J. Ryan Shows, M.D. and Lauren Zatarain, M.D., Board-Certified Medical Oncologists to Join Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center

BATON ROUGE, La. – Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center today announced that J. Ryan Shows, M.D., and Lauren Zatarain, M.D., will begin practicing at the Cancer Center, effective Jan. 4, 2023. Shows and Zatarain are experienced medical oncologists who have been caring for patients in the Greater Baton Rouge region for many years and will be joining Louisiana Hematology Oncology Associates.

“Mary Bird Perkins’ mission continues to attract physicians who want to work with the organization because of its focus on the needs of individuals and families impacted by cancer. Cancer care is a highly personalized, dynamic and constantly changing field. An individualized approach is the gold standard and Dr. Shows and Dr. Zatarain hold great confidence in the mission and join us in the belief that the physician-patient relationship is sacred,” said Todd Stevens, president and chief executive officer, Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center. “When you bring together their tremendous clinical expertise, dedication and compassion for patients, and strength in collaborating with colleagues, it benefits everyone, making clinical care even stronger.”

 JosephShows CRShows received his medical degree from Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center (LSUHSC) in Baton Rouge. Shows completed his Fellowship training in hematology and oncology at LSUHSC in Shreveport. He is Board Certified in internal medicine and medical oncology. He is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the American Society of Hematology and the American College of Physicians.

Dr. Zatarain CRZatarain received her medical degree from Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans. She completed her internship and residency at LSU Health Sciences Center in Baton Rouge and completed a Fellowship in hematology/oncology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville. She served as chief resident and chief fellow in her respective training programs. Zatarain is Board Certified in hematology, oncology and internal medicine. She is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the American Society of Hematology.

Auldyn Hirschey and Christi Gaubert, nurse practitioners, and several additional team members who have worked closely with Shows and Zatarain, will join them at Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center.

Both Shows and Zatarain were previously with Our Lady of the Lake Physician Group.

Dr. Shows will have clinics in Baton Rouge, Gonzales and the Baton Rouge General campus, while Dr. Zatarain will practice at the Cancer Center’s physician offices at Woman’s Hospital and Essen Lane.

To schedule an appointment with Shows or Zatarain, call (225) 215-1390.

About Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center
Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center is a regional cancer care organization that has been fighting cancer for more than 50 years. The cancer care organization provides care at nine centers in Baton Rouge, Covington, Gonzales, Hammond, Houma, Slidell, and Natchez, Mississippi, and its service area encompasses southeast Louisiana and southwest Mississippi regions. Mary Bird Perkins has a strategic affiliation with OneOncology and the largest radiation and medical oncology groups from across the area including exclusive partnerships with Southeastern Louisiana Radiation Oncology Group, which provides radiation therapy throughout Mary Bird Perkins’ service areas, Northshore Oncology Associates, serving St. Tammany and Washington Parishes, specifically the communities of Covington and Slidell and Louisiana Hematology Oncology Associates, which services the Greater Baton Rouge area. For more information, please visit www.marybird.org.