MD, FAANS, FACS
Mary Louise and Ben Levy Endowed Professor in Neurosurgery
Chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery
Dr. Willis first joined the University Neurosurgery in 1992 specializing in general neurosurgery, including craniocerebral trauma, brain tumors, hydrocephalus, degenerative disease of the spine, and microsurgical techniques. He had additional training in pediatric and stereotactic neurosurgery.
He graduated from LSU School of Medicine in Shreveport in 1982 and completed his neurosurgical residency at the University of Utah in 1989. After three years on faculty at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine, he returned home to Shreveport to join the Department of Neurosurgery faculty at LSU Health where he trained students and residents for 21 years, rising to the clinical rank of professor.
In 2013, he left LSU Health Shreveport to enter into private practice at Neurosurgical Associates of Texarkana. Upon his departure from LSU Health, he retained the position of Professor Emeritus of Neurosurgery. He returned in 2017 to accept the position of Interim Chairman of Neurosurgery.
Dr. Willis also served in the Medical Corps of the U.S. Navy Reserve with the rank of Commander from 2003 to 2012, and from 2004-2005, deployed to the Anbar Province in Iraq with the 1st Battalion/23rd Marines as their Battalion Surgeon.
Donald Smith, MD, FAANS
Dr. Donald Smith joined University Neurosurgery in 1996. For many years he proved to be the backbone of neurosurgical service in the area, establishing the first Neurosurgical Service at LSU Health Shreveport in 1977, while still in private practice. Prior to entering private practice, he served on the faculty at George Washington University Hospital in Washington, DC. He has served as president of the Shreveport Medical Society as well as president of the Willis-Knighton Medical Staff. He earned a Master’s Degree in Health Care Administration from Trinity University.
He is a retired member of the U.S. Air Force Reserves, where he held the rank of Colonel. He completed his neurosurgical training in the military at Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington, DC. His military serviced also included tours in Vietnam and Desert Storm.
- Spine Disorders
- Peripheral Nerves
- Gamma Knife
Bharat Guthikonda, MD, FAANS, FACS
Director of Skull Base Research
Dr. Guthikonda joined University Neurosurgery in 2007. He received a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from Cornell University, where he graduated Magna cum Laude and in the top three percent of his class. He received his professional training at Baylor College of Medicine.
He served as a fellow and instructor at the University of Cincinnati. He is the Director of the Department of Neurosurgery Division of Skull Base Surgery. Dr. Guthikonda taught a Minimally Invasive Cranial Microsurgery Course and Codman Cranial Training Course.
He has conducted extensive research in the use of radioactive substances in research, diagnosis, and treatment of brain tumors.
- Brain Aneurysms
- Brain Tumors
- Arteriovenous Malformations (AVMs)
Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery
Residency Program Director
Dr. Notarianni, a New Orleans native, attended Louisiana State University where she earned a bachelor of science in biochemistry. She subsequently attended Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in Shreveport, earning her medical degree in 2003. She went on to complete her neurosurgical residency Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in Shreveport. She then completed a pediatric neurosurgery fellowship at the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center in Memphis and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Her current clinical interests include hydrocephalus, craniofacial disorders, congenital malformations, pediatric head trauma and tumors.
Anthony Sin, MD, FAANS
Director of Complex Spinal Disorders
Dr. Anthony Sin joined University Neurosurgery in 2008 after completing his Neurosurgery Residency at LSU Health Shreveport and a spine fellowship at the University of Tennessee in Memphis. He has also completed a fellowship in Neurotrauma at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, an internship in Internal Medicine at Emory University, and an additional internship in General Surgery at the State University of New York in Stony Brook.
His clinical interests include minimally invasive spinal instrumentations and complex spinal disorders, including deformity corrections and spinal tumors.
- Spinal Cord Injuries and Fractures
- Degenerative Disc Disease
Hugo Cuellar, MD, PhD, DABR
Scotty and Larene Woodard Endowed Professor in Neurosurgery
Director of Neurointerventional Surgery
Dr. Cuellar completed his internship and residency at University of Nuevo Leon and fellowship training at LSUHSC-NO and Hospital Nuestra Senora del Rosario in Spain. He received his Master’s in Neuroscience from the University of Madrid and a PhD in Medicine (Neuroscience) from the University of Santiago de Compostela Santiago de Compostela, Spain. Prior to joining LSU Health Sciences Center, he worked for the Department of Endovascular Therapy at Hospital Nuestra Senora del Rosario in Madrid, Spain.
His clinical interests include Endovascular therapy in Cerebral and Spinal vascular malformations, brain aneurysms, stroke, brain, head, and neck tumors, as well as an interest in Percutaneous treatment of lumbago.
- Neurointerventional Surgery
- Brain Aneurysms
MD, PhD, FAANS
Director of Epilepsy Surgery
Dr. Sun joined University Neurosurgery 2015. Born in China, Dr. Sun came to the U.S. in 1994 and enrolled at St. John’s College in Annapolis, Maryland. He then went on to obtain a combined MD-PhD degree from Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. His PhD is in biomedical engineering, and his PhD research sparked his interested in neurosurgery. He completed his neurosurgery residency at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, Oregon. He then completed fellowship training in Epilepsy Surgery at University of Washington in Seattle and in Skull Base and Cerebrovascular Surgery at Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, Arizona.
- Brain Tumors
- Brain Aneurysms