern Louisiana located in the former Schumpert Hospital at 1 Saint Mary Place, Shreveport. This new healthcare campus offers state-of-the-art patient care through its multiple clinics, operating rooms, laboratory, and diagnostic imaging services.
The neurosurgery clinic moved into the 75,000 square-foot facility in May 2019. The neurosurgery clinic features 15 exam rooms, conference space, and patient waiting.
Alongside the neurosurgery clinic will be:
- A neurology clinic with 15 exam rooms and a procedure/infusion room;
- An outpatient laboratory with services to support the clinics onsite including two drawing stations and two collection rooms;
- A comprehensive diagnostic imaging center offering MRI, CT scan, x-ray, ultrasound, and bone density scans with a dedicated reception and waiting areas; and
- An ambulatory surgery center that includes reception and waiting areas, consultation room, and 12 private patient rooms with ensuite bathrooms for patients that require overnight recovery time.
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The Department of Neurosurgery has pioneered a skull base surgical skills laboratory for teaching and simulation of operative cases. Medical students and residents are taught the nuances of surgical approaches, technique, and microsurgical skills necessary to be successful in practice.
Didactic lectures are followed by hands-on cadaveric exposures in small groups. Faculty and senior resident guidance is present at each laboratory session.
The Skull Base Lab is directed by Bharat Guthikonda, MD, FACS, FAANS. He is the Director of Skull Base Surgery in the LSU Health Shreveport Department of Neurosurgery.
The surgical skills laboratory serves as a teaching tool for medical students, residents, faculty, and practicing surgeons of all subspecialty fields. The lab provides a setting in which learners of all levels may practice and hone their surgical skills. Using cadaveric specimens allow participants a relaxed setting to strengthen their anatomic knowledge without putting actual patients at risk.