Lionel Smith, M.D.
I always knew I wanted to be a doctor
Seeing my father and both grandfathers treat so many patients throughout the years, I suppose I just always knew I wanted to be a doctor as well, because it was a way to truly help people.
Being from Baton Rouge, I chose LSU Med School and after my training, I joined my father in his practice. I practiced Ophthalmology in Baton Rouge for the next 35 years, both in private practice and at Veteran’s Administration where I treated Veteran’s and also taught the ophthalmology residents from LSU. I loved teaching these young, vibrant residents, as it always kept me on the cutting edge of new treatments and procedures. They taught me as much as I taught them and I loved the experience.
Also, treating veteran’s was close to my heart, because I served in the National Guard for 25 years and served as the Louisiana State Surgeon for 8 years, as a full Colonel, so treating the veteran’s was an honor for me.
A real team striving together!
I must say the decision to join Dr. LaHaye’s team three years ago, was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. The team her is just that; A real team, striving together for the best outcome for each patient. Because of my very traditional training, I’ve always put the needs of my patients first. I thoroughly enjoy treating them and many of them feel like family. This practice has the same values that were instilled in me and I feel very proud to be a part of the team here at LaHaye.