The years following the change from Tri-State Sanitarium to Tri-State Hospital in 1929 were filled with challenges and opportunities for Drs. Willis and Knighton along with other Tri-State physicians and surgeons. First came the Great Depression of the 1930 and then the War Years of the 1940s. Many younger doctors served in the military while the older ones were fighting the battle on the home front. Their biographies are the history of their Time and Willis-Knighton Health Systems very earliest years.

Dr. Frank L. Bryant


Dr. Frank L. Bryant was for many years the eye, ear nose and throat specialist at Willis Knighton Medical Center.  A transplanted Iowan, Dr. Bryant was born in Chicago and grew up in Sioux City.  He graduated from the University of Iowa in 1925 and Jefferson Medical School in Philadelphia two years later. 

After practicing for several years in the Midwest as well as teaching at the University of Minnesota’s Medical School, he moved to Shreveport seeking a warmer climate for a son's illness.  In 1982, Dr. Bryant was honored along with a number of other area physicians and surgeons for practicing their profession for 50 years or more.  

The medical library at the Willis-Knighton Medical Center is named in his honor.  He passed away in 1992 in Shreveport at the age of  88.

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Mid-20th Century

100 Years