State Health Officer

Jimmy Guidry, M.D., is currently the State Health Officer of Louisiana and LDH’s Medical Director. Prior to this position, Dr. Guidry served as the Assistant Secretary for the Office of Public Health and the Acadian Region’s Medical Director. Dr. Guidry has also served as Director of Adolescent Services at LSU School of Medicine, Pediatric Department, Earl K. Long Hospital and worked in Pediatric Private Practice. Dr. Guidry presently chairs various task forces, including the LDH Obesity Task Force, the Child Death Review Panel and the Governor’s Task Force on Tuberculosis, and represents the state at medical and environmental engagements across the country. He received his Bachelors of Science from the University of Southwestern, earned his doctorate from the Louisiana State University School of Medicine and completed his residency at Earl K. Long Hospital. He has been Board Certified since 1984 and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Dr. Guidry has a strong interest in the medical care of the citizens of Louisiana and works diligently towards the delivery of services in our state.

The Medical Director is responsible for medical consultation on a variety of health care policy issues, including health care programs and quality of care issues.  The Medical Director also serves as the Department’s liaison with medical, nursing, pharmacy, and allied health professionals as well as with professional associations and organizations throughout the state.  The Medical Director’s Office also houses the Office of Emergency Preparedness for DHH.  The State Health Office is responsible for ensuring that the State Sanitary Code is enforced, a responsibility that he implements through the programmatic Offices of Public Health.