The LAFP is excited to recognize Dr. Jody George as our December Member of the Month. Dr. George has practiced Family Medicine for 20 years in Southwest Louisiana and opened his private practice, Family Care Center of SWLA 17 years ago in Westlake, Louisiana. His practice is a 3-provider practice set in the heart of Louisiana’s Industry and Oil Refineries. Dr. George has also served as a physician for the Johnson Bayou Health Clinic in the rural town of Johnson Bayou in Cameron Parish along the coast of the Gulf of Mexico. He has served Johnson Bayou for 17 years.
Dr. George is committed to his family, community, and teaching. As an exchange student in Avion, France, he was exposed to medicine for the first time. Dr. Paul Duc, his French father, was a physician and inspired Dr. George to pursue a degree in medicine. He started his career in medicine as a Surgical Intensive Care nurse for the Level 1 Trauma Center at LSU Shreveport. From there he attended medical school at American University of the Caribbean. He completed his family medicine residency program at LSU Health-Shreveport where he served as chief resident.
Dr. George, being a Southwest Louisiana native, has worked hard to return to the area after medical school. He is proud to be a part of and serving the community of Westlake. Dr. George sponsors the local high school sports teams and robotics programs. Dr. George volunteers his time conducting sports physicals for the local high schools as well as summer and winter camp physicals for the local Boy Scouts of America. Dr. George works closely with the local first response team as the oversite physician for the Westlake Fire Department EMT program. Following hurricanes Laura and Delta, Dr. George teamed with local pharmacies to care for the community providing medical services as part of disaster relief and coordinating care for misplaced patients in other cities and states. Dr. George is known for still making house calls for his homebound patients. Dr. George also sits on the community board of Sasol Industries. Dr. George volunteers his services for the residents of the local Methodist Children’s Home of Southwest Louisiana.
Dr. George truly enjoys teaching. He precepts for Tulane Medical University, William Carey School of Osteopathic Medicine, and Louisiana State University School of Medicine. His goal is to give medical students hands-on experience in Family Medicine. He teaches them how to engage with patients, listen to the patients and make them feel heard. He teaches them that each patient is unique, and he pushes them to think outside the box. He wants every student, even if they are not considering Family Medicine as their field, to understand the role Family Medicine plays in patient care. He often finds himself learning from his students as well. Dr. George continues to support the local LSU residency in memory of his grandfather with an annual scholarship to spotlight the contributions of those teaching our future Family Medicine doctors.
Dr. George is married to his beautiful wife, Amy, of 23 years. They have 3 children, Will, 21, studying Chemical Engineering at LSU; Rebekah, 17, graduating high school in May planning to attend McNeese State University next fall; and Robert, 14, attends Westlake High School. When Dr. George isn’t caring for his patients, his biggest joy is spending time with his family and cooking. Cooking is his other enjoyment in life. If he had the opportunity, he would have considered culinary school. He is also pursuing a certificate in Theology at the Reformed Bible College in Orlando, FL. He attends Maplewood Baptist Church in Sulphur, LA. where he teaches Sunday school.
Please join us in congratulating Dr. Jody George as our Member of the Month!