The LAFP Member of the Month is a forum to recognize and highlight our members. We hope you enjoy learning about fellow members both on a personal and professional level.
The LAFP is proud to recognize Robert Moore, MD as our April 2017 Member of the Month.
Balancing an active lifestyle while taking personal care of people when they need it the most are the keys to Dr. Robert Moore's relaxed style. Read his interview to see how he manages both.
Tell us about your family.
I am married to Kristi Allen Moore. We have 8 children between the two of us. They range in ages from 13 years to 33 years. We call ourselves "The Brady Bunch."
Where did you go to college, medical school and residency?
I went to what was Northeast Louisiana University (NLU) in Monroe, La. They changed the name, but it will always be NLU to me. I graduated with a BS in Pre-med and went to medical school at LSUMC-Shreveport for my MD. I attended the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Al for my residency in Family Medicine. I take a lot of jokes about having degrees from both LSU and Alabama. I have been known to commit sacrilege and wear a LSU shirt and an Alabama hat on game day!
Have you always lived in the Alexandria area?
I moved to Alexandria, La in 1986, so this has definitely become home for me.
Why did you choose family medicine, what's your favorite aspect of it and were you inspired by anyone?
I chose Family Medicine because during medical school, I would get bored after a few weeks on any one rotation. I like the variety of problems that I see, and I like being able to discuss practically any medical topic with anyone. I also like that I can get to know people well, and their families, and their lives. At times, I feel like I am a part of their family. I was inspired primarily by my family doctor when I was growing up. When a good friend of mine was playing tennis and horsing around, he accidently hit himself in the forehead with a brand new "Jimmy Connors T2000" metal racket suffering a laceration through his eyebrow. At 16 years old, I drove him to meet our family doctor, who also sponsored our medical Explorer Post, at the Emergency Room. Just as he was gloving up, he got this mischievous look on his face and asked me if I wanted to sew up my friend. At first I was hesitant, but then thought it would be cool to do. At that moment, I decided to become a doctor, and in particular, a family doctor.
What advice would you offer to medical students selecting their specialty?
My advice to students would be that primary care is the only specialty that really gets to know their patients, establishes a personal, meaningful connection with people that lasts, and is satisfying.
If you weren't a physician, what would you be doing with your career right now?
I don't know what I would do if not a physician. It's the only thing I have ever wanted to do.
How do you spend your free time?
I have a very active life. I have ridden motorcycles since I was 14 years old, and currently own a Harley Davidson Ultra Classic. I am an avid exercise person, and have been for over 20 years. I have built a very nice gym at my house. I believe in functional exercise and variety. I love to mountain bike. I love to snow ski. Love doing obstacle races through the mud like Warrior Dash and Spartan. I drive a Corvette. I enjoy skydiving and have 300 jumps with many more to come. My wife and I love to travel, and actually took the trip of a lifetime to Bora Bora last year. I have a pilot's license and have flown gyrocopters. I love anything to do with water. My wife and I are both Scuba Certified and enjoy going to tropical waters to vacation, soak up the sun, and to scuba dive. I enjoy the shooting sports and was the physician for the Rapides Parish SWAT team for several years. I could go on, but you get the picture. I don't have any down time.
What one word or phrase characterizes your style of family medicine?
"Relaxed" style. Never wanted to see numbers, or make all the money. I like taking my time, and taking personal care of people when they need help.