Willis-Knighton, LSU Health announce change in joint surgical operations
SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -
Three surgeons who participated in a joint internal transplant operation between Willis-Knighton and LSU Health will become full-time staff members at Willis-Knighton, the hospitals announced Thursday.
The move, which becomes effective on January 1, calls for the surgeons to be faculty members at LSU while maintaining surgical operations at Willis-Knighton.
KSLA has yet to receive word about how this change will affect patients who can't pay. Willis-Knighton is a private hospital and LSU is public.
Officials emphasized in their announcement that the change is not associated with recent budget cuts at LSU hospitals resulting from a federal reduction in Medicaid matching money to the State of Louisiana.
Drs. Hosein Shokouh-Amiri and Gazi Zibari will remain on the faculty at LSU Health as gratis clinical professors. Dr. Donnie Aultman will continue as an associate clinical professor.
The transplant center has operated out of Willis-Knighton since it opened in 1989. Over its 23 years, the physicians have performed more than 1,300 organ transplants.
"The program will continue at Willis-Knighton Medical Center, and we will continue to heavily rely on LSU Health Shreveport for many of the components of the program, just as we have in the past," says Steve Randall, senior vice president of Willis-Knighton Health System.