About Me

As a gastroenterologist at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, I specialize in pancreatic disease and endoscopic procedures as an alternative to surgical interventions. I provide immediate and comprehensive care to patients with complex pancreatic diseases. I enjoy reassuring patients and helping them navigate the treatment process with empathy and compassion.

My areas of research include pancreatic disease, acute pancreatitis, chronic pancreatitis, pancreas cysts, hereditary pancreatitis, pancreas cancer, pancreatectomy, pancreas islet transplantation and small bowel bleeding. Our research ensures that patients are offered the most up-to-date and cutting edge treatment strategies.

Here at Ohio State, we’re able to provide exceptional patient care because of our multidisciplinary approach and highly trained team of pancreas subspecialists, surgeons, radiologists, nutritionists, geneticists and a superior endoscopy group. This enhances our patients’ experience by expediting care in a compassionate yet efficient environment.

When I’m not working, I enjoy spending my free time traveling, riding my bike, hiking, car racing, reading, going to the theatre and listening to music.
Highlights
  • President elect, Florida Gastroenterological Society
  • Co-director for various meetings of the Florida Gastroenterological Society, the American College of Gastroenterology and the Cleveland Clinic Foundation
  • Medical director of Pancreatology, the University of Texas Southwestern, Baylor University Medical Center, Cleveland Clinic Florida
  • Assistant and associate professorships at the University of Texas Southwestern, Florida International University and Florida Atlantic University
  • Recipient of society awards from the American College of Gastroenterology, the American Gastroenterological Association, the American Pancreas Association and the American College of Physicians
Additional Languages I Speak
  • Spanish

Procedures and Conditions I Treat

  • Gallstones
  • Choledocholithiasis
  • Biliary Tract Diseases
  • Pancreatitis
  • Pancreatic Islets Transplantation

Locations Where I Practice

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Education and Training

Education History

Medical School

Instittuto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, Monterrey,
MD
7/1/1987 - 6/30/1994

Residency

Instittuto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, Monterrey,

2/1/1995 - 7/31/1995

Internship

Aultman Hospital, Canton, OH

7/1/1996 - 6/30/1997

Residency

Aultman Hospital, Canton, OH

7/1/1997 - 6/30/2000

Fellowship

Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, Winston Salem, NC

7/1/2000 - 6/30/2003

Fellowship

Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

6/28/2003 - 6/25/2004

Board Certifications

American Board of Internal Medicine
8/22/2000

American Board of Internal Medicine (Subspecialty: Gastroenterology)
11/3/2004

Academic Information

My Department

Internal Medicine

My Division

Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition

Reviews

The overall patient satisfaction rating is an average of all patient responses to the six doctor communication related questions shown below from the Clinician and Group Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems survey. For additional information about the patient satisfaction survey, please visit our Patient Satisfaction Survey page.

The comments are submitted by patients and reflect their view and opinions. The comments are not endorsed by and do not necessarily reflect the views of Ohio State Wexner Medical Center.

75 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

  • Overall
    4.8 out of 5
  • Explains Things Clearly
    5 out of 5
  • Listens Carefully
    5 out of 5
  • Gives Understandable Instructions
    4.9 out of 5
  • Knows My Medical History
    4.4 out of 5
  • Shows Respect
    4.9 out of 5
  • Time Spent Together
    4.8 out of 5
  • Reviewed on Aug 05, 2020

    All good.

  • Reviewed on Apr 16, 2020

    He was very professional and explained clearly so I could understand and answered all questions I had.

  • Reviewed on Mar 26, 2020

    Nice man listens well show great concern feel like family.

  • Reviewed on Feb 27, 2020

    Excellent, responsible, care, respect... I was impressed! Every physician should learn from Dr. Lara including myself.

  • Reviewed on Feb 03, 2020

    Kind, caring, listened.

  • Reviewed on Feb 03, 2020

    He does a great job. But he does seem a little too busy.

  • Reviewed on Jan 24, 2020

    Good

  • Reviewed on Nov 04, 2019

    Very professional, explained everything to me as to what they were going to do.

  • Reviewed on Oct 15, 2019

    Very good.

  • Reviewed on Sep 12, 2019

    Very good at her job in helping me to understand.

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Consulting and Related Relationships

At The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, we support a faculty member’s research and consulting in collaboration with medical device, research and/or drug companies because a faculty member’s expertise can guide important advancements in the practice of medicine and improve patient care. In order to provide effective management of these relationships, the University requires annual disclosures from all faculty members with external interests related to their University responsibilities.

As of 11/21/2019, Dr. Lara has reported relationships with the companies or entities listed below. If you have questions about the relationships listed below, please ask the faculty member. If you have questions about how these relationships are monitored by The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, please contact our Compliance Office.

  • Allergan Inc.
  • Medtronic, Inc.
  • AbbVie Inc.