Jessica Wilden, MD, neurosurgeon with Tri-State Neurosurgery, has performed a unique MRI-guided Visualase® laser ablation on a patient diagnosed with a brain tumor. The patient, a 57-year-old man, had a symptomatic tumor in the temporal lobe of the brain, near the brain stem. The location of the tumor made it difficult and dangerous to resect during open brain surgery.
The Willis-Knighton Cancer Center has received an award for Excellence in Helping to Prevent Cancer given by the Mid-South Division of the American Cancer Society. Nominations were taken from cancer centers throughout the division, which includes those in the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee.
Christopher Kyle Yonnes is the first baby of the new year in Shreveport-Bossier. The baby was born on January 1, 2017, at 12:38 a.m. He is the son of Sierra Madrigal and Brandon Yonnes of Bossier City. Chris, as he will be called, weighs 6 pounds, 15 ounces, and is 19.1 inches long. He was delivered by Dr. Gregory Blanton.
Willis-Knighton Health System has successfully performed its first endovascular mechanical thrombectomy, treating a patient with an acute ischemic stroke. This was the first time the procedure had been performed at Willis-Knighton.
The Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) International has renewed the accreditation of Willis-Knighton Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Institute for a three-year cycle. The accreditation covers both inpatient and outpatient medical rehabilitation programs offered by Willis-Knighton.
Edwin H. “Sonny” Byrd, Jr., MD, and Warren C. West, Jr., MD, have joined Paul G. Crawford, MD, FACOG, and Charles F. Sale, MD, FACOG, at Pierremont Women’s Clinic. The practice is located in the WK Pierremont Health Center Medical Office Building at 8001 Youree Drive in Shreveport, Suite 300.
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Rosie Mike, who passed away in 2005, worked in Willis-Knighton’s Nutritional Services Department for 34 years. She helped raise her nephew, Elliott, who also worked part-time at Willis-Knighton as a teen. With the support of Willis-Knighton and CEO James K. Elrod, he elected for a career in the U.S. Coast Guard and focused on health services.
Willis-Knighton Health System employees have been cited for top fundraising efforts during the fall Heart Walk on October 8. According to Laura Pfender, regional director for the American Heart Association, Willis-Knighton staff raised $21,916.
Cancer experts from Willis-Knighton Cancer Center have been featured in several national venues this fall. In September Lane R. Rosen, MD, director of radiation oncology, presented at the American Society for Radiation Oncology annual meeting in Boston.
Persistent floaters in the eye have been a problem that was tricky for doctors to address. Floaters appear as shapes, a dot, string or cobweb across a person’s field of vision and move around quickly. They are generally caused when the vitreous, the gel substance in the eye, begins to shrink. Floaters are more common in people who are nearsighted, who have diabetes or who have had cataract surgery; however, they can also occur in younger patients. For some people, floaters are so prevalent that they are distracting and inhibit the ability to engage in work or have a normal lifestyle.
Julie Cupp, MD, has joined the Willis-Knighton Physician Network and established Willis-Knighton Breast Health and Surgical Specialists at 7843 Youree Drive in Shreveport. The office is located next to the WK Breast Health Center at WK Portico Center.
On September 9, 2014, Willis-Knighton began a new era of cancer care, treating its first patient at the WK Proton Therapy Center. Last month, the center marked another milestone, treating its 200th patient with protons.
Ryan Master, M.D., M.S. has joined Pierremont Cardiology, located in the WK Pierremont Medical Arts Building, 1811 East Bert Kouns Industrial Loop, Suite 210, in Shreveport.
Minh Q. Tran, M.D., a pediatric intensive care specialist, has joined Giao N. Do, MD, to provide intensive care services to children in the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) at Willis-Knighton South & the Center for Women’s Health.
Amanda H. Bunton, MD, has joined Women’s Health Clinic located in Suite 201 of the Physicians Center on the campus of Willis-Knighton South & the Center for Women’s Health. Other physicians in the clinic include Frederick J. Kinder, MD; Gregory M. Phillips, MD; Lauren H. Runnels, MD, and Ashley M. Hirsch, MD.
Danielle G. Raley, MD, has joined Jason K. Milligan, MD, and Clint N. Wilson, MD, at Family Medicine Associates in the WK Bossier Medical Pavilion at 2449 Hospital Drive, Suite 420, in Bossier City.
Emily G. Womack, M.D., is the newest physician partner at Women’s Health Associates located at in the medical office building section of WK Bossier Health Center in Bossier City. She joins John R. Carter, MD; K. Leslie Dean, MD; Glenda Johnson, MD; Gina M. Gomez, MD, and Rodney A. Armand, MD, in the practice of obstetrics and gynecology.
Willis-Knighton Cancer Center has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in radiation oncology following a review by the American College of Radiology (ACR). Radiation oncology (radiation therapy) is the careful use of high-energy radiation to treat cancer. A radiation oncologist may use radiation to cure cancer or to relieve a cancer patient’s pain.
David Hirsch, MD, MBA, has joined John G. Noles, M.D. at Spine & Pain Specialists, with locations at WK Bossier Health Center and WK Pierremont Health Center.
Jessica Wilden, M.D. has joined the Willis-Knighton Physician Network and established Tri-State Neurosurgery at 2551 Greenwood Road, Suite 320, in Shreveport.
Earlier in 2016 Willis-Knighton Health System purchased two Elekta Versa HD linear accelerators as part of the Willis-Knighton Cancer Center’s continuing technology upgrades. The first of the accelerators has been installed, and patients are currently being treated using this advanced linear accelerator technology.
Willis-Knighton Cancer Center will recognize cancer survivors on National Cancer Survivors Day Sunday, June 5, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the center, 2600 Kings Highway in Shreveport.
Willis-Knighton Health System recognized 62 high school graduates as part of its Give Back program.
Each year WK Sports Medicine offers free physical exams for high school athletes and eighth-grade student athletes entering high school in the fall. These exams were provided by 20 doctors from Willis-Knighton Health System and LSU Health Shreveport as well as 15 physical therapists, 10 athletic trainers and students from the Physical Therapy Assistant program at Bossier Parish Community College.