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Southern Exposure

Dr. Rebekah Gee, MD ’02, is the top doctor in a state with some of the nation’s most serious health problems. Since January 2016, Dr. Gee has led Louisiana’s health department — working to improve outcomes and promote wellbeing in a state that has long been ranked at or near the bottom on such measures as obesity, infectious diseases, infant mortality, childhood poverty, smoking, and rates of cancer and heart disease. “I’ve always been drawn to places that need help,” says the ob/gyn. “Part of why I like working in Louisiana is that it has some of the greatest challenges.”

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