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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.

Current Topic


12/14 - Decoding Common Core (Encore Presentation)

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

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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01/15 - Louisiana After Ferguson

Who is policing the police in Louisiana?

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11/14 - Destination: Graduation

How is Louisiana addressing its dropout problem?


10/14 - Louisiana’s Congressional Priorities

What should Louisiana’s Congressional priorities be?


09/14 - Varsity, Inc.: The Business of College Sports

How big a business is college sports in Louisiana?


08/14 - Down the Road: Our Transportation Future

What should the state’s transportation priorities be?

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