Dr. Mark Dawson of Rayne became the 65th president of the LAFP.
Dr. Dawson is a Family Physician, Pediatrician who has practiced in Rayne, since 1980. He is a past president of the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners (LSBME) and presently holds the position on the LSBME reserved for rural physicians.
Dr. Dawson attended LSU Baton Rouge from 1970-1973 and was accepted to LSU Medical School, New Orleans after 3 years of college. He received his medical degree from LSU Medical School New Orleans in December, 1976. His first residency was in Family Medicine at W.O. Moss Regional Hospital where he was Chief Resident his senior year.
He then practiced in Rayne for 8 years in the field of Family Medicine.
His second residency was in pediatrics at Earl K. Long Hospital which he completed in 1990.
Dr. Dawson is board certified by both the American Board of Family Practice and the American Board of Pediatrics, having been re-certified by both recently.
He is a member of the Louisiana State Medical Society, the American Academy of Family Practice, the Louisiana Academy of Family Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Louisiana Coroners Association.
Dr. Dawson continued his education by obtaining an MBA degree from LSU in 1995.
His major interests are in the field of practice management. He lectures to residents and students on a regular basis on practice management topics.
He holds faculty appointments and regularly teaches junior and senior students from three different medical schools: LSU School of Medicine, New Orleans, Tulane University School of Medicine, and Nova Southeastern School of Osteopathic Medicine.
In 2003 he was named “Preceptor of the Year” for excellence and enthusiasm in teaching of Family Medicine by the Department of Family and Community Medicine, Tulane University School of Medicine.
He also is a faculty member at the Family Medicine Residency Program at Lake Charles Memorial Hospital, an LSU program in the Department of Family Medicine.
On a personal note Dr. Dawson has been the coroner of Acadia Parish since 1983.
He and his wife, Linda, have four daughters, one granddaughter and two grandsons
He remains a strong advocate for rural physicians and physicians in training from rural Louisiana.
About the Louisiana Academy of Family Physicians Established in 1947, the Louisiana Academy of Family Physicians (LAFP) is one of the state’s largest primary care organizations, with more than 1,500 member physicians, residents and medical students throughout the State of Louisiana.