General Assembly logo74th General Assembly – July 23, 2021 - Destin, FL
Report by: Derek Anderson, MD, Speaker, LAFP General Assembly
Lisa Casey, MD, Vice-Speaker, LAFP General Assembly  

The 74th annual General Assembly convened on July 23rd in Destin, FL at the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort Baytowne Conference Center. This years meeting was offered to members in an in-person and virtual format. Speaker Derek Anderson and Vice Speaker Lisa Casey presided as LAFP members and guests discussed issues and elected officers for the upcoming year.

The meeting provided members with addresses from Deirdre Barfield, MD, MBA, Interim Vice President, Medical Management for Blue Cross Blue Shield of LA, Nadine Robin with Aledade and John Meigs, Jr., MD, FAAFP, AAFP Board Representative. Dr. Meigs brought us greetings and information from the national Academy and also shared the work of the AAFP over the past year.

During the meeting, after the annual reading of the necrology report honoring our members who have left us in the past year, recognized the past presidents in attendance, recognized members receiving anniversary awards and approved bylaws changes that were submitted. One resolution was submitted to the Assembly titled:

  • Resolution 1: Gender-Affirming Care and Political Interference in Access to Care

The resolution was submitted Dr. Chris Van Hise and presented to the members for consideration.

RESOLVED, that the LAFP recognize and support access to Gender Affirming Care as a standard of care for gender dysphoria, and be it further

RESOLVED, that the LAFP oppose legislation that limits or restricts access to Gender-Affirming Care.

The resolution was not adopted during the meeting.

The 2021-2022 LAFP Board of Directors  was elected and are as follows:
President: Kenneth Brown, MD, Alexandria, LA
President-Elect: Brian Harrell, MD, Lake Charles, LA
Vice President: Richard Bridges, MD, Amite, LA
Secretary: Teri O'Neal, MD, Monroe, LA
Treasurer: Bryan Picou, MD, Natchitoches, LA
Immediate Past-President: M. Tahir Qayyum, MD, Bastrop, LA
Speaker: Derek Anderson, MD, Baton Rouge, LA
Vice-Speaker/GA: Lisa Casey, MD, New Orleans, LA
AAFP Delegate: James Campbell, MD, Kenner, LA
AAFP Delegate: Bryan Picou, MD, Natchitoches, LA
AAFP Alternate Delegate: Wayne Gravois, MD, Zachary, LA
AAFP Alternate Delegate: James Taylor, MD, Zachary, LA
Resident Representative:
Chris Van Hise, MD, Metairie, LA
Resident Alternate: Alexi Johnson, DO, Kenner, LA
Student Representative: Katie Adler, New Orleans, LA
Student Alternate: Danielle Purtell, New Orleans, LA
District1 Director Brandon Page, MD, New Orleans, LA
District 1 Alternate Ronnie Slipman, MD, New Orleans, LA
District 2 Director Luis Arencibia, MD, Mandeville, LA
District 2 Alternate Ralph Cortes-Moran, MD, Metairie, LA
District 3A Director Jack Heidenreich, MD, Raceland, LA
District 3A Alternate Camille Pitre, MD, Larose, LA 
District 3B Director Amanda Phillips-Savoy, MD, Lafayette, LA
District 3B Alternate Zeb Stearns, MD, Eunice, LA
District 4 Director Joseph Nida, MD, Minden, LA
District 4 Alternate Cara Permenter, MD, Shreveport, LA
District 5 Director Euil Luther, MD, Monroe, LA
District 5 Alternate Rhiju Poudel, MD, Monroe, LA
District 6A Director Jason Schrock, MD, Baton Rouge, LA
District 6A Alternate Carol Smothers-Swift, MD, New Roads, LA
District 6B Director Brian Callihan, MD, Hammond, LA
District 6B Alternate Emilio Russo, MD, Bogalusa, LA
District 7 Director Jason Fuqua, MD, Sulphur, LA
District 7 Alternate Danette Null, MD, Lake Charles, LA 
District 8 Director Brian Picou, Jr., MD, Natchitoches, LA
District 8 Alternate Micah Pippin, MD, Alexandria, LA
Director at Large Jody George, MD, Lake Charles, LA
Alt. Director at Large Dianna Phan, MD, New Orleans, LA
Reports were given by each of the committee chairs on the work that had been done over the past year. After completing our business by early afternoon, Dr. Anderson called for an adjournment. We hope everyone enjoyed their time in Destin. We look forward to seeing you all next year in New Orleans.

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