Dr. Laura Cassidy graduated from the University of Alabama and the University of Alabama Medical School. After choosing to be a General Surgeon, she was accepted to the Harbor UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles where she finished her residency and served, in her final year as Chief Resident.
In California, she met her future husband, Bill Cassidy. After marrying Bill and practicing General Surgery in LA, she and Bill moved to Baton Rouge in 1989, joining the faculty of LSU Health Science Center; Laura as Chief of Surgery at the teaching hospital where they served.
Laura later entered private practice treating diseases of the breast. She was the first woman in Louisiana to focus her surgical practice on breast cancer. Laura advanced breast conservation surgery, sentinel node biopsies and other treatment options for women with breast cancer.
She left her practice in 2006 for other challenges, first and foremost raising her and Bill’s three children. Their youngest child is dyslexic. Laura struggled to find the correct education for Kate. This helped her understand that dyslexia is prevalent and that educational opportunities are sparse and expensive. Because of this experience, she and 2 other women started the Louisiana Key Academy, a public charter school for children with dyslexia so that every family, regardless of personal circumstances can have their child’s needs addressed. (Disclaimer-their child does not attend this school). Laura continues as President of the Board. She and Bill work with Drs. Sally and Bennett Shaywitz advocating for dyslexia at a national level.