Ethan Lazarus, M.D.

doctor ethan lazarusEthan Lazarus M.D. specializes in helping individuals with weight problems lose weight and live happier, healthier lives.

  • Board Certifications:
    American Board of Family Medicine
    American Board of Obesity Medicine
  • Secretary / Treasurer:  Obesity Medicine Association (OMA)
    • Obesity Medicine Clinician of the Year award, 2015
    • Raymond A. Dietz award, 2013
  • Delegate:  American Medical Association (AMA)

Why choose Ethan Lazarus, MD. as your weight loss doctor?

Dr. Lazarus treats obesity as a chronic disease, as recognized by the AMA in 2013. His expertise includes not only medically supervised weight loss and chronic weight management, but management of weight-related medical problems. In addition to his involvement with the AMA, AAFP (American Academy of Family Physicians) and OMA, Dr. Lazarus receives additional training from The Obesity Society (TOS) and the Harvard Obesity Course.  Dr. Lazarus is recognized both locally and nationally as an expert in obesity medicine and regularly teaches other physicians about medical weight loss at continuing medical education courses because he excels at managing obesity as a medical condition, which is what the obesity medicine specialty is all about.

Dr. Lazarus took center stage at the American Medical Association’s annual meeting and was instrumental in the passage of AMA policy recognizing obesity as a disease on June 18th, 2013.  This decision paves the way to improve medical education regarding obesity, reduce weight bias among physicians and among others, evaluate prevention strategies, research better treatment options, and improve insurance reimbursement of obesity treatment. He also introduced new AMA policy calling on improving medical education regarding obesity treatment. Further, Dr. Lazarus lobbies on behalf of the Obesity Care Continuum to improve access to obesity treatment services.

Dr. Lazarus understands that every person he treats has a unique set of circumstances that has resulted in the weight problem. No two individuals gained weight for the same reason. Therefore, every person requires an individualized weight loss program. Some people gain weight for emotional reasons – depression, boredom, loneliness, stress, a bad relationship, insecurity, or even abuse. Some gain weight due to other medical problems like diabetes, thyroid issues, arthritis, insomnia, digestion issues and food allergies or intolerances, and side effects of many medications. Whatever the contributing factors, exploring the whole person rather than just focusing on the food choices can be an important step towards figuring out together the lifestyle changes that will be necessary not only for successful weight loss, but for long-term weight control.

Making the decision to lose weight can be difficult. Many of our patients have been contemplating which direction will be best for them but are unsure of the right choice. As a physician, Dr. Lazarus holds himself and his staff to the highest standards, always placing his patient’s health and well-being first and foremost. He enjoys developing an ongoing rapport with every person he treats because this caring and understanding is key to figuring out what got each individual in trouble with their weight in the first place.

Focusing on the cause of the problem while following evidence-based and scientifically sound practices leads to better weight loss and is why our patients enjoy such a high rate of success.