LaGrange is my home. When people found out that I was born elsewhere, they used to ask if I planned to move back. It seemed to be a concern. I plan to stay here and continue practicing. I like it here. People here generally try to do the right thing, so it seems I fit in pretty well.
I was born in New Orleans. My father was a General Practitioner and all my life I wanted to be a doctor. I count myself lucky to do what I enjoy. One nice thing about practicing medicine is that usually the goals of the patient and the physician are identical – to get the patient better. I am always charged with using my best judgement. I will decline requests for things I think will be harmful to the patient.
I grew up during the cold war. I attended De La Salle High School and Tulane University obtaining a Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy and a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology.
From there, I went to LSU, obtaining a Masters of Science in Physiology. The intersection of brain and mind has always been an interesting area to me.
I went back to Tulane for Medical School, graduating in 1988. While a student, I internalized the value of listening to the patient and communicating. A doctor should be able to translate Medical to English and vice versa effectively. My Internal Medicine Residency had me at Charity Hospital (which is Louisiana’s version of Grady), Tulane Medical Center, VA Hospital and Oschner.
After training, I worked as a Tulane Staff Physician in Pineville, Louisiana. They needed someone for a few months, but my goal at that time was to practice where I grew up. I returned to Westbank New Orleans and joined Expressway Medical Center and practiced with this group for several years. When that group decided to sell the practice to the local hospital, I determined that wasn’t the best thing for a new MD, so I started my own office. That was work, but fun and I continued at my own office until 2005 when Hurricane Katrina changed my life.
I was on call that weekend, taking care of hospitalized patients. So I could not evacuate before the storm. I asked my family to leave, but they would not. It was a dangerous time and I realized that if things had been even slightly different, my family and I might not have survived.
I’d be on call again, but wouldn’t risk that again. It was anticipated and resolved, years before, that if the levees in New Orleans ever broke, we’d move. My wife’s family was in LaGrange. I had known Dr. Stout from years before and hoped to join LIM. They had just hired another MD, but LIM stretched and made it happen. I was again fortunate to join an excellent group of people. Even though I ran my own office for about ten years, LaGrange Internal Medicine runs even better.
Now, at work, I can concentrate on medicine. There are people in every capacity at this office who are knowledgeable and reliable. This system maximizes the doctor’s ability to do what the doctor should be doing. Our office, our community and our state are praiseworthy.
I feel gratitude towards LaGrange and like it when people enjoy things. That motivates my work with others in “The Krewe of Mask” – LaGrange’s family friendly Mardi Gras parade. For me as a child, there were parades every winter. Catching beads and doubloons was an enjoyable part of every winter. Perhaps the pleasure we get from catching trinkets is from our hunter-gatherer past. Whatever the reason – it’s fun. As an adult, it’s just as enjoyable to ride and throw beads, doubloons and trinkets. It’s good to help properly form LaGrange’s new event and tradition.
I’m blessed with a wonderful wife and three great children, Michelle, Laura and Kevin. Family is always so important. Interests include Rotary, Dragon-Con, cosplay, parading, humor, word origins, history, computer applications for medicine, military technology, current events, science fiction, power generation, cooling technology and reading.