In Character: Thomas Flynn

CONSIDERING, he was the only board-certified neurosurgeon between Baton Rouge and Shreveport in 1967. He recognized the need that this area of our state had for neurosciences, so he started a group physician practice to offer neurological care to those in need. This lead to his founding the NeuroMedical Center, which today employs over 400 people and cares for more than 25,000 patients a year from Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi.

CONSIDERING, he spent many years transporting desperately needed medical supplies to Southeast Asia. He taught and performed surgeries in hospitals while there, then arranged for Southeast Asian doctors and medical students to come to Baton Rouge on fellowships. He once rescued 60 wheelchairs fated for a garbage dumpster and had them shipped to Thailand. He was awarded the Humanitarian Award by the American Association of Neurological Surgeons in 1999. He was also presented with an award from Queen Sirikit of Thailand.

CONSIDERING, he comes by his love of healing honestly—his grandfather and great-grandfather, both general practitioners, treated patients throughout Tennessee by horseback.

CONSIDERING, he brings his vision and passion to his philanthropic endeavors, which includes Our Lady of the Lake College, where he serves on the board. He has guided the implementation of a comprehensive advancement office to support its long-term growth. As Development Committee chair, Flynn is leading the way in transforming OLOL College into a multidiscipline university with a health care focus that also offers degrees in the arts, science and business.

CONSIDERING, he is a longtime advocate of the Boy Scouts of America, and he currently serves on the board for the Istrouma Area Council. He assists in the fundraising efforts for Scouts across 12 Louisiana parishes. He has also carried out a passion for service through more than 40 years of very active Rotary Club membership. He received the Outstanding Philanthropist award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals in November.

CONSIDERING, he has said about his mission work, “I feel very strongly about my faith. I don’t stand on the corner and wave a Bible. But we make people aware that what we’re doing is an act of Christian charity. We don’t have mass rallies but, hopefully, the seeds are planted.”