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Louis Cataldie, M.D.
Woodlake Addiction Treatment Center

Louis Cataldie, M.D. is the Medical Director of the Woodlake Addiction Treatment Center in Ethel. Dr. Cataldie is Board Certified in Addiction Medicine, has worked in the field for 30 years and is recognized as an expert in Addiction Medicine. During the course of his career, he has treated over 10,000 patients with addictions. He is also the Addictionologist for the Louisiana State Board of Nursing and the Medical Director for the Louisiana Physicians Health Program.

Dr. Cataldie served as the Medical Director of the Louisiana Office of Addictive Disorders from 2000 – 2005. He developed the first adolescent unit for the Baton Rouge General Medical Center in Baton Rouge. And was an advisor to the White House on Inhalant Abuse in adolescents during President Ronald Reagan’s administration.

Dr. Cataldie served for over ten years as the Coroner for East Baton Rouge Parish and was the Medical Incident Commander and Examiner for the state of Louisiana following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

A published author, (Coroner’s Journal) Dr. Cataldie is a Louisiana native and graduate of the LSU Medical School.

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09/16 - Pass or Fail? Louisiana’s Education System

How well is the state’s public school system really performing?

One national survey ranks Louisiana as 49th for academic achievement of public school students. Another national report ranks the state dead last. So, how well is the state’s public school system really performing? Where is there room for improvement? What will the new federal “Every Student Succeeds Act” mean for education in Louisiana? And how have the historic summer floods changed things? Louisiana Public Square explores these issues and more on “Pass or Fail? Louisiana’s Education System” Wednesday, September 28 at 7 p.m. on LPB HD and in New Orleans on WLAE.

The panelists are
• Superintendent Michael Faulk, Central Community School System
• James D. Garvey, Jr. , BESE Board President
• Scott Richard, Executive Director, Louisiana School Boards Association
• Rep. Patricia Haynes Smith, D- Baton Rouge; House Education Committee

LPB CEO Beth Courtney and LSU Manship School of Mass Communication professor Robert Mann host the show. The program features interviews with Louisiana Education State Superintendent John White; Debbie Meaux, President of the Louisiana Association of Educators; Brigitte Nieland with the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry and Caddo Parish School Superintendent Dr. Theodis Lamar Goree.

“Pass or Fail? Louisiana’s Education System” can also be heard on public radio stations WRKF in Baton Rouge; Red River Radio in Shreveport and Monroe; and WWNO in New Orleans. Check their station websites for schedule.

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