Susan Hidalgo-Smith

Susan has long been part of the WRKF family. Having been indoctrinated in public broadcasting as on-air talent for membership campaigns at LPB, WRKF asked her to be the development director at the radio station. She went on to serve as WRKF's underwriting manager for 12 years and then the special events director for another three. Susan, part of a family of doctors, can't help but be fascinated with medicine and health. Out of that fascination came the award-winning "Conversations in Medicineâ

As Dr. Mark Kantrow explains, palliative care is focused on relieving pain and providing emotional support for seriously ill patients. 

Dr. Charles Wood, now a radiation oncologist at the Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center, thought he was communicating well with all his patients while in training in Philadelphia a decade ago. But he found that twice as many non-white than white patients there believed they'd been treated in a clinical trial unknowingly.

Dr. Laura Hetzler is a plastic surgeon working with the multidisciplinary team at the Mary Bird Perkins-Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center. She says what makes cancers in the oral cavity, throat, lips, and larynx so hard to treat is that those parts of the body are involved in complex functions like how a person speaks, eats, and looks. 

Cocoa has been used as a health elixir for centuries, going back to the Incas. Dr. John Finley discusses the LSU AgCenter's study that revealed some of the compounds that make cocoa so beneficial.

Barbara Auten, Director of Alzheimer's Services of the Capital Area, says "patient-centered care" is the key to the success of Charlie's Place in Baton Rouge.

Of cancers that affect both men and women, colorectal cancer is one of the most curable of all the cancer diseases if caught early.

Neurologists, who treat patients with Multiple Sclerosis, are excited to have many more FDA approved Multiple Sclerosis therapies on the market. Several more are in clinical trials or awaiting approval. Dr. April Erwin, a neurologist with Neuromedical Center in Baton Rouge, is optimistic that a cure is on the horizon. For more information about Multiple Sclerosis and treatment, please visit

Louisiana Healthcare Journal started in Baton Rouge, then launched a publication in New Orleans in 2011.

It has been publishing in Little Rock since November, and now the Baton Rouge-based enterprise is looking to move into markets farther afield.

Mary Bird Perkins-Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center operates the only cancer screening clinic in Baton Rouge, In 2012, the cancer center launched a screening program for individuals at high risk for lung cancer, especially smokers.

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Dr. Brad Vincent, Interventional Pulmonologist and Chairman of the Cancer Center's Lung Cancer Multidisciplinary Care Team