“As graduates of the LSU Medical School in Shreveport, we feel fortunate to be able to contribute to the tradition of excellence in medical education in northwest Louisiana. We are grateful for the education we received at LSUMC-S. Our contributions acknowledge the hundreds of faculty who have dedicated their careers to medical education. In addition, we honor the commitment to education instilled in us by our parents – Dr. Brad and Kay McPherson and Dr. Jack and Mary Lou Cassingham – all educators. As economic challenges mount, it is our hope that these professorships will enrich medical education in northwest Louisiana for generations to come.”

-Scott Cassingham and Pamela McPherson

“His name embodies what you want to see in medical education.” It was for this reason that Drs. James and Karen Small established the Dr. David Desha Endowment for Medical Education at LSU Health Shreveport in 2012.

Shane Sumlin and his family asked themselves what they could do at a point in time to help others, and today they are able to both share their story and pay it forward.

In 2011, Shane became paralyzed from Guillain-Barré syndrome – an extremely rare disorder in which the body’s immune system attacks its nervous system. The prognosis was not good and he was wheelchair-bound with a daunting path ahead. Then Shane found the rehabilitation clinic in the School of Allied Health Professions at LSU Health Shreveport. Three and a half years later, the progress is amazing.