LSU Health Shreveport announces new chair in Neurology, return of Dermatology

By Nikki Henderson |

Published 05/16 2014 03:07PM

Updated 05/16 2014 03:16PM

Alireza Minagar, MD, who joined the LSU Health Shreveport neurology faculty as an assistant professor in 2001, has been selected as the new chairman of the Department of Neurology.  Dr. Minagar replaces Dr. Robert Schwendimann, who has served as interim chairman for four years.

Patrick R Carrington, MD, has returned to the School of Medicine faculty as a professor and section chief of dermatology.

More information on both is below.

New Neurology Chair Will Work to Develop Stroke Center

Trained and board certified in neurology, vascular neurology,  neuro-immunology, headache medicine, behavioral neurology, and neuroimaging, Dr. Alireza Minagar hopes to enhance the medical center’s capabilities by working towards the development of a  certified primary stroke center. This would include recruiting additional neurologists who specialize in stroke care, establishing standardized treatment protocols, and training a stroke team to provide state-of-the-art care efficiently. His hope is that the stroke center will be a hub for stroke treatment in Northwest Louisiana and beyond.

“Louisiana is in the Stroke Belt,” Dr. Minagar explained. “We see on a daily basis the lethal or devastating effects of stroke on the citizens in our community. This will be a great service to the public.”

Dr. Minagar said the area is also in need of more pediatric neurologists to care for children with neurological diseases such as epilepsy, cerebral palsy, metabolic brain diseases, and pediatric nervous system cancers.  He hopes to focus some of his recruitment efforts on that area and to make the health sciences center a regional hub of excellence for patient management and neuroscience research.

Dr. Minagar completed residency and fellowship training at the University of Miami. Along with his certification in vascular neurology, he has advanced training in the treatment of multiple sclerosis, is a certified principal research investigator (CPI), and actively engages in research.  He has also and authored and edited numerous neuroscience books and journal articles. 

Patrick R Carrington, MD Leads Busy Dermatology Program

Local medical students who have an interest in the field of dermatology now have a mentor on the faculty of the School of Medicine. Patrick R. Carrington, MD, who completed his medical degree and internship at LSUHSC-S then returned for a short stint as a member of the faculty, is back as Division Chief of Dermatology. With a shortage of dermatologists in the US, it is the first time in seven years that the medical center has had a board certified dermatologist on staff to teach and treat patients.

Dr. Carrington’s first priority is to take care of the patient backlog in the University Health clinics. But teaching is his first love, so he’ll be glad to get back into that routine after several years in private practice in Denver.  He also welcomes the clinical challenges. “The hard cases keep me going,” he explained.

Between his medical school graduation in 1977 and his return in February, Dr. Carrington was Professor of Dermatology at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and served as Chief of Dermatology Services at the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System before moving to Denver March 2008.

He completed post-graduate training, including a transitional internship in 1978, followed by 18 months of anatomic pathology at what was then Confederate Memorial Medical Center.  The training included a heavy emphasis on dermatopathology.

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