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Fred Cerise M.D., M.P.H.
Vice President for Health Affairs and Medical Education

Dr. Frederick Cerise is Vice President for Health Affairs and Medical Education, which oversees LSU Health Science Centers in New Orleans and Shreveport and the LSU Health Care Services Division, which collectively operate 10 public hospitals and associated clinics

Prior to rejoining LSU, Dr. Cerise was Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals. Prior to taking the job as Secretary, Dr. Cerise served as administrator of Earl K. Long, LSU's public hospital and clinic system in Baton Rouge. He is an internal medicine physician and spent 13 years teaching medical students and treating patients in the state's public hospital system.

Dr. Cerise received an undergraduate degree in science from the University of Notre Dame in Indiana and a graduate degree in medicine from the Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans. He completed his medical residency at the University of Alabama Medical Center in Birmingham. Dr. Cerise later received a master's degree in public health from Harvard University.

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

How big a business is college sports in Louisiana?

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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10/14 - Louisiana’s Congressional Priorities

Should the focus be on job creation or tax relief?

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08/14 - Down the Road: Our Transportation Future

What should the state’s transportation priorities be?


07/14 - Defining “Dangerous”

How does Louisiana determine if someone is a danger to themselves or others?


06/14 - Pot or Not? The Decriminalization Debate (Encore Presentation)

Would a reduction in penalties encourage more usage and lead the state down a path to legalization?


05/14 - Job Market 2014

What does Louisiana’s employment market look like for job hunters in 2014?

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