Bankston, MD, Named Louisiana State Medical Society President

BATON ROUGE – Friday, Jan. 26, it was announced that Susan M. Bankston, MD, of Baton Rouge officially began her presidency of the Louisiana State Medical Society (LSMS). Additionally, the LSMS House of Delegates, the official policy-making body for the organization, met the same day to discuss current health care issues, decide on a course of action for the coming year, and welcome its new leaders.

The announcement also stated that as president-elect for the society in 2017, Dr. Bankston spent the past year learning more about the society’s involvement in key health care issues at both the state and federal legislative levels.

“Wisdom comes from experience and new ideas come from young minds. We need to meld the two in order to move forward successfully, because together we are stronger,” said Bankston in her inauguration remarks.

Dr. Bankston received her undergraduate degree from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge and graduated from LSU Medical School in Shreveport. She completed an internship at Earl K. Long Memorial Hospital in Baton Rouge and her residency at LSU Medical School in Shreveport. She is board certified in pediatrics and is a practicing pediatrician and on the executive committee at the Baton Rouge Clinic. 

Dr. Bankston has served as a board member of the Capital Area Medical Society (CAMS) since 2008 and has been a member since 2003. She has served in numerous leadership roles within the LSMS since she joining in 2003. Dr. Bankston has served on the board of governors as the sixth district councilor, the board of councilors, and as chair of the board of councilors from 2015-2016. Outside of practicing medicine, Dr. Bankston is involved with the Junior League of Baton Rouge as a sustainer advisor to the diaper bank, Bengal Belles, and has appeared on “House Calls with Dr. B” on WAFB for more than 16 years.

“Andre Gide said, ‘man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.’ The Louisiana State Medical Society empowers us to be able to discover new oceans without forgetting our home shore – that home shore being great care and service to our patients,” added Bankston.


About the Louisiana State Medical Society

Established in 1878, the Louisiana State Medical Society serves as the trusted advocate for physicians in the state of Louisiana. LSMS aims to promote excellence in the practice of medicine and is the largest voluntary physician organization in the state, representing all specialties. For more information, visit



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