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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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02/16 - Effects of Expansion: Medicaid in Louisiana

How will the lives of those who now have access to health care change?

Special Presentation


12/15 - Election 2015: An Analysis

What strategies did each of the major candidates use during the Governor's race?

Special Presentation


Breaking Away:  A Louisiana Public Square Special Presentation

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

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03/16 - Justice on Hold: Louisiana’s Public Defender Shortage

How serious of a problem is the shortage of public defenders in Louisiana?

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What happens when police and the people they arrest have different versions of their encounters?


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What is living in poverty like?


10/15 - Funding the Future: Early Childhood Opportunities

How can improving early childhood programs improve the state’s educational outcomes, workforce, and economics?


09/15 - Agenda Louisiana

What issues will candidates face and where do they stand?

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