Foundation Board of Directors

 
Brian Elkins MDBrian Elkins, MD
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. 
 
 
Jim Taylor MDJames Taylor, Jr., MD
President-Elect
 
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.

 

 
 
Dr. Gravois
Wayne Gravois, MD
Secretary
 
A Louisiana native, Dr. Gravois attended LSU School of Medicine in New Orleans. He completed his Family Medicine Residency at Earl K. Long Hospital in Baton Rouge. He practiced for 28 years at Zachary Family Practice in Zachary, Louisiana before joining the residency program in 2012. Dr. Gravois served as president of the Louisiana Academy of Family Physicians (LAFP) in 2000 and continues to serve on the LAFP Foundation and legislative committees. He has been very active in anti-tobacco campaigns and education. In 2009, the LSU Health Sciences Center voted him AOA Preceptor of the year. Dr. Gravois is married and has one daughter and son-in-law.
 
 
 
Bryan Picou
Bryan Picou, MD
Treasurer
 
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.
 
 
Dr. Bourgeois 2014Melvin Bourgeois, MD
Immediate Past President
 
Dr. Bourgeois is a New Orleans native and 1953 Jesuit High School graduate, Bourgeois earned a bachelor of science in pharmacy at Loyola University, College of Pharmacy, in New Orleans in May 1957. He graduated from Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans in May 1961 and completed a rotating internship at Touro Infirmary in New Orleans and a family practice residency at Lafayette Charity Hospital before moving to Morgan City.  He served on the Board of Commissioners of St. Mary Parish Hospital Service District 2, overseeing the former Lakewood Hospital — now Teche Regional Medical Center — and has been chief of staff several times. He is a senior FAA medical examiner and has been assistant coroner of St. Mary Parish since 1990. Bourgeois served his country in the U.S. Navy, where he was a lieutenant commander, serving from 1966-68 as clinical medical director of the Eighth Naval Sup-port Activity and the Eighth Naval District, which comprised five states. He was honorably discharged as commander. He was a member of Civil Air Patrol, an auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force for 20 years in various command positions, and in search and rescue operations as a senior pilot. In January 1993 he and his son, Dr. Robert M. Bourgeois, opened Bourgeois Medical Clinic in Morgan City, where he continues to practice. They were honored for outstanding achievement by the St. Mary Parish Chamber of Commerce as Business of the Year in 1997. Bourgeois and his wife, Geri, are the parents of six children.

 

 

Other Board Members:

 LAFP Member    Jonathan Hunter, MD
 LAFP Member    Ed Martin, MD
 LAFP Member    Russell Roberts, MD
 LAFP Member    Jason Fuqua, MD
 Lay Member    Kenny Laborde
 Lay Member    Barry Dunn
 Lay Member    Kim Gassie
 Lay Member    Nadine Robin
 Lay Member    Justin Angelle
 
 
 

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