Isaac “Ike” Muslow, MD was born April 4, 1926 in Oil City, LA, to Sylvia and Harry Muslow. He died at home on Saturday, January 18, 2020. His parents and his sister, Lille Muslow Black, preceded him in death.
He attended Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Centenary College of Louisiana, and Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans where he did an internship at Charity Hospital. In 1950, he served as Medical Officer in the United States Air Force and in 1952, he did a medical residency at Georgetown University Hospital and then at Charity Hospital in New Orleans, LA. From 1954 – 1958, he was Instructor in Medicine at LSU School of Medicine and Director of the Kidney Station, at New Orleans Charity Hospital, which was only one of two dialysis units in the South. He developed the first fellowship dialysis program in the state and was attending physician at the VA Hospital in Gulfport, MS.
From 1958-1964, he was in private practice in Shreveport, LA and attending physician at the VA Hospital there. From 1964-1970, he was the Administrative Director in the Department of Internal Medicine at Confederate Memorial Medical Center where he achieved a full complement of residents in internal medicine for the first time. He also was a consultant at the VA Hospital in Shreveport.
In 1970, he established and directed the first Dialysis Unit in the area at Willis-Knighton Hospital. Always interested in teaching and learning, he directed the continuing medical education program there.
In 1970, he began his long career at the LSU School of Medicine in Shreveport, LA accepting the position as acting head of the Department of Family Medicine and Comprehensive Care where he successfully won approval for a residency program in all the area hospitals. Three years later, he began the first of three terms as Dean of the Medical School and as Vice Chancellor. During his three tenures as Dean, Confederate Memorial merged so successfully with LSU Medical School Hospital that in 1991 it was named the nation’s most profitable public hospital. Under his leadership the Burn Center and the organ transplant program were developed, the Emergency Unit became a level one trauma center, three Centers of Excellence were created in Arthritis and Rheumatology, Cancer Research, and Clinical and Forensic Toxicology and the Ambulatory Care Center was created and built as was the Feist-Weiller Cancer Center, the Women’s and Children’s Center, the Radiation Therapy Center, the Children’s Hospital within the hospital, the LSU Medical School Foundation, and an affiliation agreement with Conway Hospital, in Monroe, to assume a medical education program.
He was a member of the Federation of State Board of Nursing Examiners, State Board of Medical Examiners and its chairman; and its representative to the American Board of Medical Specialties, and the American Board in Internal Medicine. He received the Shreveport Medical Society’s Distinguished Service award, the LA State Medical Society award, and was a member and President of the Public Solicitation Review Council. He was honored by the American Heart Association and Junior Achievement. An endowed chair bearing his name in Internal Medicine was established at LSUHSC-S. In addition to his commitment to his profession, he was a lifelong member of Augudath Achim, a member of B’nai Zion Congregation and chaired the Jewish Federation Fundraising Drive.
In June of 2000, he retired from the Dean’s office and on July 1, continued teaching residents while treating patients at the VA until his retirement in 2015. In 2017, he was recognized by LSU Health Shreveport as a Community Hero. Although he had put away his tennis racket, he continued to pursue his love of gardening. He began regular physical therapy at LSU Allied Health Unit where, many thanks to his outstanding care, he continued to flourish until recent months. He and his family were extremely grateful to all the staff there for their concern and care, including but not limited to Dr. Joe McCoullough, Dr. Stan McCalla, Dr. Sharon Dunn, Dr. Amanda Mahoney, Dr. Ed Mahoney, Dr. Amanda Bernard, Dr. Suzanne Tinsley, and all the staff.
The family expresses special thanks to Dr. Kevin Sittig, Mary Muslow and family, and caregivers James Sneed and John Scott.
Perhaps dearer to him than his deep love of his medical profession were his family.
Serving as honorary pallbearers will be Steven Bayer, Steven Levine, MD, Robert Penn, MD, Robert G. Pugh, Jr. and Kevin Sitting, MD.
There will be a private burial. A brief service and time to visit with the family will be held on Tuesday, January 21, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. at B’nai Zion, 245 Southfield Road, LA 71105.
The family suggests memorials may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.