Vincent Shaw MD 300 web 01The 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.  LAFP is proud to recognize Vincent Shaw, Jr., MD, ABFP, CAQSM as our October 2018 Member of the Month.

Dr. Shaw, A native of Opelousas, received his Bachelors of Science in Chemistry from Southern University A&M College and his Medical Degree from Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans. He completed his Family Medicine Residency training at the Baton Rouge General Family Medicine Residency Program, and also completed a Sports Medicine Fellowship at LSU School of Medicine in New Orleans. He has been a faculty member for the Family Medicine Residency Program for 10 years and currently serves as the Program Director for Baton Rouge General’s Family Medicine Residency and Sports Medicine Fellowship Programs. Board Certified in Family Medicine with a Certificate of Added Qualification (CAQ) in Sports Medicine, Dr. Shaw also serves as a Major in the United States Army Reserve and is a team physician for Southern University and LSU.

Get to Know Dr. Shaw

  1. How would you define the mission of your practice?
    The mission of my practice is to teach.....both residents and patients. I work as the program director at the Baton Rouge General Family Medicine Residency. I pride myself on training the family physicians of the the future.
  2. If you weren’t a physician, what would you be doing with your career right now?
    If I weren't a physician I think that I would be a full time time Army Green Beret medic.
  3. Where is your favorite Get away?
    My favorite Get Away is South Beach in Miami.
  4. How have your personal experiences influenced and inspired your work?
    My personal experiences that have influenced and inspired my work would be when I was sent with the Army to Fort Campbell KY to work in the outpatient clinic for soldiers and families. While there I was able to take care of military families, many of which who asked me to be their primary provider. It was the ability to make a connection with the soldier and their dependents that made the whole time their one of the best assignments I have been on.
  5. Why did you choose family medicine, what’s your favorite aspect of it, and were you inspired by anyone?
    I would have to say that Family medicine chose me. I was a late addition to my residency program. I had initial intentions of being an Emergency medicine physician. Upon matching with Baton Rouge General, I found that Family Medicine was what I was meant to be. I enjoyed making relationships with the patients and hearing the stories about their families and the events of their lives. If I had to say who motivated me, it would be three people, My family physician from childhood, Dr. Calvin White (Opelousas, LA), Dr. Derek Anderson (My first program director), and Dr. Robert Chasuk (Current Associate Program Director). They all helped mold me into the family physician I am today.
  6. How can we attract more medical students to family medicine?
    One of the many ways to attract new students to Family Medicine is to show them that Family Medicine has one of the best lifestyles available. It also is rewarding.... one example is as follows: Recently I was contacted through social media by a young lady who wished to tell me thank you and sent me a picture of her son. She reminded me that during my intern year, while on pediatrics, I had taken care of her son one night. He was admitted for RSV and was having difficulty breathing. I was called to the floor to see him. During that time, he proceeded to stop breathing. The two great pediatric nurses and I called a code and rushed him to PICU. I remember it being a very harrowing and scary time for me. He managed to be stabilized and was cared for by the PICU team later. Fast forward to the present, the young lady stated that she was so moved by the experience that she became a nurse and that her son is doing well and is now about 13 years old and in Junior High. I never would have thought I could make an impact like that on anyone. Usually I just say..... "Hey.... I'm just a Family Doc... no big deal", but clearly we make life altering impacts on people
  7. What is something the real world has taught you about being a family physician that medical school didn’t teach you?
    What the real world has taught me that medical school hasn't, is that medicine is a Business. They didn't tell me how to run a practice and make money. I was always taught that we should treat the patients, but never that we need to make money.
  8. What has your experience as a LAFP member been like?
    LAFP membership has opened up doors and allowed me to branch out to areas of the specialty that I have never dreamed of. I have made friendships and connections and been able to teach both medical students, residents and colleagues through a variety of settings. I have also been afforded the opportunity to represent the state at a national meeting.
  9. How do you make a difference in family medicine and in your community?
    I feel like I make a difference by volunteering for the military I get to give back to those who defend us and do my civic duty at the same time.
  10. How do you balance the demands of career, leadership, family and your own well-being?
    Some folks say that I work a lot, but I feel like I don't do enough. I carve out at least 1 - 1 1/2 hours of time to work out every morning. When I'm off I try to not think about the demands of the office and indulge in a good movie or thrilling television series.
  11. What one sentence advice would you give a new family physician?
    I would say remember to take time for yourself.
  12. How do you balance the demands of career, leadership, family and your own well-being?
    I'm at the top of what I would have ever guessed I would be. I don’t know where the next thing is. I'm just enjoying the ride. I love being an FP and a Program Director. I shape the future of medicine.
 LAFP’s Member of the Month program highlights Louisiana family physicians in LAFP Weekly Family Medicine Update and on the LAFP website. We feature a biography and a Q&A with a different LAFP member each month and his or her unique approach to family medicine. If you know an outstanding family physician colleague who you think should be featured as a Member of the Month or if you’d like to tell your own story, nominate yourself or your colleague by contacting by contacting Ragan LeBlanc via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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