School of Medicine

Department of Neurosurgery

Donate to the Department of Neurosurgery

Gifts and donations may be sent to:

Frank Culicchia, MD
c/o Wendy Roark
LSU Health Sciences Center
Neurosurgery Department
2020 Gravier Street
Room 747
New Orleans, LA 70112


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Giving Opportunities

Join the The Foundation for the LSU Health Sciences Center
The foundation of philanthropic support at LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans.

Memorial Gifts - Donations to the LSU Department of Neurosurgery in the name of a loved one or friend  furthers our work against brain tumors.  We will send an acknowledgement to the family or individuals you designate. Please be sure to include the full mailing address of the individual who should receive our  note of appreciation.

Matching Gifts  -  Many employers will match any charitable contributions made by their employees. To find out if your company has a matching gift policy, please click here for a searchable database:

Gift of Stock - How to make a gift of stock.

Establish an Endowment - Make a gift that keeps on giving in your name.

Consider a Planned Gift - Remember LSU Department of Neurosurgery in your will, trust, or other plan for the future.

In-kind Gifts - Donations of tangible personal property or equipment.

Home is where your health is.

There's no place like home, especially when you or a loved one is battling an illness as serious as brain cancer.   The LSU Department of Neurosurgery is committed to providing our community and region with superior medical care so our patients can enjoy the comforts of home as they receive treatment.Our clinical faculty are leaders committed to providing innovative patient care and training the neurosurgeons of the future. This commitment is based upon the recognition that our patients have entrusted their health and lives to our care.

Our patients can attest to our dedication to their care.You can help us follow our mission of superior patient care, research to improve patient care and outcome, and the education of residents and medical students by donating to the LSU Department of Neurosurgery. Your gift, no matter the size, supports  the work we do each day to bring the very best in care to our patients, search for cures for their illness, and train the physicians of tomorrow.

Department/Resident Education Fund
This fund provides resources for the Neurosurgery Department faculty, research staff support, and residents. It will allow the department to purchase research equipment needed to facilitate new research initiatives. It will also provide direct assistance to the residents and aid in the purchase of surgical loupes, i-pads, and basic Neurosurgery textbooks and e-books. In addition, this fund is utilized towards costs associated with sending residents to educational courses as well as attendance at the annual society meetings.

David G. Kline, MD Endowed Chair in Peripheral Nerve Repair and Regeneration 

In 1967, David G. Kline, MD became the founding Chairman of the LSUHSC Neurosurgery Department establishing international recognition for the department for the training of neurosurgical residents, research, and clinical care. He remained Chairman of the Neurosurgery Department until he stepped down in 2006. The David G. Kline, M.D. Endowed Chair was created to honor Dr. Kline's lifetime of achievements. This fund will allow the Neurosurgery Department to carry on his legacy by attracting an outstanding clinician/researcher to the chair and to continue Dr. Kline's important work in the area of clinical and experimental peripheral nerve injuries, entrapments and tumors.

Joseph Nadell Pediatric Chair
Joseph Nadell, MD was a devoted neurosurgeon known for his outstanding contributions to the field of Pediatric Neurosurgery. He was the second doctor to complete his residency training in Neurosurgery at Louisiana State University Department of Neurosurgery in 1973. During his medical career, he practiced at both Tulane and LSUHSC where he cared for countless patients and mentored many of today's great doctors. Dr. Nadell served as Director of Pediatric Neurosurgical Education at Children's Hospital prior to his retirement in 2013 .The Nadell Pediatric Chair was created in honor of Dr. Nadell; in recognition of leading and advancing the neurosurgical care of children in Louisiana. This fund will allow the Neurosurgery Department to carry on his legacy of excellence in pediatric neurosurgery by promoting advancements in pediatric neurosurgical research and treatment.

Kelsey Bradley Favrot Neuro-Oncology Chair
This fund will allow the Neurosurgery Department to recruit and retain a highly specialized Medical Neuro-Oncologist who can offer the latest treatments for brain cancer in the region. The Neuro-Oncologist who fills this chair will primarily focus their work in a clinical setting, but will also focus on developing both partnerships and clinical trials to aid in the treatment and research of brain tumors. The chair was established in honor of Kelsey Bradley Favrot who lost her battle with brain cancer in August of 2009.

Lee Happel Lectureship 

Lee Happel, PhD has devoted over 40 years of service to those training in the Departments of Neurosurgery and Neurology. Lee remains passionate about medical education as evidenced by his continued residency supervision. To honor Lee and all of his contributions, an annual lectureship has been established in his name. Each year, an expert in the field of Neurophysiology is invited as a Visiting Professor to the LSU Health Sciences Center to present a lecture providing the faculty, residents and research staff cutting edge information in the field of Neurophysiology.

Raymond Dahl Lectureship
Raymond Dahl, MD trained as a resident in the LSU Neurosurgery program. He is remembered as a compassionate leader, loved by all who had the honor to work with him. Following his untimely death, the department established a lectureship in his memory. Funds from this lectureship are used to support the invitation of an eminent scholar in Neurosurgery to hold an educational conference with the residents and deliver a presentation of his/her research/ clinical experience.

Skull Base Laboratory
The department holds a monthly skull base course for residents where a surgical approach is presented by the faculty and followed by a cadaver demonstration. This fund will provide resources to ensure continuous education for the residents.

Spinal Biomechanical Lab
The Spinal Biomechanical Lab is a state of the art facility that houses the MTS 858 Mini Bionix II.  This material testing machine is equipped with six degrees of freedom, including two axial bending gimbals, designed to allow for a more natural application of bending forces to simulate real world situations, such as repetitive bending and lifting of loads. This fund will allow the lab to not only provide continuous cutting edge research, but also to be a practical educational resource.

Brain Tumor Initiative
Our goal is to raise $5 million for a center for treatment and research of brain tumors. This endowment will support ongoing research in the cancer center and allow us to increase the center's research effort and add more researchers to the staff.

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