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. LAFP is proud to recognize Wayne Gravois, MD as our February Member of the Month.
Wayne Gravois, MD, a native of New Orleans, Louisiana, received his medical degree from Louisiana State University Medical Center in New Orleans, Louisiana, and completed his residency training in Family Practice at Earl K. Long Hospital in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Dr. Gravois is a faculty member of the Baton Rouge General Family Medicine Residency Program. He is also Clinical Assistant Professor of Family and Community Medicine in the Department of Family and Community Medicine with Tulane Medical Center. Dr. Gravois is a past president of the Louisiana Academy of Family Physicians. He currently serves as the LAFP Foundation Secretary, the LaFamPac Board Secretary, the LAFP Alternate Delegate to the AAFP Congress of Delegates and a member of the Legislative and Advocacy Committee. Dr. Gravois is a member of the St. John the Baptist Knights of Columbus and is involved with other local community activities, including Zachary High School Annual Sport Physicals. Dr. Gravois is married to Cherie Gravois and they have one married daughter and three grandchildren.
Get to Know Dr. Gravois
I was born and grew up in New Orleans. I attended LSU Baton Rouge and LSUNO receiving a degree in Biology and my MD from LSU Medical School in New Orleans. I completed my Family Medicine residency at Earl K Long in Baton Rouge in 1984. The majority of my medical career was spent in Zachary, practicing full scope Family Medicine for nearly 28 years in both the hospital (Lane Hospital) and in an out-patient setting. In 2012, I switched gears leaving private practice and moved to an academic setting joining the faculty at the Baton Rouge General Family Medicine Residency Program. Although leaving private practice after so many years and so many cherished established patient and physician colleague relationships was difficult, it was a good move. I have greatly enjoyed working with the residents, faculty and staff at the Baton Rouge General. I am also still able to see patients in a clinic practice setting. I am fortunate that many of my previous patients travel to see me in Baton Rouge at the Residency Program.
For many years the BR General Family Medicine Residency participated in the AAFP’s national Tar Wars program designed to educate middle school students on the dangers of smoking. I enjoyed my involvement with this tobacco prevention program, and it was an important initiative to our LAFP and our state FM residencies. Unfortunately, the Tar Wars program is no longer actively promoted by the AAFP. The BR General Family Medicine Residency Program decided that we wanted to develop another educational curriculum that would affect the future health of Louisiana in a positive way. In collaboration with the East Baton Rouge ICARE Program and the LAFP Foundation, the Adopt a School program was developed. We are currently in the second school year of the program at Capital Middle School in Baton Rouge.
The residents develop presentations and demonstrations that teach health care topics to local middle school students including tobacco, drug and alcohol awareness, exercise, obesity and nutrition. This year we are adding mental health and possibly sex education. In addition to the presentations by our residents and medical students, the middle schoolers are provided with other items to improve their retention of the important information including surveys and short educational videos produced by ICare and our residents. The students are asked to take these video snippets home to share with their families. We’re hoping to make a difference in the lives of these middle school children at Capital Middle and their families, and hopefully they can be used at other schools.
I’m proud to have served as the LAFP President from 1999-2000. One of my greatest privileges is to have worked with so many outstanding family physicians through my involvement with the LAFP. It has been a humbling experience and I am grateful for their contributions to the field of Family Medicine. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my involvement with the LAFP Legislative and PAC Committees. I am honored to be recently elected to the LAFP Board of Directors as AAFP Alternate Delegate. I have also appreciated the opportunity to serve on the LAFP Foundation Board of Directors for the last few years. The success of the Foundation’s mission to build the future of Family Medicine while focusing on students and residents is vital for the specialty of Family Medicine to survive in the ever-changing health care environment.
“Living with an attitude of gratitude” is a quotation that I try to live by daily. Life does get busy and difficult at times, which often makes it a challenge. Regarding gratitude, the support I receive from my family and friends and my faith are treasures to me.
As Family Physicians, we need to remember why we chose this field of medicine. We need to lead by example and remember the basic principles our Specialty was founded upon. Our specialty calls for us to care for all members of the family from birth to death. We need to stay current with the ever-evolving practice of medicine, and not lose sight of our mission. As Family Physicians, we need to practice the principles that make up patient care, which includes not only our patients’ physical well-being, but also their emotional and spiritual well-being,
I enjoy the outdoors including fishing and camping and like to travel. I stay active exercising and playing tennis. I especially love to spend time with my family and friends.