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LSUHSC's Hollier one of few ever awarded coveted national lectureship
Date:6/26/2013

New Orleans, LA Dr. Larry H. Hollier, Chancellor of LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans, has joined Dr. Michael DeBakey and other icons in the field of vascular surgery who have been awarded the John Homans, MD Lecture. Named for a charter member of the Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS), the lecture was established in 1950 at the fourth annual SVS meeting. The John Homans, MD Lecture was to be presented "from time to time by distinguished vascular surgeons." The first John Homans, MD Lecture was presented in 1951. The Society is very selective in awarding this distinction, and very few vascular surgeons have received it. In the 63 years since the establishment of the Homans Lecture, there have only been nine. Dr. Hollier presented the Homans Lecture at the 2013 Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) Annual Meeting in San Francisco, the only one in the past 18 years. The last Homans Lecture was awarded in 1995, to one of Dr. Hollier's mentors.

Dr. Hollier, who in addition to his duties as chancellor continues to practice vascular and endovascular surgery, chose to highlight multiple organ dysfunction syndrome (MODS). A condition not well enough understood, MODS is one of the most common causes of death in surgical intensive care units. MODS begins when injuries such as trauma, cardiac arrest, burns, massive infection, or shock block blood flow and set off a cascade of events resulting in too little oxygen in tissues. Uncorrected, it can progress as the body responds with chemicals unleashing exaggerated inflammation generating oxygen-free radicals that damage tissue, eventually leading to organ dysfunction and death.

While there is some research experience, in the clinical arena there has universally not been a treatment that reverses the multiple organ dysfunction syndrome. Early diagnosis and prompt treatment is of utmost importance to increase oxygen delivery as soon as possible. High-dose hyperbaric oxygen therapy has been shown to effe
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Contact: Leslie Capo
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504-568-4806
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center
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