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 Brandon Page, MD as our June Member of the Month.
Dr. Brandon Page grew up in Baton Rouge, LA, where he attended LSU for his undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences. After attending American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine in St. Maarten, he completed his residency in Family Medicine at Deaconess Family Medicine Residency in Evansville, IN. Dr. Page serves on the LAFP Board of Directors and is currently employed with Ochsner Health System in Gretna, LA.
Dr. Page truly enjoys taking care of patients and striving to develop relationships of mutual respect with each one.
Get to Know Dr. Page
Why did you choose family medicine, what’s your favorite aspect of it, and were you inspired by anyone?
I chose family medicine because growing up, Family Doctors were I all I knew. I had two main family doctors growing up in Mississippi: Dr. David Moody and Dr. Gordon McHenry. These physicians were amazing with their patients and would meet you in the middle of the night if need be. They showed amazing empathy and were major role models for me. Family Medicine has changed a lot over the years, but my favorite part has always been taking care of the family as a whole. It’s a great gift to have when a family trusts each member to you to maintain their health.
What one word or phrase characterizes your style of family medicine?
“one of a kind”. Even through residency, my attendings always said I had my own unique way of interacting with patients. I learn how my patients respond to situations and what makes them open up the most and then curtail how I interact with them to get them to be open and honest about their health.
What is the biggest opportunity you see in the specialty in the next five years?
The biggest opportunity in Family Medicine right now is the fact we are moving towards a focus on primary care as the focus has become more on preventative medicine. This is a great thing to help educate patients and their families on how to stay on top of their health and catch diseases early in order to get them the best chances for a positive outcome.
What is the most important quality a family physician should have?
The most important quality a family physician can have is passion. This is a tough field that requires you to put in a lot of hours and give of yourself physically and emotionally. If you keep the passion for family medicine going it will make the trials and tribulations worth it in the end.
What goals have you set for your future?
I would like to eventually do more work with PrEP therapy as prevention of HIV is something I am very passionate about. I would also like to start having more of a role in administration to help get primary care the necessary resources we need to realistically manage and prevent chronic diseases.
Tell us about a project in which you are involved and why is important to you?
I am involved at Ochsner West Bank as a Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) Physician. I work with patients that are at higher risk of contracting HIV. This is something very important to me as I have lost patients in the past to this disease and want to do all I can to help prevent its spread as well as identifying newly infected patients, so that they can get the treatment they need.
What do you believe makes someone a success?
Someone is a success when they can end a journey (professionally or personally) content with how he/she handled themselves and knowing that what they did mad a difference. Success is not something that can be measured with satisfaction surveys or with how many patients you got to meet your metric goals.
Where is your favorite getaway?
I have 2: New York City and Chicago. I love going to places where I can keep occupied and not think about work even if only for a few days.