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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


     01/18 - Early Education Matters

Should early childhood education be a priority?
It’s estimated that issues with early childhood education cost the state economy more than $1 billion per year. Business professionals and politicians agree that there is a severe lack of access to high-quality child care in the state. But with the state facing a $1 billion budget shortfall, can funds be found to make this a priority?

Louisiana School Finder, a first-of-its-kind performance guide on early care and education centers is a useful tool for parents seeking care for their children. Can it also be a mechanism to improve performance? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers to these questions and more on “Early Education Matters” January 24th at 7 p.m. on LPB and in New Orleans on WLAE.

Our panelists are:

· Melanie Bronfin, La. Policy Institute for Children

· Rep. Stephen Carter, R-Baton Rouge; Education Committee

· Stephen Waguespack, La. Assoc. of Business & Industry

· Supt. John White, La. Dept. of Education

Barry Erwin, CEO of the Council for a Better Louisiana (CABL) moderates the discussion.

The program includes interviews with Belinda Creel Davis, Ph.D., with the LSU Reilly Center for Media and Public Affairs and co-author of the Losing Ground study of childcare issues and workforce productivity in Louisiana; Melinda George, Child Care Assistance Manager with the La. Dept. of Education; Brigitte Nieland, V.P. for Workforce and Education for the La. Assoc. of Business & Industry: and Shawanda Jefferson, a mother whose improved employment status has put her Child Care Assistance Program benefits in jeopardy.
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