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Mid Louisiana Surgical Specialists
3311 Prescott Rd Ste 201
Alexandria, LA 71301

Phone : 318-442-6767
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About Our Team

The bariatric surgeons and staff here at Mid-Louisiana Surgical Specialists are dedicated to promoting disease resolution through weight loss in the most comfortable and safe environment possible. We are dedicated to making your journey through the weight loss process an easy one, and we'll guide you through the process step-by-step. Our team is comprised of world-class bariatric surgeons, highly trained nurses and assistants and an exceptional office staff that will make the process as easy as possible for you.



Dr. James Parrish, FACS

Medical Director of Bariatric Surgery


Bariatric Surgery
Summary of Qualifications

  • President Louisiana Chapter of American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery
  • Medical Director of Bariatric Surgery, Christus St. Francis Cabrini Hospital
  • Founding Medical Director of Bariatric Surgery Central Louisiana Surgical Hospital 2012-Present
  • Experience with minimally invasive bariatric surgery since 1996
  • 18 years experience with minimally invasive abdominal surgery
  • Board Certified in Surgery
  • Fellow of the American College of Surgeons
  • Member of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery


Education

  • 1988-1992 Emory University, Atlanta
  • 1992-1996 Louisiana State
    University School of Medicine in
    New Orleans – Honors Program
  • 1996-2001 Louisiana State University, New Orleans – General Surgery Residency
  • 2003 Fundamentals of Bariatric Surgery – Redwood City, CA
  • 2008 Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Band Program (Allergan) – Memphis, TN
  • 2009 Bariatric Mini Fellowship University of Texas Southwestern - Dallas, TX
  • 2009 Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy Preceptorship – Lafayette, LA
  • 2010 Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Band Program (Ethicon) – Baton Rouge, LA


Professional Societies
and Committees

  • Fellow of the American College of Surgeons
  • Fellow of the Southeastern Surgical Congress
  • Executive Board Member and Past President of the Rapides Parish Medical Society
  • President Louisiana Chapter of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery
  • President Medical Executive Committee – Dubuis Hospital
  • Member of the American Society For Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery
  • Liaison to American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer
  • Member Credentials Committee –
    Cabrini Hospital
  • Member Society of American Gastointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons



Dr. Samuel Bledsoe, FACS

Medical Director of Bariatric Surgery


Bariatric Surgery
Summary of Qualifications

  • Training in Bariatric Surgery
    beginning in 2004.
  • Founding Medical Director
    of Christus Cabrini Bariatric
    Program- 3/2010 -9/2011
  • Board Certified in Surgery
  • Member- American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery
  • Specializes in advanced minimally invasive and bariatric procedures
  • Fellow of the American
    College of Surgeons
  • Chairman of the
    Department of Surgery –
    Christus St. Frances Cabrini


Other Procedures

  • For patients who do not qualify for bariatric surgery because their BMI is under 30, Dr. Bledsoe was the first in the Alexandria area to offer laser liposuction. SmartLipo is a body contouring procedure that is done in the office, under local anesthesia, with minimal downtime.

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Education

  • 06/2009 - 07/2009 — University of Alabama at Birmingham:
    Mini-Fellowship Bariatric Surgery

  • 11/2008 - 07/2009 — Baptist Medical Center; Birmingham, AL:
    General Surgery Residency

  • 06/2004 - 10/2008 — Carraway Methodist Medical Cntr; Birmingham, AL:
    General Surgery Residency

  • 08/2000 - 05/2004 — University of Arkansas College of Medicine; Little Rock:
    Medical Doctor

  • Honors in Surgery
  • Honors in Research

Memberships in Professional Societies and Committees

  • Member: American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery
  • Member: American College of Surgeons
  • Member: Southeastern Surgical Society
  • Member: Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES)
  • Resident Member: Carraway Surgical Society
  • Chairman of the
    Department of Surgery –
    Christus St. Frances Cabrini –
    08/12-present
  • Medical Executive Committee –
    Christus St. Frances Cabrini –
    08/12-present
  • Governing Board –
    Christus Cabrini Surgery Center –
    01/13-present
  • Medical Executive Committee –
    Christus Cabrini Surgery Center –
    01/12-01/13

Resume

For more information about Dr. Bledsoe, download his Resume. Click Here.




Our Staff

Pam Mercuro
Bariatric Nurse
Regina-Novo
Bariatric Nurse
Doris Fleck
Bariatric Coordinator




Hospital Affiliations

Christus St Francis Cabrini Hospital

  • 3330 Masonic Dr,
    Alexandria, LA 71301

As one of the leading hospitals in Central Louisiana, Christus St. Francis Cabrini Hospital offers the utmost in safety and compassionate care. With over 240 beds and 1600 dedicated employees, the facility is dedicated to making your procedure as safe, and your stay as comfortable, as possible.




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