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Panelist Bio


Louis Cataldie, M.D.
Woodlake Addiction Treatment Center

Louis Cataldie, M.D. is the Medical Director of the Woodlake Addiction Treatment Center in Ethel. Dr. Cataldie is Board Certified in Addiction Medicine, has worked in the field for 30 years and is recognized as an expert in Addiction Medicine. During the course of his career, he has treated over 10,000 patients with addictions. He is also the Addictionologist for the Louisiana State Board of Nursing and the Medical Director for the Louisiana Physicians Health Program.

Dr. Cataldie served as the Medical Director of the Louisiana Office of Addictive Disorders from 2000 – 2005. He developed the first adolescent unit for the Baton Rouge General Medical Center in Baton Rouge. And was an advisor to the White House on Inhalant Abuse in adolescents during President Ronald Reagan’s administration.

Dr. Cataldie served for over ten years as the Coroner for East Baton Rouge Parish and was the Medical Incident Commander and Examiner for the state of Louisiana following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

A published author, (Coroner’s Journal) Dr. Cataldie is a Louisiana native and graduate of the LSU Medical School.

Current Topic


     10/18 - Louisiana Veterans Back Home

What are the programs and initiatives helping our veterans successfully transition to civilian life?
Since 2001, 2.6 million service men and women have been deployed to support operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Twenty-six percent of Louisiana’s veterans fought in these conflicts. The needs for these veterans are plentiful including securing employment and housing, and dealing with the mental rigors of transitioning from military back to civilian life.

Louisiana Public Square explores the unique programs and initiatives that are helping our state’s younger veterans successfully overcome these challenges on “Louisiana Veterans Back Home” Wednesday, October 24 at 7 p.m. on LPB and in New Orleans on WLAE. (Recording Thursday, October 18.)

Veterans Coming Home is a collaborative, multi-platform public media project between Wisconsin Public Television and Kindling Group in partnership with local stations and other national organizations. Veterans Coming Home is made possible with support from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

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