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Board of Regents Approve Funding for the Dr. Donald Smith Endowed Chair
Published Monday, June 25, 2012 7:00 pm

 The Louisiana Board of Regents has approved funding for a $1 million endowed chair and two $100,000 professorships at LSU Health Shreveport.

The Chair recognizes Dr. Donald Smith, who established the first Neurosurgical Service at the university in 1977, while still in private practice. He joined the university faculty full time in 1996 and helped develop the residency training program.

Dr. Smith and his wife, Kathryn, made a $600,000 gift to the university in 2009 to create an endowment for research on spinal treatment. That program was selected by the Board of Regents for their highly-competitive endowed chairs program, which provides a 40% match to a private gift to create the endowment.

The $1 million chair created by this endowment will be used to develop a program for comparison studies and follow up of patients diagnosed with various disorders of the spine to help determine the most effective treatments.

Dr. Smith is a retired member of the U.S. Air Force Reserves, where he held the rank of Colonel. He completed his neurosurgical training in the military at Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington, DC. His military serviced also included tours in Vietnam and Desert Storm.

Prior to entering private practice, he served on the faculty at George Washington University Hospital in Washington, DC. He has served as president of the Shreveport Medical Society as well as president of the Willis-Knighton Medical Staff. He earned a Master's Degree in Health Care Administration from Trinity University.

The Smiths have five children. Three sons are practicing physicians.

Original article posted here. http://www.lsuhscshreveport.edu/News/LSUNews/Board_of_Regents_Approve_Funding_for_Endowed_Chair_551.aspx

For more information, please contact Lindsey Hudson at 318.675.5392.

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