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Donald R. Smithburg
CEO LSU Health Sciences Center(Charity)

Donald R. Smithburg is vice-chancellor and chief executive officer of the LSU Health Sciences Center's Health Care Services Division (HCSD) headquartered in Baton Rouge.

The HCSD is LSU's operational and managerial authority for Louisiana's eight large public hospitals. Smithburg is a graduate of Colorado College in Colorado Springs with a degree in anthropology, and holds a masters in public administration from the University of New Mexico.

Prior to his LSU appointment, he served as president and chief executive officer of the University Medical Center in Dallas, TX.

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04/15 - Back on Track: Louisiana Graduates

What help is available for Louisiana students who have dropped out of school?

Special Presentation


Breaking Away:  A Louisiana Public Square Special Presentation

Would the breakaway City of St. George quash Baton Rouge’s school desegregation progress?

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05/15 - Innovation Matters

What effect does diminishing Higher Ed funding have on Louisiana research programs?

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03/15 - Cancer in Louisiana

Why is Louisiana’s cancer death rate so much higher than the rest of America?


02/15 - Dollars per Barrel: Oil Prices & Louisiana

Who are the winners and losers in Louisiana from the drop in prices?


01/15 - Louisiana After Ferguson

Who is policing the police in Louisiana?


12/14 - Decoding Common Core (Encore Presentation)

What do Louisiana educators, parents and students think about Common Core?

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