Four endowed professorships created at LSU Health Shreveport

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The Louisiana Board of Regents has approved funding for four endowed professorships at LSU Health Shreveport.

The Endowed Professorships Program helps recruit and retain superior faculty members at Louisiana institutions by pairing a 60 percent private-sector gift with a 40 percent Board of Regents award.

Three of the new professorships were created by gifts from the Medical Center Clinics Inc., which was founded in 1968 by local physicians who wanted to provide support for resident education at the LSU Health’s School of Medicine. Each of the following professorships was created by a $60,000 gift from the Medical Center Clinics, which was matched by $40,000 from the Board of Regents Support Fund to establish the $100,000 endowment:

  • Clarence H. Webb, MD, Endowed Professorship in Pediatrics
  • Medical Center Clinics Endowed Professorship in Radiology
  • Dudley R. Isom, DDS, Endowed Professorship in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Since its creation, the Medical Center Clinics has provided grants to various residency programs, donated $1.2 million to create an endowment to bolster graduate medical education, and funded nine endowed professorships honoring the areas of specialty represented by the doctors on the founding board of directors.

The fourth professorship to receive matching funds is the Charles Richard Parks Endowed Professorship in Neurological Rehabilitation, which was established by a $100,000 gift from patient Richard Parks and matched by the Board of Regents to create the $140,000 endowment. Dr. Suzanne Tinsley, Associate Professor of Physical Therapy, was announced as the first holder of the Parks Endowed Professorship in January. Parks was so moved by the care he received from LSU Health faculty and clinic staff that he wanted to support their work with a gift to the School of Allied Health Professions’ physical therapy program.

“We are grateful for the generous gifts that made these endowed professorships possible,” said LSU Health Shreveport Chancellor Dr. G.E. Ghali. “These professorships show not only a commitment to the training programs at LSU Health but also to improving health care in north Louisiana.”

A reception honoring endowed professorships and chairs will be held in the fall.

Endowed professorship requirements have changed for the fiscal year 2017-18 that began on July 1. Participation now requires a contribution of at least $80,000 from an external source, to be matched with $20,000 from the Board of Regents Support Fund.