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Panelist Bio


Dawn M. Sokol, MD
Ochsner Health System

Dr. Sokol completed a 6-year combined program at the University of Missouri in Kansas City to earn her bachelor's and medical degrees. She completed her internship and residency at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, where she was also awarded the Russell J. Blattner Postdoctoral Fellowship in pediatric infectious diseases. She is board certified in pediatrics and pediatric infectious diseases.

Since joining the Ochsner staff in 1995, Dr. Sokol has provided expertise in treating a variety of infections involving the respiratory tract, infections of the bones and joints, infections of the skin and soft tissue, and infections of the heart. Other areas of interest include the evaluation of children with recurrent infection and prolonged fever, and infections occurring in children with weakened immune systems such as cancer and tuberculosis patients and transplant recipients.

Dr. Sokol has been active in clinical research focusing on new antibiotics and improved vaccines. For the past 10 years, she has also worked in the Pediatric AIDS Clinical Trials Group.

She has teaching and research affiliations with Tulane Medical School where she is a Clinical Assistant Professor.

Dr. Sokol was named as one of the Best Doctors in America for 2001-2002.



Current Topic


     04/18 - Balancing Eldercare

How much does Louisiana spend on nursing homes versus home and community-based care?
Nationally, there is a shift towards providing care for the elderly at home and through community-based services rather than at institutions. But analysts say that Louisiana has a bias towards nursing home enrollment both in policies and funding. A series of bills being proposed this legislative session would address what some consider an imbalance in how the state supports care for its aged population.

So, how much does Louisiana spend on nursing homes versus home and community-based care? Is the demand for institutional care rising or on the decline? And what options are available to provide the funding and the care that the state’s older residents desire? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers to these questions and more on “Balancing Eldercare” Wednesday, April 25 at 7 pm on LPB and in New Orleans on WLAE. (Recording Tuesday, April 24.)

Our panelists are
· Jeanne Abadie, The Advocacy Center
· Mark Berger, Louisiana Nursing Home Association
· Hugh Eley, Former Deputy Sec. of Louisiana Dept. of Health
· Senator Jay Luneau, D-Alexandria

LPB CEO, Beth Courtney and Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana president, Robert Travis Scott, moderate the discussion.
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