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Gamma Knife
March 2000
Gamma Knife Radiosurgery at LSU Health Sciences Center

After a six-year quest to bring Gamma Knife facilities to Shreveport, Dr. Anil Nanda, Chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery, was successful in securing the $4 million, 20-ton machine. The Gamma Knife treatment is a non-invasive procedure that allows neurosurgeons to precisely target lesions of the brain and treat them with high doses of focused radiation. At the time the LSU Health Sciences Center in Shreveport was the only medical facility in Louisiana with the technology and one of only 50 in the nation. In the first 18 months of use at LSUHSC-S, Gamma Knife radiosurgery was used with 200 patients.
Ike Muslow, M.D.
  June 30, 2000
Longtime LSUHSC-S Leader, Ike Muslow, Retires

Ike Muslow retired from the LSU Health Sciences Center on June 30, 2000, stepping down from his duties as Vice-Chancellor, a position he held since 1981. Dr. Muslow began his medical career in 1958 as a private practitioner, joining the staff of the Confederate Memorial Medical Center (now LSUHSC-S) as administrative director of the department of internal medicine in 1964. Throughout his long and distinguished career, Muslow also served as the hospital medical director and Dean of the School of Medicine in Shreveport on three separate occasions.
McDonald replaces Muslow
  July 1, 2000
McDonald Named Acting Vice Chancellor and Dean

Upon the retirement of Ike Muslow, Dr. John C. McDonald, Chair of the Surgery Department since 1977, was named Acting Chancellor and Acting Dean of the LSU School of Medicine in Shreveport.
Chancellor for LSUHSC-S
  August 18, 2000
LSUHSC-S Finally Receives Approval for a Separate Chancellor

On August 18, 2000, the LSU Board of Supervisors voted to allow the LSU Health Sciences Center in Shreveport to have its own Chancellor, thus achieving financial independence. The Board’s decision created three equal divisions of the University’s health services, each with its own chancellor: LSUHSC-Shreveport, LSUHSC-New Orleans and the group of other charity hospitals owned by the state. This ruling stipulated that funds could no longer be transferred from one medical complex to another, ensuring that the Shreveport Medical Center, the state’s most profitable, would keep its money, rather than supporting New Orleans. A start date for the separation was not indicated. This ruling ended a two-decade long battle for autonomy.
McDonald appointed Chancellor
  November 3, 2000
John C. McDonald, M.D. Named LSUHSC-S Chancellor and Dean

Dr. John C. McDonald made history on November 3, 2000, with his appointment as the first Chancellor of the LSU Health Sciences Center in Shreveport. For the first time, the Shreveport school and hospital would have its own leadership and budget, separate from the New Orleans Health Sciences Center. McDonald was also appointed as Dean of the School of Medicine in Shreveport.
Women’s and Children’s Center
  January 4, 2001
Women’s and Children’s Center Dedication

The Women’s and Children’s Center was dedicated on January 4, 2001, nearly six years after the $8.6 million was approved on June 18, 1995. The new 55,000 square foot building combined women’s and children’s outpatient services that had been spread out in six locations. The Center was built on a 9.5 acre plot of land at the corner of Linwood Avenue and Kings Highway, catty-cornered from the main LSU Medical Center complex. The State purchased this land for $2.38 million in 1993.
Student Union building
  April 2001
Student Union Building Opens

A new Student Union building, for the use of students in the Schools of Medicine, Graduate Studies and Allied Health Professions, was completed in April 2001. The $400,000 project was constructed and furnished solely through student fees and has 4,000 square feet of covered space. The facility was designed by Alliance, Inc. architects and constructed by Carter Construction Company.
Industry of the Year Award
  October 23, 2001
LSUHSC-S Chosen Industry of the Year

On October 23, 2001, Chancellor John C. McDonald attended a special luncheon award ceremony at Harrah’s convention center. The LSU Health Sciences Center in Shreveport had been selected by the Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce as the recipient of the 2000 J. Pat Beaird Industry of the Year Award. The Health Sciences Center was honored for its community involvement and economic impact on the Shreveport area. This was the first time the award was presented to other than a manufacturing industry.
Hospital Administrator Joe Miciotto
  December 11, 2001
Joe Miciotto Named Hospital Administrator

