2021 Top Doctors: Laura Champagne, M.D. & Lloyd Champagne, M.D.

Editorial StaffMay 5, 2021
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Photography by Steve Craft
Photography by Steve Craft

Laura Champagne, M.D.

Breast Cancer Surgery

Med School/Year Graduated: University of Missouri-Kansas City/1999

Years in Practice: 17

What inspired you to specialize in breast cancer surgery?

I like being an advocate for women and women’s health. I feel like breast surgery really allows me to make a difference for women.

Do you believe breast cancer awareness campaigns are working? What specifically do you wish more women knew?

I have a lot of women tell me that they didn’t think that they would be the one to get breast cancer since they didn’t have any family history of breast cancer. I wish that all women knew that we are all at risk for breast cancer regardless of family history, and we all should be getting our mammograms.

What are some new advancements in the surgical field that have developed in the past five or 10 years?

We are getting better and better cosmetic results with more implementation of nipple-sparing mastectomies, oncoplastic closures for lumpectomies, and more advanced tissue reconstruction.

You and Lloyd have uncoupled but remain friends and co-parent four children. Is raising kids made more or less tricky by the specific demands of your specialty?

Well, making sure I focus on my work and raising the kids certainly takes a lot of multitasking. Luckily, both Lloyd and I have more stable hours as our practices have matured. That has helped tremendously.

Do you have any hobbies or interests you pursue in your spare time?

I love to play tennis!

“If I wasn’t a doctor, I’d be…”

An engineer, like my father.

Lloyd Champagne, M.D.

Hand Surgery

Med School/Year Graduated: Louisiana State University/1990

Years in Practice: 20

What are the most common hand injuries or maladies that you treat?

Traumatic hand injuries and chronic hand conditions. These include fractures of the wrist and hand, along with tendon, nerve or artery injuries as well as complex wounds. The chronic injuries include those such as carpal tunnel and thumb base pain.

Some hand surgeons come up through orthopedics. Others, like you, come up through plastic surgery. Are your competencies any different, in terms of which injuries you treat?

The competencies depend on where the surgeon trained and who they are as a person. Most basic competencies are similar.

What are some new advancements in the surgical field that have developed in the past five or 10 years?

Fracture fixation is significantly better. New intramedullary techniques allow immediate use of the hand, less pain, and the final arc of motion of the finger is usually better.

What’s the last book you read?

The historical book The Littler Legacy, about an innovative plastic surgeon teacher.

What are you watching on streaming TV these days?

I’m forced to watch children-friendly TV shows. The Mandalorian series is great.

Do you have any hobbies or interests you pursue in your spare time?

Four young children keep me busy. I am a terrible piano player, but I try. I cook like a rookie. I’m just glad I can do hand surgery.

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