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Panelist Bio


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.

Current Topic


07/14 - Defining “Dangerous”

How does Louisiana determine if someone is a danger to themselves or others?

Special Presentation


Breaking Away:  A Louisiana Public Square Special Presentation

Would the breakaway City of St. George quash Baton Rouge’s school desegregation progress?

Coming Soon!


08/14 - Down the Road: Our Transportation Future

What should the state’s transportation priorities be?

Recent Topics


06/14 - Pot or Not? The Decriminalization Debate (Encore Presentation)

Would a reduction in penalties encourage more usage and lead the state down a path to legalization?


05/14 - Job Market 2014

What does Louisiana’s employment market look like for job hunters in 2014?


04/14 - State Contracts 101

Will proposed legislation help rein in costs or create arbitrary caps that hinder agencies in delivering services?


03/14 - Louisiana and The Minimum Wage

Should Louisiana develop its own minimum wage?

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