Longtime Associate Hospital Administrator, Joe Miciotto, replaced Ingo Angermeier as Hospital Administrator in December 2001. Miciotto joined the staff of the Confederate Memorial Medical Center in 1975, shortly before the merger with the LSU School of Medicine and subsequent name change to LSU Medical Center. During his 25 years of service to the facility, Miciotto was responsible for much of the growth and development of the former charity hospital into a premier university teaching hospital. Miciotto continues to serve as Hospital Administrator.
E.A. Conway Medical Center
  July 1, 2003
E.A. Conway Medical Center Management Transferred to LSUHSC-S

Signed into law on July 1, 2003, Act 872 of the 2003 Legislature transferred management of the E.A. Conway Medical Center in Monroe to the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in Shreveport. The E.A. Conway Medical Center opened in 1941 as the Northeast Louisiana Charity Hospital. For additional information click here.
  July 2003
Helipad Relocated

In July 2003, the rooftop helipad was open to accept patients via air ambulance. This six month, $1 million project relocated the helipad from ground level on the east side of the campus to the top of the hospital, cutting the trip from the helicopter to the emergency room by a potentially life-saving 90 seconds. A 2004 modification to the helipad allowed two helicopters to land at the same time.
Radiation Oncology Center opens
  August 2003
Radiation Oncology Center

The Radiation Oncology Center, a state-of-the-art facility located adjacent to the Hospital’s K-wing, was completed in August 2003. The $5.5 million project moved radiation therapy services from a flood-prone basement, tripled the space, and upgraded the Gamma Knife system.
Official separation for Shreveport schools
  March 25, 2004
Schools of Allied Health Professions and Graduate Studies Gain Independence from New Orleans

On March 25, 2004, the Louisiana Board of Regents officially transferred administrative control of the Schools of Allied Health Professions and Graduate Studies from New Orleans to the Shreveport campus. Prior to this decision, the School of Allied Health Professions and Graduate Studies were administered by associate deans in Shreveport who reported to deans at the LSUHSC in New Orleans. The School of Graduate Studies awarded M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in five biomedical sciences with 90 students enrolled. The School of Allied Health Professions awarded bachelor’s or master’s degrees in seven healthcare disciplines and had 182 students.
Feist-Weiller Cancer Center
  October 14, 2004
Feist-Weiller Cancer Center Has Grand Opening

The $14 million Feist-Weiller Cancer Center, an outpatient treatment facility, was dedicated on October 14, 2004 and opened to patients four days later. The four-story, 55,000 square foot center brought surgeons, radiologists, physicians and other health care professionals specializing in cancer screening and treatment together into one building. A combination of state, federal and private funding made this dream a reality. A $10 million capital outlay bill was signed by Governor Mike Foster on July 16, 1997 and two years later an additional $8 million was approved. Groundbreaking ceremonies were held on December 7, 2001 and the building was topped off in November 2002.

The Center, part of the LSU Health Sciences Center in Shreveport, was recognized as a Center of Excellence in Cancer Research, Treatment and Education by the Louisiana Legislature in 1993 and was named the Feist-Weiller Cancer Center in 1997 following a generous philanthropic gift to honor the Feist and Weiller families. Jonathan Glass, M.D. is the founding Director of the Center and has announced his retirement effective December 31, 2010.

The four-story building houses a patient centered library and the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Affiliate on the first floor, with outpatient examination rooms and treatment rooms on the 2nd and 3rd floors. The 4th floor is devoted to offices and meeting rooms. More information can be found at www.feistweiller.org.
Legal status of LSUHSC-S
  July 1, 2005
Separate Legal Status Granted to LSUHSC-S

Act 145 of the Louisiana Legislature, effective July 1, 2005, granted separate legal status to the LSU Health Sciences Center in Shreveport. This legislation defined in law what comprises the Health Sciences Center at Shreveport and what comprises the Health Sciences Center in New Orleans.
Ambulatory Care Center
  December 5, 2005
Ambulatory Care Center Opens

The first phase of occupancy for the long-awaited Ambulatory Care Center began on December 5, 2005 when the Psychiatry Clinic and Partners in Wellness opened for patient care. Additional clinics were opened in April, including general medicine, orthopedics, surgery, otolaryngology, oral surgery, dermatology, neurology/neurosurgery, and a number of specialty medicine clinics. Although the building had been accepted in early 2005, a lack of funding for equipment and personnel kept the new facility empty for months. Construction began in 2002 on the $24 million, 160,000 square foot outpatient center that was designed to centralize the services of nearly 20 clinics.
Economic impact study
  July 11, 2006
Economic Impact Study Conducted

