40 Under 40: Sarah Gard Lazarus
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40 Under 40: Sarah Gard Lazarus

Sarah Gard Lazarus, 35, is a pediatric emergency medicine physician at pediatric emergency rooms at CHOA and WellStar hospitals.

Sarah Gard Lazarus, a doctor of osteopathic medicine, is a pediatric emergency medicine physician who completed her residency and fellowship at Emory University.

She is incredibly passionate about injury prevention and is a founding member of the Children’s Injury Prevention Program through Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta that provides a multidisciplinary approach to reduce childhood injury through evidence-based programs, research, education and community outreach.

“As a native of Jewish Atlanta, working at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta has always been one of my dreams, since I was 15 and a ‘volunteen’ at Scottish Rite,” she said. “I am so happy to make a meaningful impact on the children of Atlanta at a place that made such a difference in my life.”

Through CHIPP, Lazarus serves as the head of the save babies task force, focusing on prevention of injuries in children younger than 1. She is also a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and its Council on Injury, Violence and Poison Prevention. She has mentored medical and public health students in research promoting safe sleep and community outreach projects that promote safe infant care.

“There are so many things that can happen to children that we cannot do anything about, but a lot of injuries don’t fall into that category,” Lazarus said. “We can’t prevent leukemia or diseases, but we can prevent drownings or injuries from motor vehicle collisions with proper protection.”

She has presented at national conferences regarding safe sleep and serves on the Georgia child fatality review. Recently, she served as the content expert on water safety at CHOA, working to prevent drowning through a multi-faceted media and programmatic campaign, providing input on campaign billboards and website content and through media interviews.

In addition to her volunteer and research interests, she works full-time in pediatric emergency rooms at CHOA and WellStar hospitals, and has worked at Camp Coleman as a family camp doctor and as a staff doctor for overnight camp.

She lives in Dunwoody with her husband, Adam, a writer, and her 5 year old twin boys, Aaron and Benjamin, where they are active members of Temple Sinai.

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