DR. JOHN FLEMING SELECTED AS 2007 LOUISIANA
FAMILY DOCTOR OF THE YEAR
The 2007 Louisiana Family Physician of the Year being presented by Dr. Gravois to Dr. Fleming at the Annual Assembly in New Orleans on June 23, 2007
Minden resident Dr. John C. Fleming, author of the celebrated new book “Preventing Addiction,” was awarded the title this week, of 2007 Louisiana Family Doctor of the Year by the Louisiana Academy of Family Physicians at that organization’s annual assembly and luncheon in New Orleans. This titled qualified Dr. Fleming to be eligible for the national American Academy of Family Physicians’ Family Doctor of the Year Award.
Dr. Fleming was also recently selected as one of “America’s Top Family Doctors” by the Consumer’s Research Council of America.
Formerly from Meridian, Mississippi, Dr. Fleming attended the University of Mississippi for his undergraduate and medical education and received his MD in 1976. He served as chief resident during the last year of his three year residency in Family Medicine at the Naval Regional Medical Center, Camp Pendleton, California. During his residency, he trained at the drug and alcohol treatment unit at Navy Regional Medical Center in Long Beach, California which was then a pioneer in chemical dependency treatment. He is board certified in his specialty and has been recertified every several years as required by the American Board of Family Practice.
While serving in the U.S. Navy after his residency, Dr. Fleming practices military family medicine on the Island of Guam as well as in Charleston, S.C. He maintained a varied professional and community presence in the private sector while in the Navy. He served as Guam’s director of drug and alcohol treatment and chairman of the Navy’s Family Advocacy Committee for Guam from 1979-1981.
Since 1982, Dr. Fleming has been in private practice. Areas of emphasis for his practice have been the treatment of depression, attention span disorder and chronic disease prevention. He is also an MRO (Medical Review Officer) which is a special certification for doctors who undergo training and testing to be able to administer and interpret drug testing for company employees.
As an author of a new book called, “Preventing Addiction: What Parents Must Know to Immunize Their Kids Against Drug and Alcohol Addiction,” Dr. Fleming has been a guest on numerous national broadcast shows to talk about his book which aims to arm parents with ways to recognize potential problems in children and to educate them about ways they can prevent children from becoming life-long addicts. He has spoken out recently about new products that have been introduced to the market that seem to encourage underage drinking and about ‘pharm parties,” where youths organize to down fistfuls of prescription painkillers such as Vicodin and Oxycontin which often send them to emergency rooms overdosed on potentially lethal combinations of pills.
Dr. Fleming practices as Minden Medical Center, a local community hospital where he has served on a number of committees as well as president of the medical staff and on the hospital board.
Dr. Fleming and his wife Cindy have been married since 1978. They have four children, ranging in age from 17 to 27. His family members have been active members of the First Baptist Church in Minden, LA where Dr. Fleming has served as a deacon and is currently a Sunday school department director.