LSU Health Shreveport faculty honored with Inaugural Professorships

Two new endowments and two new scholarships at LSU Health Shreveport were made possible by many generous private gifts, as well as matching dollars from the Louisiana Board of Regents through its Endowed Professorship and Endowed Superior Graduate Student Scholarship Support Fund.

A total of $120,000 was provided from these funds, which provide direct support to faculty and students. The two new professorships are the Tilakram and Bhagwanti Devi Distinguished Professorship in Cleft Lip and Palate Surgery and Training and the Alice Coleman Endowed Professorship in Pediatric Rheumatology.

Dr. Umer

The Devi Distinguished Professorship was fully funded in 2017 through a gift from the Sham L. Gupta family. Several members of the Gupta family are graduates of the LSU Health Shreveport School of Medicine, and they gave their gift in appreciation for their educational experience and in memory of Sham Gupta’s parents.

The inaugural Devi Distinguished Professor is Dr. Jennifer Woerner, Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, the Residency Program Director, and the Fellowship Director of the Craniofacial and Cleft Surgery program. The Alice Coleman Endowed Professorship in Pediatric Rheumatology was created in honor of Alice Coleman, a business leader who was active in property management and downtown Shreveport real estate development for many years. Alice suffered from rheumatoid arthritis, and the professorship supports the work of a Pediatric RheumatologistThe inaugural Coleman Professor is Dr. Sarwat Umer, Associate Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics, the Director of the Pediatric Rheumatology Clinic and the Associate Program Director of the Rheumatology Fellowship. 

Scholarships Created By and In Honor of LSU Health Shreveport Alumni

Hargon Scholarship

Through many generous donations in honor of a beloved Shreveport doctor, the Charles G. Hargon, Jr. MD Memorial Scholarship for Medical Students was created to help cover the cost of tuition for a medical student who displays outstanding moral character and dedication to serving their community, and provide them with the opportunity and encouragement to practice medicine in Louisiana.

Cindy Martin and parents

Dr. Cindy Martin, a graduate of the LSU School of Medicine in Shreveport, provided the initial gift to create the Sandra and Jerry Martin Endowed Scholarship for Medical Students.Dr. Martin’s wish was to support LSU Health Shreveport; honor her parents Sandra and Jerry, who are educators in the small town of Ashland, Louisiana; and inspire future generations of young people from small towns like Ashland in North Louisiana to pursue a career in medicine.

The Sandra and Jerry Martin Endowed Scholarship for Medical Students provide the School of Medicine Admissions Committee with the tools needed to compete with other medical schools and recruit top students to Shreveport.