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Dawn M. Sokol, MD
Ochsner Health System

Dr. Sokol completed a 6-year combined program at the University of Missouri in Kansas City to earn her bachelor's and medical degrees. She completed her internship and residency at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, where she was also awarded the Russell J. Blattner Postdoctoral Fellowship in pediatric infectious diseases. She is board certified in pediatrics and pediatric infectious diseases.

Since joining the Ochsner staff in 1995, Dr. Sokol has provided expertise in treating a variety of infections involving the respiratory tract, infections of the bones and joints, infections of the skin and soft tissue, and infections of the heart. Other areas of interest include the evaluation of children with recurrent infection and prolonged fever, and infections occurring in children with weakened immune systems such as cancer and tuberculosis patients and transplant recipients.

Dr. Sokol has been active in clinical research focusing on new antibiotics and improved vaccines. For the past 10 years, she has also worked in the Pediatric AIDS Clinical Trials Group.

She has teaching and research affiliations with Tulane Medical School where she is a Clinical Assistant Professor.

Dr. Sokol was named as one of the Best Doctors in America for 2001-2002.



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08/16 - Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference (encore)

What difference has a decade made?

Due to severe flooding in Baton Rouge and the surrounding communities, the recording of “Black & The Blue,” which was to be the August episode of Louisiana Public Square, was cancelled. Instead we will be broadcasting an encore presentation of “Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference.” More information, including broadcast dates and times, is below.

“Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference”
Eleven years ago, Hurricane Katrina swept through Southeast Louisiana, triggering what would become the nation’s costliest disaster. Less than a month later, Hurricane Rita inundated Southwest Louisiana forever altering the landscape. The storms uprooted residents, while the rest of Louisiana and its neighboring states welcomed them with open arms.
What affect did the storms have on economic development along the I-10 corridor? Just over a decade later, how have public services changed? How prepared is Louisiana to handle hurricane evacuees? And how did the hurricanes change the demographics of the state?
This month Louisiana Public Square takes a look at where the state is now on an encore presentation of “Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference” airing Wednesday, August 17 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, August 21 at 11 a.m. on LPB HD.

The panelists are:
· Andy Kopplin, Office of New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu
· Paul Rainwater, Rainwater Consulting, LLC
· Stephanie Riegel, Greater Baton Rouge Business Report
· Nihal Shrinath, The Data Center

The program includes interviews with Jason El Koubi, One Acadiana; Chris Guilbeaux, Governor’s Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP); Kathy Kliebert, Secretary of the Department of Health and Hospitals; Allison Plyer, Executive Director of the Data Center; John White, State Superintendent of Education; and Christopher Bohnstengel and “Byrdie” Lane, owners of Byrdie’s Gallery and Café in New Orleans.

LPB CEO, Beth Courtney, and Kim Hunter Reed,Ph.D., who served in the Blanco administration during Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, moderate the discussion.
“Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference” will also air in New Orleans, on WLAE. It 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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