He even has a photograph to prove it.
In a hallway at Family Medicine Clinic’s new building hangs a photo Dr. Lane’s mother found that shows her son, 3 or 4 years old at the time, proudly wearing a stethoscope. According to his mother, he always said, even at a young age, that he wanted to be a physician.
Dr. Lane has realized the vision he developed early, as he has been practicing medicine in Lampasas for more than 30 years.
Reared in the Texas Panhandle, Dr. Lane was one of 23 seniors to graduate from Sudan High School in 1976.
He then graduated from West Texas State University, now named West Texas A&M University, in 1980 and went to medical school at Texas Tech University.
Dr. Lane graduated from medical school in 1984 and completed a family practice residency at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Lubbock.
He and his wife Jaclyn met in Lubbock, and the couple married in March of 1987. Just four months later, they moved to Lampasas.
Mrs. Lane, who now teach 4-year-olds at First Baptist Church Preschool, did consulting work for Family Medicine Clinic as a registered dietitian for a number of years.
Dr. Lane established his practice while working alongside longtime Lampasas physicians Dr. Alton A. Bishop and Dr. Morris K. Patteson Jr. Dr. Bishop retired a few years after Dr. Lane joined Family Medicine Clinic, and Dr. Patteson continues his work at FMC, which now has 10 providers in Lampasas.
Dr. Lane said as a young physician that he learned much from Dr. Bishop and Dr. Patteson.
When he first started, he was the young kid on the block, and they provided him with a lot of help and guidance. He learned from them how to take care of patients, how to have a hospital practice and an office practice.
FMC’s family practice physicians delivered babies for about the first 10 years he was in Lampasas. The doctors worked at Rollins Brook Community Hospital and then, when the hospital closed, Dr. Lane and Dr. Patteson saw obstetric patients for a few months in Burnet.
The Lampasas doctors also took care of hospital patients by traveling to out-of-town facilities when Rollins Brook briefly stopped operating.
When Adventist Health System re-opened Rollins Brook Community Hospital, Dr. Lane and Dr. Patteson saw obstetric patients at Metroplex Hospital in Killeen.
For a while, they had patients in the hospital in Burnet and at Metroplex for several months during the transition.
Working with expectant mothers was one of his favorite parts of his early years in Lampasas.
Over time, however, family practice physicians nationwide stopped doing obstetrics. FMC eventually did the same thing, which helped the clinic recruit more doctors.
Dr. Lane knows that FMC is fairly unique, as a family practice that treats patients in an outpatient clinical setting while also admitting and caring for them in the hospital. When he started, all family doctors would admit patients to the hospital and take care of them, but now that’s the exception more than the rule.
When Dr. Lane first started his practice in Lampasas, FMC handled obstetrics and several types of hospital care, including assisting with surgeries and working in the emergency room.
Dr. Lane’s career in Lampasas has allowed him to develop close bonds with the community. He believes that it’s the people, the relationships he establishes with people over the years. He is able to see the babies he delivered grow up.
Dr. Lane knows patients’ families and providing “continuity of care, not episodic care” is part of what distinguishes family practices such as FMC from other medical specialties.
He has been very fortunate to be in Lampasas for 30 years, as most people aren’t afforded that opportunity to be in one place for that long, for many reasons.
After learning from seasoned physicians when he began his career, Dr. Lane now finds himself in a somewhat new position as a mentor to younger colleagues.
FMC has a very strong group of providers. At both the Lampasas and Copperas Cove clinic locations, the staff includes nurse practitioners and physician assistants, positions that did not exist when Lane began practicing medicine.
Dr. Lane notes the addition of doctors and mid-level providers has put FMC in a good position.
Dr. Lane enjoys family practice because he never knows what his day is going to be like, as it’s a little different than other specialties where they pretty much know how their day is going to go.
Dr. Lane feels fortunate to work in Lampasas and be part of the community. He and his wife are members of First United Methodist Church in Lampasas.
The couple is parents to twins who graduated from Lampasas High School in 2009. Their son Marshall works in the plumbing business, and their daughter Meredith is a nurse at University Medical Center Brackenridge in Austin.
Dr. Lane knows Lampasas has been very good to him and believes that Lampasas is a good place to raise your children and have them grow up.
Dr. Mark Lane’s CV
- Citi GCP Training — 2014
- Family Practice Residency — 1986-1987
Texas Tech Health Science Center
- Family Practice Internship — 1984-1985
Lubbock General Hospital
- MD, Texas Tech University School of Medicine — 1980-1984
- BS, Biology and Chemistry — 1976-1980
West Texas State University
- Owner, VP, and Sub-Investigator — 2013-present
FMC Science, Central Texas Clinical Trials
- Owner, VP, and Medical Director — 1998-present
- President, Lane & Cain, LP — 1993-present
Real estate holding company
- Rollins Brook Community Hospital, Lampasas, Texas
- Metroplex Health System, Killeen, Texas
- Seton, Harker Heights, Texas — courtesy privileges
- Laboratory Director, FMC Medicine — 1993-present
- The Texas Health Services Authority
Board of Directors — 2016-present
- Lampasas United Methodist Church, Finance Committee
- Medical Director, Lampasas EMS
- Medical Director, Regal Skilled Nursing and Long-Term Care
- Lampasas County Public Health Officer
- American Board of Family Medicine, Board Certified, 2007
- Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Medical Examiner — 1989-present
- Department of Transportation (DOT) Medical Examiner — 2014-present
- American Academy of Family Physicians
- Texas Medical Association
- Lampasas County Medical Society
- Hunting and fishing