The Physicians' Health Foundation of Louisiana


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As you know, physicians, physician assistants, podiatrists, medical psychologists, dentists, dental hygienists, and veterinarians (health care professionals) take care of others continuously. However, these health care providers also need assistance at times, and we want you to know that it is ok to ask for help.

The primary role of the HPFL Professionals’ Health Program (PHP) to offer assistance to health care professionals who may be suffering from difficulties such as substance use issues, depression, anxiety, etc., in addition to a host of physical ailments and disruptive behavioral patterns. The HPFL PHP supports health care professionals who are in our program and advocates for them with hospitals, health plan networks, malpractice insurance carriers, licensure boards, etc.

Our Mission

Providing assistance with the identification, treatment, and monitoring of physicians, physician assistants, podiatrists, medical psychologists, dentists, dental hygienists, and veterinarians who suffer from a physical or mental condition, in order to promote patient safety and to ensure the continued availability of skilled professionals.

What is an impaired professional?

An impaired professional is one who is unable to practice medicine with reasonable skill and safety to patients.  Impairment could be due to mental illness, substance abuse, or a physical condition.

Confidentiality is Key

We highly value the confidentiality of our participants as well as the confidentiality of those reporting concerns of actual or potential impairment of a health care professional.  If you or someone you know needs help, please contact us for assistance.  Early intervention could save someone's life.

The Perils of Perfectionism or How to Become One’s Own Worst Enemy

by Dr. Claude Johnson

Let me tell you a true story… Dr. Jonathan Drummond-Webb was a rising star in the field of paediatric Canadian surgery. With degrees from some of the most prestigious universities, he held positions of great responsibility and was the Congenital and Paediatric Surgery Chair. One Boxing Day, after years of professional success, he committed suicide. He was 45. Did certain aspects of Dr. Drummond-Webb’s personality contribute to his death?

WE ARE LIVING IN A SOCIETY which loves and values excellence, especially in medicine. We congratulate and admire our colleagues who achieve exceptional performance. Doctors have certain personality traits which allow them to perform superior quality work, and that is how it should be.

However, while it is important to recognize and honour physicians who, through hard work and determination, have achieved great things, we should also look at the consequences of this quest and this constant show of excellence.

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The PHFL provided me with guidance, support, and a structured environment in order to assist me in my rehabilitation and restore my professional standing. Their sustained efforts enabled me to have my medical license re-instated, obtain medical malpractice insurance, and return to the practice of medicine.  Louisiana physicians are very fortunate to have access to the PHFL.

- Mandeville, LA

My relationship with the PHP is a very positive one. Their guidance and guidelines have shaped my personal recovery program. Their advocacy on my behalf with licensing and credentialing boards has allowed me to return to the practice of medicine with the support and confidence of my peers.  It also gives me comfort to know they are on my side should the need arise.

- Lafayette, LA

The PHP has unquestionably been my advocate.  I entered this program feeling like a lost child.  They took me under their wing as would my own parents when I had nowhere else to turn.  For this, I will be forever grateful.

- Destrehan, LA

I have been in the PHP for four years now.  The PHP has been supportive of me at every turn, even traveling to another board with me, as that state does not have a program.  The PHP has been the ultimate advocate for me and I appreciate it.  It has simplified things for me.

- Shreveport, LA

The HPFLA literally saved my life, and I am very grateful.  They also provided me with a way to continue my career as a physician.  To any physician with an addiction, I would remind them there is a way out.  A little painful at first, but totally worth it!!!!  Thank you!!!

- Metairie, LA

Trust the process...this is what I would tell future HPFL participants.  Coping mechanisms, learning my limitations, and regaining confidence in myself is what I attribute to the HPFL program.

- New Orleans, LA

Being in a monitoring program has been nothing but a positive experience for me. Everyone on staff at the PHP has always been pleasant, understanding, and showed true interest in my recovery and growth.

- Metairie, LA

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