Thousands sign petition to reinstate Dr. Nanda

World-renowned Chief of Neurosurgery at LSUHSC ousted after 27 years

SHREVEPORT, La. - More than 9,000 people have signed a petition to reinstate Dr. Anil Nanda, former chairman of the Neurosurgery Department at LSU Health Sciences Center in Shreveport.

Dr. G.E. Ghali, chancellor at LSUHSC, on Oct. 4 notified the Neurosurgery Department that Nanda had been removed as chairman of the department. sent a letter to Nanda stating the university wished to move in a “different direction.”

The doctors and employees of the department immediately shifted into gear and fired off a letter to the LSU Board of Supervisors, claiming Ghali’s move was personal.

”Our entire department feels that Dr. Ghali’s decision to remove Dr. Nanda as the Chairman of our department is a personal attack on a man who has dedicated his career to LSUHSC-Shreveport and the education of students and residents,” the letter stated.

It was signed by Drs. Donald Smith, Anthony Sin, Christina Notarianni, Bharat Guthikoinda, Hugo Cuellar-Saenz and Hai Sun, as well as 49 employees in the department.

Then, on Oct. 6, an online petition to reinstate Nanda was begun on, and in only five days, less than 1,300 signatures are needed to achieve the goal of 10,000.  

The petition, which calls the decision to remove Nanda “rash,” states his removal will “negatively impact patients, the community, employees and the neurosurgical residency program.”

A reprint of the letter written by the doctors in the Neurosurgery Department, the petition outlines Nanda’s career since he was recruited in 1990 by then LSUHSC Shreveport Chancellor John McDonald. 

In his 27 years at the helm of the department, the letter states that Nanda built the Gamma Knife Radiosurgery program and the Neuroendovascular program, and began a neurosurgical training program that has more than doubled the resident applicant pool.

In addition, the letter says, Nanda has written two Neurosurgical texbooks, has more than 440 peer-reviewed publications and written chapters in 25 books.

The letter also points out that Nanda and his wife, Laura, have been involved in and supported a number of philanthropic efforts in the Shreveport-Bossier community that includes the Shreveport Symphony, Shreveport Regional Arts Council and ThinkFirst.

Many of those signing the petition wrote a sentence or two regarding their personal experience with Nanda – tales of lives saved and health restored, some from actual patients, others from families and friends of patients.

But also there were signatures and stories from those whose loved ones did not have a good outcome, yet praised Nanda for his compassion, understanding and honesty when dealing with life’s most difficult issues.

When the 10,000 goal is met, the signed petition, along with its comments, will be delivered to LSU President F. King Alexander; Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards; and Ghali.  

To view the petition, go to



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