SHREVEPORT – Today, LSU President F. King Alexander announced G. E. Ghali, MD, DDS, as the LSU Health Shreveport interim chancellor. Victor Yick, a seasoned health care management professional nationally and internationally, will serve in a strategic advisory position for LSU Health Shreveport.
According to Alexander, the extended deliberations on the positions were necessary to find the best combination of medical and financial talents, while managing the impending cuts in state general funds. Ghali has tremendous academic credentials and respect in the community, while Yick brings extensive financial and operational expertise, Alexander said.
Ghali and Yick will work to secure LSU Health’s financial stability. Yick will also be tasked with developing a long-term clinical growth plan that will increase revenue opportunities to support the mission of LSU Health Shreveport.
Ghali said, “I appreciate the trust the Board of Supervisors and President Alexander have in me to lead the center during this difficult time, and I will do my utmost to build a high-quality, vibrant academic medical center.”
Ghali will begin serving in the role immediately.
“I look forward to working with Dr. Ghali and the staff in Shreveport and Monroe. I think we have an excellent opportunity to do something special for the community,” Yick said.
Ghali is the senior partner in WK Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Institute. He is also professor and chairman of the Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery at LSU Health Shreveport Health Sciences Center, where he holds the Jack W. Gamble Chair in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery and is director of the cleft and craniofacial surgery fellowship program.
Graduating with degrees in medicine (LSU School of Medicine, Shreveport) and dentistry (Baylor College of Dentistry, Dallas), he served an internship in general surgery at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Parkland Memorial Hospital, Dallas and an oral and maxillofacial surgery residency at the same institution. He held a fellowship in head and neck oncologic surgery at Oregon Health Sciences University, Legacy Emanuel Hospital in Portland. Ghali and his wife, Hope, have four children.
Yick has extensive healthcare experience at several academic medical centers including SUNY Stony Brook Medical Center, Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York, Boston’s Brigham & Women’s Hospital associated with Harvard Medical School, and the University of California San Francisco. Yick has previously served as project manager for the development of the Dubai University Medical Center, and president of the Cardiovascular Research Foundation.
Alexander reiterated that LSU Health Shreveport is not just about Shreveport or Monroe; it is a center of excellence for all of Louisiana providing physicians and health professionals that serve in every community in our state as well as providing the very best care possible.
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