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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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