SHREVEPORT, La. –Valerie Lockhart Welch, MD has been named Chief Medical Information Officer for Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport. Dr. Welch, a Shreveport native, is board-certified in anatomic and clinical pathology and clinical informatics. She earned her undergraduate degree at Emory University and her medical doctorate at LSU Health Shreveport – School of Medicine. Dr. Welch completed her anatomic and clinical pathology residency at LSU Health Shreveport where she served as Chief Resident. Following competition of her two-year clinical informatics fellowship at Geisinger in Danville, Pa, Dr. Welch returned to her hometown of Shreveport joining Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport.