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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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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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