Meridian Star

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June 26, 2007

Meridian native named Family Doctor of Year

A small town doctor with local ties is making big news in medicine.

Dr. John C. Fleming, formerly of Meridian, has been selected 2007 Louisiana Family Doctor of the Year by the Louisiana Academy of Family Physicians.

Fleming was presented the title this week during the organization’s annual assembly and luncheon in New Orleans. Honorees are nominated by a fellow family physician who is an academy member.

“Anytime your colleague nominates you for this award, it is certainly a very big honor,” said Fleming, who, since 1992, has been in private practice in what he describes as “the small, quiet” town of Minden, La.

In addition to nomination by an associate, candidates are critiqued by their accomplishments and civic activities, letters of recommendations from other colleagues and patients are considered. A committee makes the final selection.

“To actually be selected for this honor, it really makes you feel good when your colleagues recognize you,” he said.

Fleming also was recently selected as one of “America’s Top Family Doctors” by the Consumer’s Research Council of America.



Home grown



The son of the late John C. Sr. and Ruth Fleming, Fleming is a product of the Meridian Public School District. A Meridian High School graduate, he proudly notes that he played on the Wildcat championship football teams in 1968 and 1969 under Coach Bob Tyler.

“There wasn’t anything notable about my playing, but the team did very well and had a lot of success in those two years that Coach Tyler was coach,” he said.

Fleming credits his interest in medicine to his grandmother, the late Pauline Giles, who was a licensed practical nurse for several years at the now defunct St. Joseph Hospital.

“She was a big inspiration to me — not only in terms of health care and the interesting stories that she would tell me, but she was just an inspiring person,” he said.

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