Dr. John D. Reeves, MD

A native of Shreveport, John D. Reeves, MD, graduated from Captain Shreve High School and LSU Baton Rouge with a Bachelor of Science in biochemistry. He earned his medical degree at LSU Health Sciences Center-New Orleans. During his residency he trained at Charity Hospital of New Orleans, Ochsner Foundation Hospital and Harvard Children’s Hospital/Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. Following that he moved to Switzerland to work with the premier cerebrovascular and brain tumor neurosurgeon in the world.

During his medical training, Dr. Reeves was directly influenced by internationally respected neurosurgeons who helped form his neurosurgical ethics and philosophy. These include:

  • Dr. David G. Kline, Boyd Professor of Neurosurgery, with special interest in peripheral nerve surgery. Dr. Kline recruited Dr. Reeves as a student.
  • Dr. Edward Benzel at LSUHSC-Shreveport School of Medicine, who has influenced generations of spine surgeons.
  • Doctors Roger Smith and Michael Scott, Harvard’s Children's Hospital/ Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.
  • Dr. M. Gazi Yasargil, cerebrovascular and brain tumor specialist, considered one of the two most influential neurosurgeons of the 20th century.

Dr. Reeves is board certified in neurological surgery (American Board of Neurological Surgery). He began practice in Wichita Falls, Texas, when it was an underserved area of the state in neurosurgery. He practiced there for most of his career before he went to Ochsner Hospital in New Orleans for 18 months after Hurricane Katrina. Dr. Reeves is pleased to return to his hometown of Shreveport to share his expertise.

As a result of his broad training and experience, Dr. Reeves considers himself to be a careful and prudent physician and surgeon, applying his neurosurgical art when necessary, declining it when appropriate, or referring to other colleagues when the case demands.

On a personal level, Dr. Reeves is married to Jamie Woodruff Reeves, who is a very fine neurosurgical nurse and coordinator. Many patients will meet her at the office or hospital. Dr. Reeves has two wonderful daughters, Ashley and Hannah. Dr. Reeves enjoys the usual southern pastimes of fishing, hiking, exercise, reading, cooking and entertaining. And of course, he enjoys playing fetch with his beloved fur child Kojo. 

Willis Knighton Health