Luis Lara

Luis Lara, MD

  • Gastroenterology
  • Physician What's this? A physician, or doctor, is extensively trained to diagnose and treat complex medical problems. Often, physicians focus their practice on certain disease categories, treatment methods or patient types. Physicians can diagnose and treat illness, prescribe medication, offer medical consultation and advice, perform surgery and more.

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.


  • 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

  • Pancreatic Islets Transplantation
  • Pancreatitis

Locations Where I Practice

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Education and Training

Medical Degree

Instittuto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey


Internal Medicine
Aultman Hospital
7/1/1997 - 6/30/2000

Obstetrics / Gynecology
Instittuto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey
2/1/1995 - 7/31/1995


Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center
7/1/2000 - 6/30/2003

Mayo Clinic
6/28/2003 - 6/25/2004

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Board Certifications

American Board of Internal Medicine

American Board of Internal Medicine (Subspecialty: Gastroenterology)

My Department

Internal Medicine

My Division

Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition


33 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

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

10 Patient Comments

Reviewed on May 07, 2019

Also fantastic.

Reviewed on Apr 19, 2019

Very knowledgeable.

Reviewed on Apr 12, 2019

He seemed as my problem was his problem.

Reviewed on Feb 25, 2019

He took time to answer all of my questions. He had viewed my records and did not rush. Thank you.

Reviewed on Dec 17, 2018

Very nice.

Reviewed on Dec 17, 2018

Very good. Took time to answer all questions.

Reviewed on Oct 24, 2018

Dr. Lara was excellent. He took time with me and explained all my test results and went over my systems. He did not rush and was very professional and easy to understand. Thank you so much!!!

Reviewed on Sep 08, 2018

They are very good to patients and...

Reviewed on Aug 20, 2018

Good in detailing all of my questions.

Reviewed on Apr 25, 2018

Very good - No issues.

Consulting and Related Relationships

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As of 12/20/2018, Dr. Lara has reported no relationships with companies or entities.