Dr. Frederick P. Cerise joined Parkland Health and Hospital System in March, 2014. This public hospital system serving Dallas County, Texas, is one of the largest public hospital systems in the country and averages more than 1 million patient visits annually. The system also includes 20 community-based clinics, 12 school-based clinics and numerous outreach and education programs. Parkland is the primary teaching hospital for the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.
Prior to joining Parkland Hospital System, Dr. Cerise was the Vice President for Health Affairs and Medical Education, which oversees Louisiana State University Health Science Centers in New Orleans and Shreveport and the LSU Health Care Services Division, which collectively operate 10 public hospitals and associated clinics.
Dr. Cerise was also Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals. Dr. Cerise formerly served as administrator of Earl K. Long, LSU’s public hospital and clinic system in Baton Rouge. He is an internal medicine physician and spent 13 years teaching medical students and treating patients in the state’s public hospital system.
Dr. Cerise received an undergraduate degree in science from the University of Notre Dame in Indiana and a graduate degree in medicine from the Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans. He completed his medical residency at the University of Alabama Medical Center in Birmingham. Dr. Cerise later received a master’s degree in public health from Harvard University.