Dr. Martha Smith: Veterans Healthcare Expert Takes on New Role at Southeast Louisiana Vets

Martha Smith joins VA Southeast Louisiana Health Care as new employee

Dr. Martha Smith, an accomplished Registered Dietitian with over 33 years of experience in both allied healthcare and direct practice, has recently been appointed as Deputy Director at the Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System. She began her career in the Veterans Health Administration in 2015 as the Chief of Nutrition and Food Services at the W.G. Bill Hefner VA Medical Center in Salisbury, North Carolina.

Prior to her work in the VA, Dr. Smith served in the United States Army for seven years as a commissioned officer and two years in the Army Reserves. Her military assignments included Seoul, South Korea with the 65th Medical Brigade from 2012-2015 and Joint Base Lewis McChord near Tacoma, Washington from 2008-2012.

Dr. Smith holds a Doctor of Educational Leadership (EdD) from Eastern Michigan University, a Master of Science in Hotel and Restaurant Management from Eastern Michigan University, and a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition from Michigan State University. She is also an accomplished speaker, published in multiple peer-reviewed publications, and a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE). In her free time, she enjoys traveling, swimming, playing the French horn, and spending time with her seven grown children and five grandchildren.

As Deputy Director at Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System, Dr. Smith is dedicated to providing quality care to veterans throughout the region. She brings a wealth of experience and expertise to her role and looks forward to continuing to make a positive impact on the lives of veterans and their families.

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