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March 26, 2008




(JACKSON, Mississippi) – Governor Haley Barbour has reappointed Dr. Luke Lampton, of Magnolia, to the State Board of Health, which governs the Mississippi Department of Health by providing policy direction for the agency.


“The Mississippi Department of Health provides some of state government’s most fundamental and necessary services. I am proud Dr. Lampton has accepted this reappointment so he can continue his good works to ensure health services are delivered to Mississippians,” Governor Barbour said.


Dr. Lampton, who serves as chairman of the Board of Health, currently practices family medicine at the Magnolia Clinic and is past chief of staff at Beacham Memorial Hospital, which is also in Magnolia. He is past president of the Mississippi Academy of Family Physicians and serves as editor of the Journal of the Mississippi State Medical Association. In addition, Dr. Lampton is on the editorial board of the Southern Medical Journal and is an ex-officio member of the board of trustees of the Mississippi State Medical Association. A clinical associate professor at Tulane Medical School of Medicine, Dr. Lampton also works as part of the clinical faculty at the University of Mississippi School of Medicine (UMC). Since 2003, Dr. Lampton has served on the UMC Alumni Association board of directors. In 2006, Dr. Lampton was a Mississippi delegate to the American Medical Association and was an alternate state delegate to the American Academy of Family Physicians Congress of Delegates.


Since 1997, Dr. Lampton has been editor and publisher of the Magnolia Gazette. Under the direction of Dr. Lampton, the weekly newspaper has won over 30 Mississippi Press awards, including first-place awards for his editorials. Dr. Lampton has published several articles and book reviews in various publications, from the Mark Twain Journal to the Journal of Mississippi History.


He is a graduate of Rhodes College, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in history and the University of Mississippi School of Medicine, where he received a doctor of medicine degree.