Faculty Profiles in Excellence
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Here, I feel like we really value what goes on in people’s lives. Certainly within pediatrics, I feel like I have a genuine family.
Laura Bachrach, MD
Pediatrics – Endocrinology
I came to Stanford in ‘85, and when I arrived here, I entered the world that I’m in now, which is pediatric endocrinology.
In clinical medicine, I am interested in disease processes and coming up with solutions to make patients feel better. Because of my speciality, most of the diseases I take care of are chronic, so I can also see people through follow up and establish meaningful relationships.
Ten years ago, I also became an associate residency program director. In that role, I adopted and implemented a new wellness program specifically for residents. Finally, I am also leading a mentoring program for junior faculty. More
For my clinical research, I became interested in bone density and bone health. It can be anything from children with genetic disorders, bone fragility, muscular dystrophy, or children who are treated for cancer. My clinical research looks at what optimizes bone strength during critical years, how bone strength can be maintained, and what to do when bone strength is threatened.
I wasn’t an undergraduate here, and I didn’t do medical school here, but what I found here—what I really value—is this unusual combination of excellence in science and medicine and a real community. I believe this is a less hierarchical place where anybody with a good idea will be listened to. Here, I feel like we really value what goes on in people’s lives. Certainly within pediatrics, I feel like I have a genuine family. I have a sense that people are with me. It is really important to have the right community fit, and I think it is here for me.