BradenThe LAFP is proud to recognize Dr. Chad Braden, MD for the month of February. Dr. Braden is a practicing physician in the Baton Rouge area. He earned him medical degree from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and where he also completed his residency. Dr. Braden is an Associate Medical Director for Primary Care and Medical Specialties with Ochsner. He is also a clinical instructor for the University of Queensland Ochsner Clinical School and Franciscan Missionaries of our Lady University. Dr. Braden has two children who are 19 and 8 years old.

Get to Know Dr. Braden

Why did you choose family medicine?

Training allowed the breadth of knowledge to help the most people in the most diverse ways. Also, my role model/mentor is my father. He is still a small-town family practitioner in south Arkansas.

What attracted you to practice in Louisiana?

Close to home but not too close. I love the culture and people. Part of my upbringing was in Hawaii and believe it or not a lot of similarities with the wonderful blending of cultures, cuisines and a love for the outdoors

What is something the “real world” has taught you about being a family physician that medical school didn’t teach you?

You really do learn to love taking care of people/families and just trying to identify the most obscure disease

How do you make a difference in family medicine and in your community?

Teach, volunteer

If you weren’t a physician, what would you be doing with your career right now?

Fish farmer

Tell us something fun about yourself:

I enjoy traveling with my kids and trying to avoid injury as I relive my youth with ocean and winter sports.


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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