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Lane R. Rosen, M.D.

Lane Rosen

"I am in the most rewarding field of medicine," said Lane Rosen, M.D. "As a radiation oncologist, I get the privilege of working daily with cancer patients, with the goals of providing cure, prolonged life and comfort."

Lane received the 2016 LSUS Distinguished Alumni Award, the highest award given by the Alumni Association. This award honors graduates who are leaders in our community, region and nation, and who have made significant contributions to LSUS.

A Shreveport native, Lane attended the University of Texas at Austin for three years before returning to Shreveport and graduating from LSUS  with a BS in Biology in 1989. He counsels college students to "start with a light load until a routine and good study habits are developed."

During his time at LSUS, he said he received an excellent education and personal support from caring professors who laid the groundwork for his years in medical school. He fondly remembers faculty members such as Dr. Stephen Lynch and Dr. Cran Lucas, who enjoyed teaching and who cared that students learned and not just sat in class. Rosen attended LSU Medical School in Shreveport where he twice served as SGA President. During medical school, Lane was appointed by Governor Buddy Roemer to the LSU Board of Supervisors, and later by Governor Edwin Edwards to the State of Louisiana Board of Regents. Also during medical school, he received the Patty Van Hook Memorial Award for Outstanding Leadership in Medicine. From 1996-1997 he attended a residency in radiation oncology at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. where he served as Chief Resident.

After returning home in 1997, Lane was named Medical Director of the growing Willis-Knighton Oncology Department. During his subsequent 19-year directorship, he has overseen the department's transformation from a local to a national - and now international - leader in advanced cancer care. Rosen is currently Medical Director, Radiation Oncology, Willis-Knighton Health System. With the support of his excellent team at Willis-Knighton, Rosen has pioneered advanced radiation oncology technologies. He was the first physician in the world to deliver TomoTherapy Body Radiosurgery and the first oncologist to ever treat a patient with Image-Guided Intensity Modulated Proton Therapy on a compact proton unit. He is involved in numerous education endeavors with medical students and fellows, and visiting physicians. He and his group have welcomed visitors from around the world who are interested in Proton Therapy, TomoTherapy, and Brachytherapy.

Lane is also an Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine through Feist-Weiller Cancer Center and the Department of Gynecology and Radiology at LSU Medical Center in Shreveport, and serves on the admissions committee. He was inducted into Alpha Omega Alpha for his accomplishments.

Other honors include the 2003 American Cancer Society Cancer Awareness Award, 2005 P.R.I.D.E Award from the Shreveport- Bossier Tourist Bureau, the Susan G. Komen Local Hero Award, a 2009 LSUS Alumni Association Circle of Excellence Award, and numerous selections as a Top Physician in Shreveport and Louisiana through SB Magazine and Louisiana Life Magazine. He has served on the Northwest Louisiana Jewish Federation Board, the LSUS Alumni Board, the B'nai Zion Congregation Board, the Independence Bowl Foundation Board, the American Cancer Society Leadership Advisory Committee, the LSUS Foundation, and the Caddo-Bossier Cancer Foundation League.

Lane said his toughest professional challenge has been separating his personal and professional life. "Maintaining emotional boundaries is difficult when dealing with the tribulations of cancer patients," said Rosen. 

Lane is married to Maurie Patterson Rosen, M.D., a practicing internal medicine physician at Willis-Knighton Pierremont. They have three highly-accomplished children, Yale, Harrison and Taylor.