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Dr. Vincent N. Cefalu graduated from Amite High School in 1966. He subsequently received a Bachelor of Science Degree in zoology from Southeastern Louisiana College and a medical degree from Louisiana State University in New Orleans, accomplishing the latter in just three short years.  He completed a one-year “rotating 0” internship at Earl K. Long Hospital in Baton Rouge and then moonlighted for many years in emergency rooms all over the state of Louisiana. He eventually held many professional jobs, including the public health clinic, local mental health clinic, and substance-abuse clinic; was awarded several state contracts; served as medical director of both the parish and Hammond city jails; practiced family medicine for thirty years; and held the position of coroner for fourteen years at a midsized Louisiana parish.