John C. McDonald Regional Transplant Center


The John C. McDonald Regional Transplant Center is the only transplant center in north Louisiana. More than 2,000 organ transplantations have been performed since the program’s inception in 1977. The Center is proud to treat patients from the Ark-La-Tex and beyond.

The Center is named after Dr. John C. McDonald, a pioneer in transplant surgery at Willis-Knighton and the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in Shreveport.  Under his leadership an guidance the Center has grown.  It performed the first heart transplant and the first heart-lung transplant in the region,

The John C. McDonald Regional Transplant Center is approved by the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN) to perform the following transplantations:

Location in Museum

Talbot Museum Digital Archive.  Throughout its existence, the Center's achievements have been documented by the Sheveport Times


  • 1280_1laS5Rq6QWwd
  • Mohsin Hakin Profile
  • Transplant Center Anniversary, Elrod Remarks
  • Two Recieve New Hearts On Same Day 5_28_91_ST
  • First Heart Transplant Times
  • Heart center comes a long way
  • Heart supply determines life and death
  • transplant center picture & plaque