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Mark Alain Dery, DO, MPH
Tulane School of Medicine

Dr. Mark Alain Dery is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine at Tulane University’s School of Medicine. Dr. Dery is also the Director of the School’s Antimicrobial Stewardship Program. This is a new program that is being developed by Dr. Dery at Tulane Medical Center to decrease the burden of multidrug-resistant organisms while improving patient safety. He is also the Medical Director of the Antimicrobial Stewardship Program at the Baton Rouge Medical Center.

Dr. Dery’s research interests include antimicrobial resistance, infection control, and multidrug-resistant organisms. Dr. Dery is also the medical director for the Tulane T-Cell Clinic, a community-based HIV clinic that is unique in that a majority of the clients are women and minorities.

Dr. Dery is passionate about HIV prevention and testing; he has been integral in producing the HIV Awareness Music Project, an annually occurring music festival that promotes HIV education, awareness and empowerment.

Dr. Dery received his Masters in Public Health in 1994 from Loma Linda School of Public Health. In 1999 Dr. Dery graduated from medical school at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Dery's Internal Medicine training at Case Western Reserve University allowed for an emphasis in global health care orientation. After three and a half years on the Navajo Reservation as part of his obligation to the Public Health Service, Dr. Dery relocated to New Orleans and completed an Infectious Disease fellowship at Tulane School of Medicine from 2006 - 2008.

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01/17 - Healthy New Year!

What is the best approach to shedding pounds in a state where cuisine is part of its culture?

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January heralds the beginning of a New Year and for many, a resolution to practice a healthier lifestyle. According to the 13th annual State of Obesity report, Louisiana now has the highest rate of adult obesity in the country.

So, what is the best approach to shedding pounds in a state where cuisine is part of its culture? Which diet is the most effective for losing weight? What weight loss surgeries are available and how safe are they? And what role does exercise play in the health equation? Louisiana Public Square searches for answers on “Healthy New Year!” Wednesday, January 25 at 7pm on LPB HD and in New Orleans on WLAE. (Recording Tuesday, January 24)

Do you have a story of weight loss challenges and success that you want to share? Be a part of our audience when we record “Healthy New Year!” on Tuesday, January 24 at 7 p.m. at LPB. Email your contact information to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Seating is limited, so reply soon!




Our panelists are:
• Drake Bellanger, M.D., Weight Loss Surgical Centers of Louisiana
• Catherine Champagne, Ph.D. , Pennington Biomedical Research Center
• Stephanie Elwood, Southern University AgCenter
• Rudy Macklin, Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness & Sports


LPB CEO, Beth Courtney and family physician and author, Dr. Rani Whitfield, moderate the discussion.


Louisiana Public Square 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 the station websites for schedules.



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