Lara Lambert

Research Advocate

I am a 40-year-old physician trained in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary, and Critical Care, who lives in Charleston, South Carolina and works at our local Veteran’s Hospital.

I recently got married to my husband Carson, and we have three dogs together: two bloodhounds, Tiberius and Samwell, and a Labrador, Elleanor Rigby.

I have a daughter who is 23 and is in graduate school to get her Masters of Social Work, and I also have two step-daughters, one in middle school and one in high school.

I was diagnosed with stage IIIc rectal cancer in May 2019 and underwent treatment including radiation, two surgeries, and six months of IV chemotherapy. Despite being a physician, I was not aware that CRC was on the rise in young adults and I feel called to make this common knowledge among the general population and practicing physicians. I believe my experience as a patient and physician provides me a unique opportunity as a Research Advocate.

Goals as a Research Advocate

  1. Attend one community event per year to discuss prevention/screening of CRC
  2. Become active at my community hospital, MUSC (Medical University of South Carolina) in patient support
  3. Serve on an IRB committee 
  4. Attend ASCO