About Rande Lazar

Dr. Rande Lazar

Throughout his professional life, Dr. Rande Lazar, MD, has maintained his position as a leader in the medical field and a giving spirit in his community. Dr. Lazar has successfully described new pediatric procedures and laid the groundwork for future medical professionals and researchers to build upon his innovations.

On arriving to Memphis, Dr. Lazar was the only fellowship-trained Pediatric Otolaryngologist in the Mid-South. At LeBonheur Children’s Medical Center, Dr. Rande Lazar practiced and pioneered upper airway reconstruction procedures, i.e., cricoid splits and laryngotracheal reconstruction. Dr. Rande Lazar utilized cutting-edge equipment including CO2 lasers and KTP lasers for the airway. Dr. Rande Lazar 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. Rande Lazar’s work has withstood the test of time, and those procedures are still being performed in much the same way as he described them and implemented them in the Mid-South.

Dr. Rande Lazar has emphasized inspiring young physicians within his field to grow, pioneer and improve the medical fields they participate in. To that end, he has initiated scholarships at both Brooklyn College and Mississippi State, as well as the annual $10,000, American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery Foundation Rande H. Lazar Health Services Research Grant.

As part of an effort to create a foundation for future young physicians, Dr. Rande Lazar initiated the Lazar Family Lectureship in Otolaryngology at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. All of Dr. Rande Lazar’s gifts, endowments and scholarships are perpetual. Unlike most other grants, Dr. Rande Lazar’s have been established and financial resources have been created and set aside to benefit young people for all future generations.

Dr. Lazar’s Experience

Dr. Rande Lazar has been the Chairman of the Medical Executive Committee/ Chief of Staff at LeBonheur Children’s Medical Center-East Surgery Center for over 15 years. He has been a part of the Medical Executive Committee for 20 years. Dr. Rande Lazar has also served as Chief of Surgery at LeBonheur Children’s Medical Center. Additionally, he has been Chairman of the Department of Otolaryngology at Methodist LeBonheur Healthcare Systems of Memphis.

Dr. Rande Lazar is currently the Director of the Pediatric Otolaryngology Fellowship Training Program for ENT Memphis at LeBonheur Children’s Medical Center. Dr. Rande Lazar has published over 40 articles in peer reviewed journals. Dr. Rande Lazar is an international and national speaker on numerous topics in pediatric otolaryngology, adult sinus surgery, and the treatment of sinusitis and sleep apnea. Dr. Rande Lazar is also on the staff of:

  • Methodist Hospitals of Memphis
  • St. Francis Hospital
  • Baptist Memorial Hospitals of Memphis
  • LeBonheur Children’s Medical Center-East Surgery Center

He has been honored to serve on a wide range of boards including:

  • Ear Nose & Throat Journal
  • Memphis College of Art
  • The Orpheum

A devout scholar, Dr. Lazar’s educational credits are extensive and include:

  • Undergraduate degree at Brooklyn College – 1973
  • Medical Degree at Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara – 1978
  • Training at New York Medical College – 1978-1979
  • Surgical Residency at Cornell- North Shore University – 1979-1980
  • Otolaryngology training at Cleveland Clinic Foundation – 1980-1981
  • Fellowship in Pediatric Otolaryngology at Armed Forces Institute of Pathology – 1983-1983
  • Fellowship in Pediatric Otolaryngology at LeBonheur Children’s Medical Center – 1983-1984

Rande Lazar on Philanthropy

About his giving, Dr. Rande Lazar says, “To me, philanthropy and giving is not doing something special; it is our obligation as human beings. To me, something special is creating a perpetual foundation to educate young people to offer them the opportunity to learn and mature. It is our obligation to guarantee the future for their education, to guarantee open dialogue, to guarantee open communication we can use 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.”

Dr. Lazar is a founding physician at ENT Memphis.

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Kwong M LEW MD (australia) October 15, 2010 at 8:50 am

Hi Rande
How are you? You may or may not remember me. I was your fellow from Australia 1989-1990. I then came back to Australia and have been here in Perth since. So how is things? Had a look at your picture, you have not changed a bit, just a bit greyer!! How is your daughter, I think she is Lauren? and our wife, ?Linda? Vaguely remember the names, I think. Who else , Pam in theatre, and Tom ( he must be gone by now).
My youngest son , Jin-Boon , (18 mths when we were there), now 22yrs is in Uni of Illinois for a year. His friend is inviting him for Thanksgiving in Memphis. He ask me if I remember the addresss of the apartment where we stayed. I know it is Peabody Avenue in midtown, but not sure if the No is 1799 or 1977. Do you know and is the apartment still there or probably gone by now? It will be good, if you can tell me the No, so he can go by and have a look. You still go for your breakfast at the cafe, not sure somewhere near Lebonheur.
I hope you are keeping well. I am 53 this year and hate to get old. You start to lose the finess as a surgeon. Still life must go on. I have four kids now. Well, my oldest son is now training as a radiologist, my daughter final year medical student at Melbourne Uni, second son in Illinois and my youngerst daughter , is only 13 in high school. My whole family (minus the youngest one, she was not born then), still look back fondly our year in Memphis and USA. You have been very kind to us, and I thank you.
Okay , keep in touch. It will be great if you could drop me a note and to hear from you after more than 20 years and a lot of water has gone under the bridge.
Regards
Kwong Lew

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