Cherie-Ann Nathan, MD, FACS, is the Jack Pou Endowed Professor and Chairman of the Department of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery at LSU-Health in Shreveport. She is also Director of Head and Neck Oncologic Surgery and Research at the Feist-Weiller Cancer Center. She completed her Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery residency and head and neck fellowship in 1995 at University of California, San Diego. She was a post-doctoral fellow at Johns Hopkins where she started her research career.
She is a Surgeon-Scientist that maintains a busy practice treating head and neck cancer, thyroid, parathyroid, salivary gland tumors and skin cancer and she also leads an active research team. The National Cancer Institute has funded her translational research since 2000 and her focus is on targeted therapy for head and neck patients. She is recognized nationally and internationally for her seminal work on molecular analysis of surgical margins.
She has pioneered multi-institutional clinical trials using mTOR inhibitors in HNSCC patients with both Wyeth and Novartis. She has also received NIH funding for chemoprevention of cancer with curcumin and has a patent for a curcumin chewing gum. Her new RO1 on Targeting the FGFR-2 pathway for cutaneous SCC holds potential for patients with aggressive cSCC. She has published extensively, has over 185 publications in peer-reviewed journals, and has authored multiple textbooks and encyclopedia chapters.
Dr. Nathan is currently the President of the American Head and Neck Society. She serves on many national committees some of which include the NCI Steering committee, the American Cancer Society-CDC HPV Steering Committee, Executive board of directors for the Head and Neck Cancer Alliance, Council Member for the Society of University Otolaryngology, and the Larynx Preservation Guideline Panel. She is currently chair-elect for the ASTRO-ASCO Multidisciplinary meeting and President-elect of the Association of Academic Depts. of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery. She has served on the Nominating committee for the American Academy of Otolaryngology-HNS Program and is the current chair of the Head and Neck Oncology committee for the Academy as well as the Head & Neck CORE grants chair. She is also Section Editor for “Laryngoscope Investigative Otolaryngology”.
The Shreveport-Bossier Commerce Department awarded her the Athena Award for community service and she was inducted into Shreveport’s 2019 Business Hall of Fame. She received the Leonard Tow Humanism award from the Arnold Gold Foundation and was also nominated into AOA by the medical students. The Board of Regents in Louisiana established the “Cherie-Ann Nathan Endowed Professorship in Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery” initiated by grateful patients to honor her dedication and expertise.
She has consistently been recognized in the “Best Doctors of America” and received the Academy of Oto/HNS Distinguished service awards. Dr. Nathan is married to pulmonary and critical care physician Raghu Nathan and they have two boys Sean and Neil. Her favorite hobby was to perform with the “Nathan Family Trio” to raise money for the Arts and Cancer research in Shreveport.