From Veteran to VA Leader: The Journey of Dr. Martha Smith, Registered Dietitian and Deputy Director at the Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System

Martha Smith joins VA Southeast Louisiana Health Care as new employee

Dr. Martha Smith, a Registered Dietitian with over 33 years of experience in allied healthcare and direct practice, currently serves as the Deputy Director at the Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System. She was appointed to this role on February 25, 2024, after previously serving as the Assistant Medical Center Director at the Overton Brooks VA Medical Center in Shreveport, Louisiana.

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

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

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