Pejic headshot web 01LAFP is very proud to recognize Rade N. Pejic, MD, MMM as our November member of the month.  Dr. Pejic is a board-certified family medicine physician and the lead physician of the Tulane Uptown Square Multispecialty Center. Dr. Pejic was born in New Jersey but spent most of his youth in Northwest Indiana before moving to New Orleans in 1993. Dr. Pejic went to Tulane University for both undergraduate and medical school, receiving his undergraduate Bachelor of Science in Cell & Molecular Biology. He graduated with AOA honors from Tulane School of Medicine. Dr. Pejic completed his family medicine residency at UCLA-Santa Monica in Santa Monica, CA. He completed a family medicine faculty development fellowship at UNC-Chapel Hill and his Masters in of Medical Management at Tulane University School of Public Health.

After completing residency in Los Angeles, he returned to join the department of family medicine at Tulane. Dr. Pejic states, “I quickly realized that I’d need more training to become a competent physician educator, so I completed the family medicine faculty development fellowship at UNC-Chapel Hill, NC. Since completing the fellowship, I became more involved with our family medicine clerkship and eventually ascended to the role of clerkship director.” He continues, “I’m interested in preventive cardiology and complex lipid disorders. I’ve completed additional training in lipidology and enjoy reading and writing about lipid-related topics.”

When asked about how he chose to be a family physician, he states, “As most family physicians will attest, I enjoy taking care of the whole patient. And, I like being able handle to bulk of a patient’s medical problems. Also, it’s really fun and rewarding to learn about people’s lives and their families.” He continues, “I was inspired by my dad and grandfather. Both were doctors in small towns and were very personable. Seeing the impact they had on people’s lives was moving.”

Dr. Pejic is the family medicine clerkship director at Tulane. The clerkship is a 6-week experience where students have an opportunity to join a community-based family physician to learn about primary care practice through a structured, yet “real world” clinical experience with a mentor. We asked him what advice he shares with his students. He answered, “Listen more and speak less. Slow down when speaking. And, stay curious.”

Dr. Pejic is married and credits balancing the demands of career, leadership, family and his own well-being “by having a loving, supportive, and understanding wife. Also, I try to focus on the task at hand to avoid being distracted. Finally, I try to practice mindfulness every day.” He and his wife, April, have two awesome children, William (15) and O’Hara (12), and adorable golden doodle named Scout.

Dr. Pejic has been playing electric bass guitar since the age of 13. He states, “At one point, I thought I might pursue music as a career. Presently, I play bass and write songs with my original rock band, Black Laurel. We have two albums out and plan to start recording songs for a third album.”

You can hear more from Dr. Pejic is this video, https://medicine.tulane.edu/departments/family-community-medicine/faculty/rade-pejic-md-mmm

LAFP’s Member of the Month program highlights Louisiana family physicians in the 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 Lee Ann Albert at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone at 225.301.1947.

 

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