Meet our Resident and Student Leaders

Each year the Resident Student Leadership Committee begins as election process to select our resident and student delegate positions. We are proud to introduce our 2018-2019 delegates. This represents the future of Family Medicine and the LAFP.

 

Delegates to the LAFP Board of Directors:

rachael kermis mdResident Delegate:
Rachael Kermis, MD - Baton Rouge General Family Medicine Program  
 
Rachael Kermis, MD, was born in Buffalo, New York. She attended Cornell University where she received her undergraduate degree in Human Biology, Health and Society. Dr. Kermis received her doctorate degree from Ross University. She is a second year resident in the Baton Rouge General Family Medicine Residency Program. She enjoys reading, watching classic movies, baking people cupcakes and making friends with any dog she sees.
andrew parksResident Alternate Delegate:
Drew Parks, MD, Baton Rouge General Family Medicine Program 

Andrew Parks, MD, was born in Baton Rouge and grew up in New Roads. Dr. Parks received his doctorate degree from Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in Shreveport. He is a third-year resident in the Baton Rouge General Family Medicine Residency Program. His hobbies including obsessing/attending all LSU athletic events, golf, bowling, and soccer.
Travis PhippsStudent Delegate:
Travis Phipps, LSU Health-New Orleans
 
 
Travis Phipps is a rising fourth year medical student at LSUHSC New Orleans. Born and raised in Sulphur, LA, he graduated from LSU as a first-generation college student with a degree in Spanish in 2009. Soon after, he relocated to Buenos Aires, Argentina, where he taught English as a foreign language in various language schools and for private clients in settings including the Buenos Aires Stock Exchange and Lacoste Argentina. Upon moving to New Orleans in early 2011, he continued his work teaching English to Spanish speakers and also expanded into teaching Medical Spanish at a local career college. It was during this time he decided to pursue a career in medicine. Phipps first became interested in Family Medicine after his first year of medical school during a summer preceptorship with his family’s physician in his hometown. He is excited to represent his fellow medical students as Student Delegate to the LAFP Board of Directors and to help impact his future specialty within his home state.
Rose TusaStudent Alternate Delegate:
Rose Marie Tusa, LSU Health-New Orleans
 
 
Rose Marie Tusa was born and raised in Louisiana. She attended the Louisiana Scholars’ College at Northwestern State University, where she received her BA in Liberal Arts with a concentration in Scientific Inquiry and a minor in Spanish. Ms. Tusa is currently in her second year at LSUHSC School of Medicine in New Orleans. She will be serving as the Vice President of FMIG for the 2018-2019 academic year.

 

Delegates to the AAFP National Conference:

carreras markResident Delegate:
Mark Andrew Carreras, MD, Lafayette Family Medicine Residency Program
 

Mark Andrew Carreras, MD s a First Year Resident at LSU New Orleans at Lafayette Family Medicine Residency Program. Dr. Carreras is a graduate of the Medical University of the Americas (Nevis).
 
Turner AnishaResident Alternate Delegate:
Anisha Turner, MD, LSU-Shreveport Family Medicine Residency Program 
 
Anisha Turner, MD is a Fourth Year Resident at LSU Shreveport Emergency Medicine/Family Medicine Residency Program where she is currently serving as the Chief Resident. Dr. Turner is from Houston, Texas and is a graduate of University of Texas Southwestern.
 
McAlisterStudent Delegate:
James McAllister, Tulane 
 
James McAllister grew up on Bainbridge Island in Washington state and got his bachelor's degree from the University of Washington in Seattle. He worked in the federal government in Washington, DC, before deciding to go to medical school at the Tulane University School of Medicine in 2015. He is the former president of Tulane's family medicine interest group and has worked to promote family medicine at Tulane and been involved in student mental health and wellness efforts.  He plans to practice full spectrum family medicine back in the Pacific Northwest.
 
Caitlin SissonStudent Alternate Delegate:
Caitlin Sisson, Tulane 
 
Caitlin Sisson is a 2015 graduate of the University of Southern California with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. She is currently a third year MD/MPH candidate at Tulane University School of Medicine and Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. Outside of her interest in primary care she enjoys bowling, spending time with her family, golfing and watching the Winnipeg Jets make a Stanley Cup run.

 

Delegates to the LAFP General Assembly:

Weiner Johnson CandiceResident Delegate:
Candice Weiner-Johnson, MD, Shreveport Family Medicine Residency Program 
 
Candice Weiner-Johnson, MD is a Fourth Year Resident at LSU Shreveport Family Medicine Residency Program. Dr. Weiner-Johnson is from Luling, Texas and is a graduate of University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.
 
YagerResident Alternate Delegate:
John M. Yager, MD, Shreveport Family Medicine Residency Program 
 
John M. Yager, MD is a second year Resident at LSU Shreveport Family Medicine Residency Program. Dr. Yager is from East Greenbush, New York and is a graduate of Ross University.
 
Caitlin SissonStudent Delegate:
Caitlin Sisson, Tulane 
 
Caitlin Sisson is a 2015 graduate of the University of Southern California with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. She is currently a third year MD/MPH candidate at Tulane University School of Medicine and Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. Outside of her interest in primary care she enjoys bowling, spending time with her family, golfing and watching the Winnipeg Jets make a Stanley Cup run.
 
Delegates to the AAFP National Conference:  LAFP is one of the only professional medical associations that actively promotes our resident and student members to hold leadership positions. For more information on how to become involved with the Academy, visit www.lafp.org or contact Ragan LeBlanc for more details.
 

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