Our Commitment

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The Department of Surgery is committed to the education and training of talented surgical clinicians, incorporating skills, knowledge, and competencies that are essential to providing the highest standard of care.  We train surgical residents to become the future leaders of academic surgery.

Join us in our mission to Teach, Heal and Discover.


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. → Learn more about Resident Research

Accordingly, a structured program has been developed to incorporate a research experience into surgical training at LSU Health Shreveport.  Early in the PGY 1 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.



Attendance at each of these conferences is mandatory.  All residents will be free of their routine clinical duties each Tuesday between the hours of 6:45 - 9:30 a.m. to provide protected time to participate in core didactic activities.  Residents with simulation activities will be free of clinical duty between 8:30 - 9:30 a.m.  Not all residents will have a simulation activity every week.


6:45 - 7:30 AM

7:30 – 8:30 AM

8:30 – 9:30 AM

Week I

SCORE Review


Surgical Simulation Lab, Standardized Patients, SCORE Quiz, Mock Orals (alternated weekly)

Week II

SCORE Review


Surgical Simulation Lab, Standardized Patients, SCORE Quiz, Mock Orals (alternated weekly)

Week III

SCORE Review

Great Case Conference

Surgical Simulation Lab, Standardized Patients, SCORE Quiz, Mock Orals (alternated weekly)

Week IV

SCORE Review


Surgical Simulation Lab, Standardized Patients, SCORE Quiz, Mock Orals (alternated weekly)

Week V

SCORE Review


Surgical Simulation Lab, Standardized Patients, SCORE Quiz, Mock Orals (alternated weekly)

  • SCORE Review:  Faculty-led session to improve the education of residents through the curriculum "TWIS"
  • Morbidity and Mortality Conference:  Session for learning from medical errors, complications, and unanticipated outcomes
  • Great Case Conference: Discussion to identify and analyze factors associated with surgical cases
  • Surgical Skills Laboratory: A one-hour course in which surgical technical skills, patient care, and communication are taught and tested


Navdeep Samra, MD
Program Director

Amos Sit, MD
Associate Program Director

Paul Perkowski, MD
Associate Program Director

Ginny Hammock, MBA, C-TAGME
Program Administrator-Sr.

Amy Shelley, RHIA
GME Specialist
Phone: (318) 675-8892
Fax: (318) 675-6138

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Surgical Conference

The ACGME RRC requires that residents maintain a minimum of 75% attendance at the departmental mandatory didactic conferences. Residents are required to sign the attendance sheet(s). Absence from these conferences will be excused only in those instances in which the resident is on annual or sick leave or is attending an approved surgical conference.

All conferences are held weekly unless indicated otherwise.


Department Conferences

Teaching Facilities

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