Susan Hidalgo-Smith


Susan has long been part of the WRKF family. Having been indoctrinated in public broadcasting as on-air talent for membership campaigns at LPB, WRKF asked her to be the development director at the radio station. She went on to serve as WRKF's underwriting manager for 12 years and then the special events director for another three. Susan, part of a family of doctors, can't help but be fascinated with medicine and health. Out of that fascination came the award-winning "Conversations in Medicine”. 


Conversations in Medicine
7:34 am
Sun December 30, 2012

Minority Bone Marrow Donations Encouraged

Thousands of minority patients with blood cancers like leukemia and other diseases like sickle cell depend on finding a bone marrow match to save their lives.

Renea Duffin, Vice-President for Cancer Support & Outreach at MBP-OLOL, is leading an effort to get more minorities registered as bone marrow donors in and around Baton Rouge.

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Conversations in Medicine
7:05 am
Sun December 23, 2012

With Louisiana's Spicy Food, Heartburn Can be a Problem

Acid reflux disease or chronic heartburn is diagnosed often in Louisiana due to our love of spicy food in the southern part of the state.

Gastroenterologist Dr. Greg Gaspard explains the effects of over-indulgence in crawfish etouffee he sees often in his Baton Rouge practice.

Conversations in Medicine
7:34 am
Sun December 16, 2012

Capital Area United Way

Capital Area United Way has been a support service in our community and beyond for many years.

Kendall C. Hebert, Senior Director of Communications and Marketing with Capital Area United Way in Baton Rouge.

Conversations in Medicine
7:04 am
Sun December 9, 2012

High-Risk Lung Cancer Screenings Arrive in Baton Rouge

In November, Mary Bird Perkins-Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center became the first in Baton Rouge to offer lung-cancer screenings to high-risk patients.

Administrator Linda Lee describes the new lung cancer screening program.

Conversations in Medicine
7:41 am
Sun December 2, 2012

Hit By a Stray Bullet

David Day's son 15-year-old Caleb was hit when shots were fired during a fight at the Mall of Louisiana in January 2012.

Day tells the story of his son's shooting.

Conversations in Medicine
12:07 am
Sun November 25, 2012

Preparation Key to Preventing Football Injuries

Philippe Vetters, a physical therapist in Baton Rouge, is on the front lines of athlete care.

Vetters says tackling correctly and training well is key to keep from getting hurt on the field.

Conversations in Medicine
7:34 am
Sun November 18, 2012

End-of-Life Plans Now Portable

Many patients in Louisiana are now being advised by their physicians to have an end-of-life plan, describing the types of medical treatments they want to receive, or not.

Until 2010, patients had to draw up a new directive every time they changed doctors.

Dr. Susan Nelson headed the coalition of healthcare professionals who worked with state lawmakers to make advanced care directives portable. She discusses the new "Louisiana Physician Orders for Scope of Treatment."

Conversations in Medicine
7:34 am
Sun November 11, 2012

Diagnosing and Treating Prostate Enlargement

Urologist Dudley Atkinson discusses benign prostatic hyperplasia.

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Conversations in Medicine

Whether it's how to deal with cancer or the latest obesity research, each week Susan Hidalgo-Smith hosts experts from the world of health for insightful conversation. The program has earned awards from the Louisiana State Medical Society and the Arthritis Association of Louisiana for excellence in medical reporting.