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 Dianna Phan, MD as our March Member of the Month.
Dr. Dianna Phan earned her medical degree from American University of the Caribbean and completed her residency at LSU Rural Family Medicine Bogalusa, LA where she also served as Chief Resident. Dr. Phan is board certified in Family Medicine, Obesity Medicine and has certification for wound care. She is currently practicing on the West Bank at Ochsner Health system.
Get to Know Dr. Phan
I enjoy spending time with my family, friends and dogs. I also enjoy the activities that are unique New Orleans such as Mardi Gras, music festivals and art gallery shopping. I love being a part of a Mardi Gras Krewe. #HailTucks
If you weren’t a physician, what would you be doing with your career right now?
I have no idea. I’m happy being a family physician.
How have your personal experiences influenced and inspired your work?
Yes, of course. My parents are immigrants from Vietnam. Growing up, they instilled in me their ethics and dedication to hard work and the ability to accomplish their dreams.
Why did you choose family medicine, what’s your favorite aspect of it, and were you inspired by anyone?
I chose family medicine because I enjoy seeing patients in an outpatient setting. I like having the opportunity to develop a relationship with my patients. I can do procedures if needed. We are also given opportunity to have other certifications such as obesity medicine or wound care. I am also interested in other venues to treat patients such as acupuncture.
What is something the “real world” has taught you about being a family physician that medical school didn’t teach you?
I’ve learned that it is important to figure out the work-life balance. I think family medicine is a career that offers us an opportunity to take care of our patients but also give us time to take care of ourselves and our families. This makes us happier and better physicians.
Were you inspired by anyone?
What is the biggest opportunity or challenge you see in the specialty in the next five years?
Population health management is both an opportunity and a challenge. I think that we are being provided the resources to make changes to health care but there are a lot of obstacles such as how we do it or how we can make it better.
I believe that success comes from hard work and the ability to adapt. We live in a world where technology is the driver of change. It offers us new and different opportunities to care for our patients.