Doctors' Day

Every day our doctors go above and beyond to extend our healing ministry in the communities we serve. On Wednesday, March 30 we recognize Doctors' Day and express our gratitude to the talented men and women who guide us to achieve and maintain better health.

Thank Your Doc

Nothing means more to our doctors than hearing from their patients and team members firsthand. Use the form below to create a digital thank you card for a doctor.

In honor of Doctors' Day, we are highlighting a few of our many doctors who serve our community.

David Tran, DPM

What is your specialty?
Podiatric Surgery

Why did you choose your specialty?
I chose podiatry due to the multifaceted nature of the field. It combines aspects of multiple different specialties to treat a wide array of challenging pathologies.

If you weren’t a doctor, what would you do?
If I was not a physician, I would have studied history and pursued a career as a museum curator.

How do you ensure your patients feel heard during their visit?
I view myself as a patient liaison, whose job is to help them navigate their problems and possible treatment options. I make it a point to thoroughly discuss the benefits and risks of each option I present to the patient. I believe this makes the patient feel more involved in the decision-making process and understand the rationale behind it.

What is something that people may be surprised to know about you?
Something people would be surprised to know is I am a diehard Pittsburgh Steelers fan.

Why did you choose the Medical Group?
I chose the St. Francis Medical Group because of its strong leadership in administration. This group, unlike many throughout the nation, works very cohesively with the providers in the organization. Together, without contention, this allows for more fluid, dynamic and efficient delivery of healthcare to the Monroe/West Monroe community at large.

Resham Poudel, MD

What is your specialty?
Endocrinology

Why did you choose your specialty?
During early years of my medical school, I was more fascinated by the physiology of endocrine system including nutrition and metabolism which have profound effect on most of the organ systems. Glucose regulation and diabetes were the initial enticing chapters to drive me into this field, however now I am more interested in a pituitary disease and neuro endocrinology.

What do you like most about being a doctor?
Being able to apply knowledge and skill directly to human biology, which I think is unique among sciences.

If you weren’t a doctor, what would you do?
If I weren’t a doctor, I would likely be a mathematician.

How do you ensure your patients feel heard during their visit?
I give them enough time to explain their feelings at the beginning of the visit. After that, I will explain my opinions and provide them with the different options for investigation and treatment and let them decide the next step while answering questions and providing feedback. I always give them time to express any other concerns at the end of the visit.

What is something that people may be surprised to know about you?
Well, it may not be a surprise, but I watch, read and follow American comics and science fiction very closely.

Why did you choose the Medical Group?
I did my fellowship training at LSU in Shreveport, and I felt like not going too far from home when I joined the group while also having the opportunity to help the same patient population from who I learned a lot during the training. I remain employed with the group because of great support system, excellent benefits, and welcoming to make any changes needed to make for positive impact in patient care.

Sara Grandy, MD

What is your specialty?
Family Medicine

Why did you choose your specialty?
During my training, I enjoyed treating people of all ages. This made choosing to practice family medicine an easy decision.

What do you like most about being a doctor?
I enjoy building patient-physician relationships with my patients and hearing about both their success stories and trials. Medicine is all about teamwork, and the patient is the most important member of their healthcare team.

If you weren't a doctor, what would you do?
If I were not a doctor, I would have become a physical therapist. However, in more recent years, I believe I would have also loved being a hospice nurse.

How do you ensure your patients feel heard during their visit?
Taking the time to LISTEN to my patients and assuring my patients know they can come to me for all their acute and/or chronic conditions. A few moments of listening and being silent can be powerful.

What is something that people may be surprised to know about you?
I lived in Africa for a month during a mission trip and have also visited Honduras twice on mission trips.

Why did you choose the Medical Group?
I chose to work with the St. Francis Medical Group because of the sense of community and belonging I felt when interviewing. I have not been disappointed since I have started practicing here. We are a great team!