Experienced Family Physician Brings Focus on Geriatrics to Gifford

Experienced family physician brings focus on geriatrics to Gifford

Dr. Barbara Lazar

As a student at Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts, Barbara Lazar worked in a nursing home as a nurse’s aide.  She decided then that she wanted to spend her career caring for the elderly.

You could describe it as a calling, but what Lazar really discovered was that when it comes to older people, a little caring goes a long way, and that felt good.

After a stint doing Alzheimer’s research in a lab in Philadelphia, Lazar went on to earn her medical degree at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.  Following her internship and residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, Dr. Lazar launched a family medicine career that has focused on geriatrics.

She began her career in 1996 working for the Indian Health Service at Northern Navajo Medical Center in New Mexico. Moving to Vermont in 2003, she served as a medical director at Genesis Elder Care in Lebanon while a member of the department of family medicine at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.  She also worked at Brookside Nursing Home in White River Junction and most recently at PACE (the Program for All-inclusive Care of the Elderly) in Rutland.

She loved her work at PACE to help support older people’s ability to remain in their homes, she says, but was looking for a shorter commute to work.  A Sharon resident, she looked north to Gifford and found a remarkable fit.

“As a provider it’s very attractive to come to a place that has its heart in the right place and that is committed to serving the community.  It feels like a gift to have found a place like this,” says Dr. Lazar, who has started seeing patients at Gifford’s family medicine practice in Randolph.

A warm, caring and thoughtful doctor, it is Dr. Lazar’s goal to provide whole person and whole family care, considering a patient’s psycho-social needs as well as their medical needs.  She’s also hoping to serve the area’s elderly and families struggling to meet an elderly loved one’s needs.

Board certified by the American Board of Family Practice, Dr. Lazar is a native of upstate New York.  She makes her home in Vermont with her husband, Dr. Joel Lazar, a family physician at Dartmouth, and their two sons, ages 13 and 15.  In her free time, Dr. Lazar enjoys hiking and music.

For complete family care, call Dr. Lazar at Gifford Family Medicine at (802) 728-2445 or learn more at www.giffordmed.org.