An economic impact study, “It’s Not Just Healthcare: The Economic Impact of the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center on the State and Shreveport-Bossier City MSA” was commissioned by the LSUHS Foundation in 2006. Highlights of the report included: LSUHSC-S was the largest employer in Shreveport with more than 5,200 employees; one out of every thirteen jobs in the Shreveport/Bossier Area (13,734 total jobs) can be traced back to LSUHSC-S; and $380.6 million is pumped into the local economy as a result of LSUHSC-S. The entire report can be found at www.lsuhsfoundation.org.
Huey P. Long Medical Center
  July 2, 2007
Huey P. Long Medical Center Management Transferred to LSUHSC-S

Signed into law on July 2, 2007, Act 220 of the 2007 Louisiana Legislature transferred management of the Huey P. Long Medical Center in Pineville to the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in Shreveport. The Huey P. Long Medical Center opened in 1938 as the Mid-State Charity Hospital. For additional information click here.
Dr. John V. Lombardi
  July 13, 2007
John V. Lombardi, Ph.D. Named LSUS System President

With the retirement of William L. Jenkins, Dr. John V. Lombardi became the fifth President of the LSU System in September 2007. Lombardi, the unanimous choice of the LSU Board of Supervisors, previously served as Chancellor of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
Allied Health building
  September 2007
School of Allied Health Professions Building Opens

The new $12 million School of Allied Health Professions building, located just south of the Health Sciences Center on the corner of Dowdell St. and Claiborne Ave., was occupied in September 2007. Numerous problems with exterior brickwork delayed the actual completion, but most of the interior space was usable. Plans for the five-story, 75,000 square foot building date back to 1995. The new facility houses the programs for Cardiopulmonary Science, Clinical Laboratory Sciences, Physician Assistant, Occupational Therapy, and Physical Therapy, as well as the Children’s Center and the Outpatient Rehabilitation Clinic. More information on the School of Allied Health Professions can be found by clicking here.
Emergency Care Center exam room
  October 15, 2008
Emergency Care Center-Phase One Opens

The first phase of the Emergency Care Center expansion and renovation project was opened to patients on October 15, 2008. Work on phase two began on October 20, 2008 and was completed in 2010. The $15 million project doubled the square footage and the number of beds in the unit. As with many building projects, the time from start to finish can extend over a number of years. Design work for the new Emergency Care Center began in November 2002. A lack of funding delayed progress and by May 2004, plans were still in the design phase. In February 2007, Carter Construction Company began the renovation work to add 24,000 square feet of new space. The resulting 40,000 square foot, completely renovated facility has 54 private rooms, each with a telephone, television and clock.
McDonald retires
  January 1, 2009
Chancellor John C. McDonald Retires

On December 13, 2007, an e-mail message was sent to the faculty of the LSU Health Sciences Center, informing them of McDonald’s decision to retire no later than January 1, 2009. In his understated way, he said, “I have been privileged to serve the LSU Health Sciences Center at Shreveport for some 31 years, but I feel that it is time to retire.” True to his word, Dr. McDonald's retirement was effective January 1, 2009. A website celebrating the life and work of Dr. McDonald can be accessed here.
Barish named Chancellor
  April 15, 2009
Robert A. Barish, M.D. Named Chancellor

Dr. Robert A. Barish
assumed leadership of the LSU Health Sciences Center-Shreveport in April 2009 following a distinguished 24-year career in academic medicine at the University of Maryland Medical Center. Board certified in both Emergency Medicine and Internal Medicine, Dr. Barish is a 1979 graduate of New York Medical College. LSU System President John V. Lombardi, Ph.D., welcomed the new Chancellor, stating “Dr. Barish brings exceptional qualifications and experience to the LSU Health Sciences Center and its hospitals. His knowledge, energy, and vision promise continued eminence for the multiple academic and clinical enterprises that encompass this vital academic medical center.”
Chesson named Dean
  November 1, 2009
Andrew L. Chesson, Jr., M.D. Named Dean

Dr. Andrew L. Chesson, Jr., Professor of Neurology and Director of the LSUHSC-S Sleep Medicine Program, was chosen as Dean of the LSU School of Medicine in Shreveport on November 1, 2009. Chesson joined the LSUHSC-S faculty in 1978 as a junior faculty member in the Department of Neurology. Since that time he has risen through the academic and administrative ranks and most recently served as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.