LSU Health NO’s Campbell Named Family Physician of the Year

James Campbell, MD, Associate Professor and Director of the Kenner Family Medicine Residency Program at LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine, has been selected as the Family Physician of 2017 by the Louisiana Academy of Family Physicians. The award honors “Dr. Campbell's years of service to his patients, his dedication to Family Medicine, and his contributions to developing and improving the profession for future physicians and their patients.”

Campbell joined the faculty of LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine in 2000. He has facilitated physician oversight at LSU Health New Orleans Student-Run Homeless Clinic for the past two years.

Campbell has contributed significantly in meeting Louisiana’s primary care workforce needs by leading the LSU Health New Orleans Family Medicine Residency Program based in Kenner. This postgraduate training program provides positions for six first-year, six second-year, and six third-year Family Medicine residents. Campbell’s leadership helped reopen the LSU Health New Orleans Family Medicine Kenner clinic, a primary training site, after Hurricane Katrina.

A board-certified Family Physician, Campbell is the Medical Director of the Skilled Nursing Facility at St Joseph of Harahan, and Medical Director of the Riverdale School-Based Health Center. Past service has included in-service for the PACE program wound care, and backup medical provider for the New Orleans Zephyrs Baseball Team from 2001 – 2005. He has coordinated blood pressure and weight screenings at the New Orleans Women’s Expo and Kids and Family Expo, coordinated the LSU Health-Kenner No-Cost immunization project, led the “Brown Bag” project to assist patients in need of access to low-cost and free prescription drugs. Campbell has also been an on-site medical provider for participants in NCAA Basketball Tournaments at the Superdome, and for the Sunbelt Conference Track and Field Tournament at Tad Gormley Stadium in New Orleans.    

Campbell served on the State of Louisiana Family Medicine Task Force from 2004-2010, as Medical Staff President at Ochsner Medical Center-Kenner from 2007-2010, and on the Hospital’s Governing Board from 2003-2010.

In the words of Dr. Ray Quebedeaux, one his current residents, “Dr. Campbell has been a great role model for us in terms of professionalism and dedication to medicine, in particular. He's always very respectful and attentive to patients, and takes time to make sure problems are solved before moving on. He keeps the patient first, and makes sure that we do, as well. I've also been impressed with his ability to juggle multiple hats at once, whether it be clinic preceptor, inpatient or wound care clinic. I could say more, but that's a summary of why he's been a good role model for us.”

Established in 1947, the Louisiana Academy of Family Physicians (LAFP) is one of the state’s largest primary care organizations, with more than 1,600 member physicians, residents, and medical students throughout the State of Louisiana. The mission of the LAFP is to promote and support Louisiana's family physicians in providing excellent health care, and to provide a unified voice for family medicine. Its focus every day is to help family physicians spend more time doing what they do best--providing quality and cost-effective patient care.