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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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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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