Dr. Chesson, a neurologist, announced his retirement Friday after spending more than 35 years at the health sciences center.
Dr. Chesson has served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs for 15 years and Acting Chancellor and Dean for one year. He was the first to hold the separate title of Dean of the School of Medicine under the Chancellor/Dean organizational structure.
A nationally-recognized expert in sleep medicine, Dr. Chesson developed the LSUHSC-S Sleep Disorder Center, the first and longest continuously certified sleep disorder center in Louisiana and a model for other centers nationwide.
Dr. Chesson, who as a founding member of the Louisiana Sleep Society, served as president of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and, in 2007, received their Distinguished Service Award.
LSU Health Sciences Center at Shreveport Chancellor Dr. Robert Barish said, "Dr. Chesson has been instrumental in the growth and excellence of our academic and clinical missions and brought distinction to our campus through his national recognition in the field of sleep medicine."
Meanwhile, Dr. John Marymont, who has been working closely with Dr. Chesson over the past several months, will serve as Interim Dean. He is currently Chief of Orthopedic Surgery.
Dr. Marymont is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Northwestern University in Illinois. He received his M.D. from Vanderbilt Medical School and completed his orthopedic residency at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.
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