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This Month in Our History

This Month in our History
To learn about other interesting events that occurred this month, visit the Medical Library and see the entire exhibit located by the elevators on the first floor.

February 25, 1968

138 Appointed to the Medical School Part-Time Faculty

Dean Edgar Hull announced the appointment of 138 part-time faculty members to the LSU School of Medicine in Shreveport. Among the faculty members, seven were transfers from the LSU Medical School in New Orleans, and 62 transferred from the LSU Postgraduate Faculty of Medicine at the Confederate Memorial Medical Center in Shreveport. These dedicated men and women contributed their time and expertise, without compensation, to ensure the success of the fledgling medical school.

February 3, 1978

LSU Medical Center Named Transplant Center by HEW

Dr. McDonald and his transplant team successfully performed thirteen kidney transplants by early 1978, which led to the LSU Medical Center’s designation as a kidney transplant center by the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare (HEW). One of only 100 such centers in the United States, the LSU Medical Center in Shreveport was the only Louisiana institution capable of performing all end stage renal disease activities in-house. By late 1979, 65 kidney transplants had taken place with an 80% success rate.

February 18, 1994

Biomedical Research Institute Formally Dedicated

The ten-story, 160,000 square foot Biomedical Research Institute, adjacent to the LSU Medical Center, was financed through a $48 million public-private partnership. Eight floors of the new facility housed core research laboratories, with a PET imaging center and cyclotron on the ground floor. Three main areas of research concentration were cardiovascular diseases, neurobiology, and molecular biology. The project’s most active supporter was Virginia K. Shehee, president of the Biomedical Research Foundation of Northwest Louisiana. Keynote speaker for the dedication was U.S. Senator J. Bennett Johnston, Jr., who spearheaded the federal funding efforts. A rededication ceremony on October 23, 1996 celebrated the Institute’s new name - Virginia K. Shehee Biomedical Research Institute.