Dr. Schlar is originally from Phoenix, Arizona. During medical training, her interest in medically-underserved populations led her from Indian reservations in the Southwest to India, South Africa, and Ecuador. After residency, she joined an exciting practice caring for native Eskimos in rural Alaska. There she enjoyed the full spectrum of family medicine, including obstetrics and emergency care. Flying to remote villages to provide primary care for those unable to travel was among her most rewarding experiences while working there.
Dr. Schlar joined the faculty in January 2001 when her family relocated to Pittsburgh to be near relatives. She spent 11 years seeing patients at the East End Community Health Center and in February 2012, she brought her continuity practice to the Family Health Center where she actively sees patients and teaches residents and medical students.
While Dr. Schlar enjoys seeing whole families, her real passion is providing care for women and children. While she is no longer in the delivery room after nearly 20 years, Dr. Schlar continues to provide prenatal care and passionately teaches the importance of family-centered maternity care to residents and students. Since 2007, Dr. Schlar has been the Director of Women’s Health, where she coordinates the gynecology curriculum for residents and continues to lead much of the quality efforts for prenatal care and women’s health at the Family Health Center to improve maternal health and future birth outcomes.
Dr. Schlar is very involved with the IMPLICIT Network, a family medicine maternal child health learning collaborative focused on improving care for women, infants, and families through faculty, resident, and student development and quality improvement. She is the principal investigator for a large Pennsylvania Department of Health Grant to disseminate Interconception Care (ICC) efforts for Pennsylvania. ICC is an innovative model of care to improve maternal health prior to the next pregnancy by screening moms at well-child visits for depression, smoking, multivitamin use, family planning. In the spring of 2019, Dr. Schlar and the ICC team won STFM Paper of the Year for their 2018 publication.
Delivering Interconception Care during Well Child Visits: An IMPLICIT Network Study. Sukanya Srinivasan MD, MPH, Lisa Schlar, MD, Stephanie E. Rosener, MD, IBCLC, Daniel J. Frayne, MD, Scott G. Hartman, MD, Stephen Ratcliffe, MD, MSPH, Michael A. Horst, PhD, MPHS, MS, and Jessica Brubach, MPA. Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine. Mar/Apr 2018 Issue.
IMPLICIT Interconception Care Toolkit: Incorporating Maternal Risk Assessment into Well-child visits to Improve Birth Outcomes. Online Toolkit Supported by the March of Dimes Foundation. January, 2017. (Author/Contributor)