The Department of Surgery at LSU Health Shreveport has a strong commitment to research, according to a legacy originally established and promoted under the leadership of Dr. John C. McDonald in 1977.  The clinical volume and diversity of surgical disease processes seen at LSU Health Shreveport provides abundant substrate for the development of important clinical and translational studies, with a promise to improve evidenced-based care and patient outcomes. The mission of LSU Health is to teach, heal, and discover.  These goals are reflected in the Department of Surgery's commitment to and inclusion of research as a critical component of surgical training. A foundation in research activities supports career development, and positions graduates of the surgical residency to compete for specialized fellowship training.  Importantly, an understanding of the research process serves to develop critical thinking and understanding of the literature, and furthers education for future generations of surgeons.

Excellence in clinical care and patient service can only be achieved when a surgeon develops critical thinking, and learns to develop evidenced-based practices.  Importantly, research supports continued evolvement of our clinical practice, allowing for the highest level care and best outcomes. 

Accordingly, a structured program has been developed to incorporate a research experience into surgical training at LSU Health Shreveport.  Early in the PGY1 year, online Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) training is required, and specific guidance is given for identifying and developing a research idea, study design, and submitting an appropriate IRB application.  Basic guidance and support with biostatistics is also provided.  A research handbook is included in the orientation materials.  Our successful model involves pairing of a surgical trainee with a faculty research mentor who is able to provide direct guidance and oversight to insure the quality and success of the research experience.

PGY 2-4 residents will design and complete an annual original research project involving a clinical, quality, translational, or basic science topic.   This project will be presented to the Department as a brief presentation, and constructive advice given for improvement and future directions.  Based on faculty evaluations of the research presentations, four residents will be chosen as finalists for the research award.  They will present their work during the annual Abramson conference. The best of these will be recognized with an Annual Research award.

The Resident Research website provides timely and relevant information to incoming research residents in order to assist in guiding their choice of a research pathway, identifying a research mentor, and showcasing the hard work and commitment displayed throughout each research endeavor. The role of the Department of Surgery Research Committee and Research Management team includes advising residents regarding selection of research topics, faculty mentors, and study design, as well as, monitoring resident progress throughout the life of each research project to ensure delivery of adequate resources and oversight.

Research Management Team

Dr. Terry Lairmore

Terry C. Lairmore, MD, FACS

Professor of Clinical Surgery
Director of Surgical Research

Department of Surgery | Room 3-239
Phone:  (318) 675-7569

Wendy Chriss

Wendy Chriss, MBA-HCM

Surgical Research Project Manager
Department of Surgery | Room 3-305
Phone: (318) 675-6530​
Fax: (318) 675-4582​



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