When Dr. Rande Lazar arrived in Memphis he was the only fellowship-trained Pediatric Otolaryngologist in the Mid-South. At LeBonheur Children’s Medical Center he implemented and was a pioneer in this region for upper airway reconstruction procedures, i.e., cricoid splits and laryngotracheal reconstruction. Additionally, Dr. Lazar utilized state-of-the-art equipment which included CO2 lasers and KTP lasers for the airway. He and his group adopted endonasal sinus surgery for pediatric patients and were the first in the nation to publish in a peer reviewed journal on this procedure. Dr. Lazar’s work has stood the test of time in all these areas, as those procedures are still being done in much the same way as he described them and implemented them in the Mid-South.
Looking to the FutureDr. Rande Lazar focuses on inspiring young physicians within his field to grow, innovate and improve the medical fields in which they participate. To that end, he has established scholarships at both Brooklyn College of the City University of New York and Mississippi State University, as well as the annual $10,000 American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery Foundation Rande H. Lazar Health Services Research Grant.
In an effort to create a foundation for future young physicians, Dr. Rande Lazar created the Lazar Family Lectureship in Otolaryngology at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. All of Dr. Lazar’s gifts, endowments and scholarships are perpetual. Unlike most other grants, Dr. Lazar’s have been established and financial resources have been created and set aside to benefit young people, not only for generations, but in perpetuity.
A Wealth of Experience
Dr. Rande Lazar has been honored to serve on a wide range of community boards including:
- Memphis College of Art
- Memphis Development Foundation/The Orpheum Theatre
In addition, Dr. Lazar is a reviewer for the Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery journal and serves on the Editorial Board for the Ear, Nose and Throat Journal, as well as, Editor for the Pediatric Otolaryngology Clinics of the Ear, Nose and Throat Journal.
A perpetual scholar in his field, Dr. Rande Lazar’s extensive educational credits include:
- Undergraduate degree at Brooklyn College
- Medical Degree at Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara
- Training at New York Medical College, Valhalla, New York
- Surgical Residency Training at Cornell- North Shore University Hospital System, Manhasset, New York
- Surgical Residency Training at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, Ohio
- Otolaryngology Residency Training at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, Ohio
- Chief Resident of Otolaryngology at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, Ohio
- Fellowship in Pediatric Otolaryngology at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology/Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, D.C.
- Fellowship in Pediatric Otolaryngology at LeBonheur Children’s Medical Center, Memphis, Tennessee
Dedicated to the Community
- LeBonheur Children’s Medical Center
- Methodist LeBonheur Healthcare Systems of Memphis
- Saint Francis Hospital
- Baptist Memorial Hospitals of Memphis
- LeBonheur Children’s Medical Center-East Surgery Center
About his giving, Dr. Rande Lazar says, “To me, philanthropy and giving is not doing something special; it is our obligation as human beings. I firmly believe something special is creating and laying a perpetual foundation to educate young people and to offer them the opportunity to learn and mature. As parents and adults, it should be our mission to guarantee our young people their future education, to guarantee open communication, and to intellectually stimulate our children and members of our profession. We have a very finite period of time on this earth and after we’re gone, people’s memories fade. The only legacies we leave behind are what our children will accomplish in their future.”