The Department of Health and Hospitals, Office of Public Health announces that Dr. Martha Whyte has returned as Regional Medical Director for OPH Region 7, which encompasses Bienville, Bossier, Caddo, Claiborne, De Soto, Natchitoches, Red River, Sabine and Webster parishes.

In this position, Dr. Whyte will be the public health medical official for the region. She will be responsible for addressing any disease and health-related concerns that arise in this area and coordinating the response with the state health officer, state epidemiologist and other OPH officials.

Dr. Whyte previously served as medical director of this region from April 2002 until March 2005 and returned as medical director in late September of this year.