Cozad 300 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 Dr. Madeline Cozad.
 
If you attended the 72nd Annual Assembly, the name, Madeline Cozad, might ring a bell. Dr. Cozad hosted the lecture, Reproductive Health Care: Conversations for Family Physicians and Their Patients, on Thursday. Dr. Cozad was an active member of the California Academy of Family Physicians and the speaker for the educational lecture developed by CAFP. We are so happy to welcome her back home!
 

Get to Know Dr. Cozad

Tell us a little more about yourself.
I am originally from New Orleans. I completed her undergraduate studies at University of Georgia and then worked as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Lesotho. I earned my medical degree from LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans and completed my residency training at Contra Costa Regional Medical Center in Martinez, California. I am currently working as an Assistant Professor of Clinical Family Medicine at the LSU School of Medicine and has clinic at University Medical Center.
 
Why did you choose family medicine?
I did not have much exposure to family medicine growing up. In between my first and second year of medical school, I went on a trip to help provide care at mobile clinics in rural India. Many of the providers on the trip were family medicine doctors and I was amazed at their breadth of knowledge. After that experience, I was resolved to one day be as useful to my patients and my community as they were. The diverse skill set that comes from family medicine training is valuable in any setting, but it is especially beneficial in underserved communities.
 
What’s your favorite aspect of family medicine?
I love being able to care for everyone in the family unit. I think you get a much fuller understanding of someone’s health when you have that insight into the dynamics in the household and the context in which they live their lives. I also treasure the special bond that comes from being the “family doctor”.
 
What is the most interesting or memorable experience you have had when dealing with a patient?
During residency, I took care of a lovely Nepalese family (including both parents, two children, and grandparents). After I delivered the newest addition, they invited me to the child’s naming ceremony. I was happy to go and be a spectator, but I did not know that they would actually incorporate me into the ceremony! I was so honored to be a part of that day and it was a cultural experience that I will never forget.
 
What is the most important quality a family physician should have?
I think curiosity is an important characteristic for a family medicine doctor. Being a physician means being a life long learner. I learn new things from my colleagues and my patients every day. I have found that having a desire for knowledge has been fundamental to my growth as a physician. I have also found that asking my patients, “Why do you think that?” or “Why do you ask that?” helps me better understand their thought processes and motivations.
 
If you weren’t a physician, what would you be doing with your career right now?
I would probably be a journalist. I think it would incorporate a lot of the aspects that I love about medicine- learning about people and their stories, educating others, and hopefully serving as a force for positive change in the world.
 
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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