The Mississippi Academy of Family Physicians has named Dr. Lucius M. “Luke” Lampton, of Magnolia, as the 2013 MAFP Family Physician of the Year. Each year, the award is presented to the physician contributing the most to the development of family medicine in the state. Although he now practices in rural Mississippi, Lampton was born in Jackson into a physician’s family. His leadership and scholarship abilities were recognized early on in both high school and college where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa with honors. He was awarded his medical degree from the University of Mississippi School of Medicine in 1993 and stayed on to complete his Family Medicine residency. He is licensed to practice medicine in Mississippi, Louisiana, and Ontario, Canada, where he serves as a volunteer canoe camp doctor.
Lampton practices at the Magnolia Clinic and serves as medical director of Beacham Memorial Hospital. A past president of the MAFP, Lampton has been actively involved in the academy over the years and is currently an AAFP delegate. In 2006, he received the James C. Waites M.D. Leadership award presented to a Mississippi State Medical Association member under the age of 50 who exhibits outstanding leadership skills in organized medicine and community affairs.
Lampton’s dedication to Family Medicine can be seen in his involvement in the establishment of the nationally recognized Mississippi Rural Physicians Scholarship Program, and he continues to serve on the legislative commission, which is charged with its oversight. Lampton also played a leadership role in the recent creation of the Mississippi Office of Physician Workforce. In 2006, he was appointed to the Mississippi State Board of Health by Gov. Haley Barbour and was promptly elected chair. He was then reappointed to a six-year term in 2007 and has served as chair since that time, one of the longest serving chairs in the Board’s history. In 2013, Gov. Phil Bryant reappointed Lampton to another term on the Board.
Widely known for historic preservation efforts, Lampton currently serves as president of the Foundation for Mississippi History. Lampton also serves as editor and publisher of The Magnolia Gazette. He served as medical editor of the soon to be published Mississippi Encyclopedia, and he contributed an essay to the recently published New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture. He has served as the editor of the Journal of the Mississippi State Medical Association since 2004, where he has written hundreds of articles on a variety of medical topics.
Lampton is married to the former Louise Lyell of Jackson and they have two sons, Crawford and Garland.