Summer Road Trip 2020
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The Louisiana State Medical Society invites members to join us as we hit the screen across Louisiana for our third annual Summer Road Trip!

When: Thursday, September 3, 2020, 6 p.m.

Where: Your computer or smartphone!


  • COVID-19 Pandemic Report with Jimmy Guidry, MD, State Health Officer of Louisiana and Medical Director for the Louisiana Department of Health (LDH)
  • 2020 Legislative Recap - what's next?
  • Legislative Panel with House Health and Welfare Chairman Larry Bagley and Senate Health and Welfare Chairman Fred Mills
  • LSMS Society News: More Than A Membership, 2021 House of Delegates

For more information, email LSMS Operations and Special Projects Manager, Sarah Edwards,

Special Guests:

Jimmy Guidry, MD, is currently the State Health Officer of Louisiana, and also serves as the Medical Director for the Louisiana Department of Health (LDH). Prior to this, Dr. Guidry served as the Assistant Secretary for the Office of Public Health from October 1996 through January 2000, and as Medical Director of the Acadian Region from April 1990 through April 1991. In addition, Dr. Guidry served as Director of Adolescent Services at LSU School of Medicine, Pediatric Department, Earl K. Long Hospital from January 1985 to March 1990. He also worked in Pediatric Private Practice from July 1981 through December 1984.

Dr. Guidry presently chairs various task forces, including the DHH Obesity Task Force, the Child Death Review Panel, and the Governor’s Task Force on Tuberculosis.

He has received numerous awards and honors. He is well respected among his peers and is sought-after for many speaking engagements. He also represents the state of Louisiana at many medical and environmental engagements across the country.

He received his Bachelor of Science from the University of Southwestern in 1974, earned his doctorate from the Louisiana State University School of Medicine in 1978, and completed his residency at Earl K. Long Hospital in 1981. He has been Board Certified since 1984 and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Dr. Guidry has a strong interest in the medical care of the citizens of Louisiana and works diligently towards the delivery of services in our state.


Senator Fred H. Mills, Jr. has represented Senate District 22 in the Louisiana Legislature since 2011. In 2016, he was appointed by Senate President John Alario to serve as the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Health and Welfare, overseeing the physical, behavioral, and social health care policy and legislative directives governing the citizens of Louisiana. In January 2020, Senate President Patrick “Page” Cortez reappointed Senator Mills to serve as Chairman of the Senate Committee on Health and Welfare and also appointed him as Senate Parliamentarian (2020-2024). He also serves on the following Senate committees:
Finance (interim member), Select Committee on Coastal Restoration & Flood Protection and the Select Committee on Women and Children.

Prior to being elected to the Senate, he represented House District 46 in the Louisiana House of Representatives from 2007 to 2011. He has been the author of several pieces of monumental legislation regarding behavioral healthcare, access to physical therapy, medical marijuana, and numerous bills tackling the opioid crisis. Senator Mills began his lifetime of public service in 2000, when he was elected to the St. Martin Parish Council, serving in that capacity for eight years.

In addition to his public service, Senator Mills has been the President and CEO of Farmers Merchants Bank and Trust for eighteen years and a pharmacist and owner of Cashway Pharmacy in Parks, LA since 1980. Previously, he served as the executive director for the Louisiana Board of Pharmacy. Senator Mills serves on numerous public and private boards and commissions including the Acadian Ambulance Board and was the founder and is the current President and CEO of the St. Martin Economic Development Authority (SMEDA). He has received countless prestigious awards for his outstanding commitment not only to the people of his Senate District, but throughout the entire state. Senator Mills is a graduate of Breaux Bridge High School and the University of Louisiana at Monroe, College of Pharmacy. He is happily married to his loving wife, Debbie, for 44 years.


Larry Bagley of Logansport was first elected to the Louisiana House of Representatives as State Representative for House District 7 in 2015 and began his 1st term in January 2016. Rep. Bagley was re-elected without any opposition in 2019 and began his second term in January 2020. Larry Bagley has been involved in education most of his life, retiring after 44 years. Most of those years were spent as a coach and Assistant Principal.

He is the manager and co-owner of Bagley Farms in Longstreet, his family business since birth, with oil, gas and timber the primary revenue sources. A dairy and beef farm at one time, Larry, as the oldest of four children he was counted on to help manage the family farm. This gave Larry the opportunity to learn about hard work, accountability and the sanctity of life. He has used these tools to find success in life.

He is a member of many local organizations, including the DeSoto Parish Chamber of Commerce and the NRA. He is a member of the La. Rural Caucus and the Republican Caucus. He currently serves on the Health and Welfare Committee as Chairman, Appropriations as an Interim Member, the House Select Leadership Committee, and the Joint Select Committee on Louisiana Economic Recovery.

Larry has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Baptist Christian College of Shreveport in Elementary Education, a Master of Education degree from Stephen F. Austin University, and +30 from Northwestern Louisiana University.