Kenneth Brown, MD, FAAFP
Kenneth E. Brown, MD is a practicing Family Practitioner in Alexandria, LA. Dr. Brown is the oldest son of Dr. William and Barbara Brown and was raised in Arthur, IL, a small farming community in Central Illinois. Dr. Brown graduated from University of Illinois College of Medicine in 2000 and has been in practice for 17 years. He completed a residency at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center Alexandria Family Medicine Residency Program.
Dr. Brown was accepted into both the Illinois Farm Bureau’s Rural Illinois Medical Student Assistance Program Scholarship (RIMSAP) and the Rural Medical Education Program (RMED) which carried obligations to return to Illinois to practice for at least 5 years. He also a recipient of the Illinois Department of Public Health Scholarship for the last 3 years of his medical school training, and it also had a service obligation for him to return to Illinois to practice. After practicing in Illinois for 9 years and serving the medical needs of the residents of St. Joseph, Tuscola, and his hometown of Arthur, he returned to the Bayou State and has no plans to leave.
He is currently a partner at the Brian Clinic in Alexandria and Chief Deputy Coroner of Rapides Parish. While practicing in Illinois he served on the Illinois Academy of Family Physicians’ Public Health Committee and the Practice Transformation Committee. He quickly established connections with the Louisiana Academy of Family Physicians shortly after returning to Louisiana. He has served at the Committee level, and he has served as District 8 Director, Vice President, and President of the LAFP.
Brian Harrell, MD, FAAFP
Dr. Harrell is originally from Lake Charles, LA. Much like many other people from this area, he grew up hiking, swimming, and fishing on the Calcasieu River and the other waterways surrounding this area. His parents were both educators within the public school system and were also the choir directors for their church. Many of his favorite memories from his childhood revolve around singing in the choir with his family and spending time with members of his faith community.
Upon graduation from high school he attended Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. He subsequently attended Texas A&M for medical school and elected to return home to Lake Charles for his residency training in Family Medicine. It was here that he found a passion for Sports Medicine after assisting with sideline game coverage for various high school and collegiate events. For this reason, he elected to pursue and eventually complete a Sports Medicine Fellowship with the Baton Rouge General Primary Care Sports Medicine Program.
He unsuccessfully attempted to escape the family business of education and began his teaching career in Graduate Medical Education with the residency that trained him—LSUHSC-N.O. in Lake Charles. Life would eventually lead him back to Baton Rouge where he became the Associate Program Director for the Sports Medicine Fellowship that previously trained him. He later became the Program Director for the Baton Rouge General Residency Program.
Although he loved his time in Baton Rouge, family would eventually call him home to Lake Charles. He currently teaches once again within the LSUHSC-N.O. program in Lake Charles and serves as the Associate Program Director in this residency program. He still enjoys singing in the choir and spending time with his extended family. He feels blessed to be a part of the formation of so many young physicians in our state. But he feels most blessed to be able to spend time with his wife, Lauren, and his three children: Emma, Louis, and David.
Wayne Gravois, MD
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, MD, FAAFP
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.
Tahir Qayyum, MD, FAAFP
Immediate Past President
Dr. Tahir Qayyum attended medical school at Army Medical College, Rawalpindi, Pakistan and completed his internship at Columbia Presbyterian College in New York. He completed a residency at LSU Family Medicine Residency-Monroe in Monroe, LA. Dr. Qayyum, MD of Monroe has been in private practice for over 20 years. He provides the full-scope of medical care to close to 5000 patients between his two clinics in the rural community of Bastrop and Monroe. Dr. Qayyum also works tirelessly as an advocate of Family Medicine. He also is proudly involved in training family medicine residents and medical students from both LSU and Tulane. Nationally he is co-chairman of Legislative/Advocacy Committee of APPNA (Association of Physician of Pakistani Descent of North America). On the State level; he has served in various roles on the LAFP Board of Directors, is a board member of LaFamPac and a member of the LAFP Legislative and Advocacy Committee. Locally, he is involved in health advisory committees providing his services for Legislators, local activist, and the general public. He has been married to his wife, Jennifer, for over 28 years. She is an RN and works alongside him as his business manager. He has 2 children, Maira and Zaib, where both are following their father’s footsteps and pursuing a career in medicine.