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Jon L. Cheek, MD

Jon Cheek, LSUS Alum

Hiking in the Montana mountains

Volcano surfing down the still-active Cerro Negro in Nicaragua

What I do now:
I am a Board-certified anesthesiologist and Partner with South Shreveport Anesthesiology Services. I affiliate with Willis-Knighton Medical Center. A good portion of my work involves anesthesia for labor & delivery and C-sections.

Jon L. Cheek, MD

My work/job consists of:
Putting people to sleep, but more importantly waking them back up. Also making sure the laboring woman is comfortable via an epidural, so she doesn't want to castrate the man responsible for her condition.

How I got to LSUS (or why I chose LSUS):
I chose LSUS for three reasons: the reputation of its pre-med program, the offer of a full scholarship, and the economics/cost.

Fond Memories of LSUS:
Spring Fling and Intramural Sports. I have continued my love of sports through golf, hiking, obstacle course racing and volcano surfing. I've also served on the Alumni Association Golf Committee for the past seven years.

The pink flamingo golf shirt

LSUS faculty who helped me:
Too many to name. Class sizes were small, especially by my junior and senior year. I felt like I was getting individual attention from all my professors.

How LSUS helped me succeed:
It gave me a solid foundation to be able to continue on through medical school. In turn, I wanted to see others succeed, so I took a student's idea several years ago and with help created the LSUS Alumni Medical Mentoring Program. Most of the doctors, dentists and vets who participate are LSUS alums. We provide mentoring, internships and support to LSUS students in the AED and MAPS pre-medical student organizations.

Advice to college-bound students:
You need to quickly learn to balance study time with play time. The temptation upon entering college is to play too much because you now have more freedom than you've ever experienced.

Advice to someone who wants to enter my field:
Don't - without serious consideration. Medicine has to be viewed as a religious calling because the personal sacrifices are great.

Tips on choosing a major or career:
Look at what you like to do or someone you admire. See if your talents match up with a certain major or career.

My toughest professional challenge:
Remembering that patients are people and not just medical cases.

My toughest personal challenge:
To be the man my dog thinks I am.

Successes (honors, awards, etc.) in my life:
Whenever those I work with ask me to take care of them - or at least they don't run away screaming, "Dear God, not you!" when I walk into the room.

I've learned this from life:
It doesn't matter where they are from, people are all basically the same. They all want a job they enjoy, to provide for their families, and to leave the world better than they found it. Since 1994, I've worked with various Baptist organizations on medical mission trips to help others in Mexico, Cuba, China, Cambodia, India and Nicaragua.

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