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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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10/16 - Election 2016

What concerns are on citizens’ minds as they go to the polls this fall?

The presidential election may be getting all of the attention, but Louisiana residents will be making several important decisions at the ballot box in November. The U.S. Senate seat left up for grabs by retiring Sen. David Vitter has drawn a field of 24 candidates. Louisianians in the south- and northwest parts of the state will also be voting on congressmen. So, what national concerns are on citizens’ minds as they go to the polls this fall? What statewide issues should be on the mind of Louisiana’s next Congressional leaders? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers on “Election 2016” Wednesday, October 26 at 7p.m.

Our Panelists:

• Elizabeth Crisp / The Advocate
• Greg Hilburn / Gannett Newspapers
• Martin Johnson, Ph.D. / LSU Manship School of Mass Communication
• Albert Samuels, Ph.D. / Mandela School of Public Policy, Southern University

LPB CEO Beth Courtney and Patricia Smith, with the College of Government and Social Sciences at Southern University, moderate the discussion.

“Election 2016” 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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