James Taylor, Jr., MDPresident
Dr. Taylor is a Family Physician who has practiced in Livingston Parish for the last 11 years. Formerly employed by a hospital system, he is now establishing an independent practice focused on the patient-centered principles of Family Medicine. A native of New Orleans, he graduated from LSU School of Medicine in New Orleans in 2001, and completed his residency in Family Medicine in 2004. He has 12 years of experience in rural emergency medicine, and is currently the Emergency Services Director at St Helena Parish Hospital in Greensburg, LA. Dr. Taylor also serves as deputy coroner for St Helena Parish. Dr. Taylor passed his first Board examination in 2004, and passed his recertification exam in 2014.
Dr Taylor has spent the last several years in governmental affairs, advocating persistently for the rights of patients and their family physicians as Chairman of Legislative Affairs for the Louisiana Academy of Family Physicians (LAFP). Dr. Taylor continues to work very hard to advocate on behalf of the LAFP and its membership. He has spent many hours many days on the phone, writing emails as well as meeting face to face with legislative leaders in our state. Dr Taylor has been listed among the "Top Doctors in Louisiana" by Louisiana Life Magazine for the last 5 years.
Dr Taylor lives in Pride, LA, with his wife Joette, and daughter Jolan, as well as 5 cats and one very affectionate Catahoula leopard dog. He enjoys spending time with family, friends, and patients. He also enjoys politics, music, announcing the occasional horse show, and LSU Sports, and has a long (40-year) bittersweet relationship with his beloved New Orleans Saints.
Jonathan Hunter, MDPresident-Elect
Dr. Hunter graduated from LSU Medical School – New Orleans in 2000. After completion of his family practice residency at LSUHSC Family Practice Residency in Alexandria, LA, Dr. Hunter became a family physician at The Brian Clinic. Dr. Hunter has served his country as a Major in the Louisiana Army National Guard, where he has been awarded numerous prestigious awards. He currently serves at the medical director for Crossroads Regional Hospital, Thompson Home Health and Oasis Hospice. He is a Utilization Physician Advisor and Employee Health Physician for Rapides Regional Medical Center as well as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Family Medicine for LSU Health Sciences Center all while serving as Deputy Coroner for Rapides Parish.
Dr. Hunter is a fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians and currently serves on the LAFP Foundation Board of Directors.
M. Tahir Qayyum, MDVice-President
Dr. Tahir Qayyum is a family medicine doctor in Bastrop, Louisiana. He received his medical degree from Army Medical College Quaid-e-Azam Univ and has been in practice for 34 years. He has received the Patients' Choice Award and Compassionate Doctor Recognition in 2014. He is currently affiliated with 5 hospitals in the Monroe area. Dr. Qayyum is very active in the legislative affairs of the Academy and serves as a key contact.
Christopher Foret, MD
Dr. Christopher Foret was born and raised in Franklinton, LA, where he attended Bowling Green School. He received his undergraduate and medical degrees from Louisiana State University and completed his residency in Family Practice at Richland Memorial Hospital in Columbia, S.C. He is board certified in Family Practice and is a member of the AAFP, AMA, Washington Parish Medical Society as well as the Louisiana Academy of Family Physicians where he has previously served as District 6 alternate director. Dr. Foret is serving as an associate physician at Family Medical Clinic of St.Tammany Parish Hospital. He is on active staff at Riverside Medical Center and serves on consultant staff at St. Tammany Parish Hospital.
Bryan Picou, MD
Bryan Picou, MD, is Family Physician who has been practicing in Natchitoches since 1988 as owner of the Family Medical Clinic of Natchitoches. Dr. Picou attended medical school at Louisiana State University in New Orleans, LA, and completed his residency at E.A. Conway Hospital in Monroe, LA, where he served as Chief Resident in from 1987-1988. He presently serves as a Preceptor for LSU Medical School New Orleans, Tulane Medical School and LSUHSC-Shreveport. He accepts students at all levels with in these schools. Dr. Picou has been a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians since 1985 and received the AAFP Degree of Fellow in 1996. Dr. Picou has served on the Louisiana Academy of Family Physicians' Operations Committee as well as was a founding member of the LaFamPac. In 2006, Dr. Picou was elected as LAFP President and in 2007, served as LAFP Foundation President. Dr. Picou is presently an Alternate Delegate to the AAFP Congress.
Brian Elkins, MDImmediate Past President
Dr. Elkins is a 1992 Magna Cum Laude graduate of LSU. His medical education was at LSUHSC-Shreveport 1992-1996. He was awarded membership in Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. Dr Elkins served as chief resident at In His Image Family Practice Residency in Tulsa, Oklahoma and was awarded the Excellence in Behavioral Medicine award. Dr. Elkins joined the LSU Family Medicine Residency based at Rapides Regional Medical Center in Alexandria in 1999, where he taught and supervised residents working on board certification in family medicine, in addition to caring for his own patients, and became its director in 2005. Dr. Elkins currently is the attending physician for the Legacy Health & Wellness, an employer-based primary care, wellness, and occupational health facility. Dr. Elkins has 15 years of experience in a wide range of healthcare settings and a deep and broad knowledge of human health and illness. In addition to operating his family-medicine practice and supervising the residency program, he is active in statewide academics. He was appointed an Associate Professor – Adjunct with the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge and was a Clinical Assistant Professor of Family and Community Medicine with Tulane University School of Medicine. Dr. Elkins was awarded the Magnolia Award for excellence in teaching five times and was selected as Louisiana Family Physician of the Year in 2008. Dr Elkins has an active private life. He is an elder in his church, Scoutmaster in his son’s Boy Scout troop, and an avid runner. He and his lovely wife Barbara are raising 4 children.