Lisa Schlar, MD

  • Director, Women's Health

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 (https://doi.org/10.3122/jabfm.2018.02.170227)  for their 2018 publication. 

Dr. Schlar’s most recent interests involve health equity and improving the care for all vulnerable populations, including care for minorities, transgender people, and people with substance use disorder.   

Dr. Schlar maintains harmony in her personal life by working part-time and by sharing home responsibilities with her husband, Dr. Alan Finkelstein, who is also a part-time faculty member at UPMC Shadyside. Lisa enjoys flower gardening, arty endeavors, wilderness adventures and international travel with her husband and kids, Ariana and Jordan.

Teaching

  • Mentor:  Nozomi Sakai, MS4 Longitudinal Scholarly Project 2016-Present Teratogenic Medications Risk Reduction Strategies at UPMC 
  • Mentor:  Nozomi Sakai, MS 4, University Of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.  Longitudinal Scholarly Project. Characterizing Women of Reproductive Age on Teratogenic Medications to Promote Better Counseling Practices Among Prescribing Physicians at the UPMC Shadyside Family Health Center.
  • Regular Meetings, Final Abstract/Paper Review
  • Mentor:  Dana Thomas, ICC MCH Coordinator, Pittsburgh Health Corps, Americorps Member.
  • Weekly 1:1 and ICC team meetings and 10 month mentorship while at FHC.

Scholarly Research Project

2016 - 2017

  • Physician Supervisor for 2 full-time employees:  ICC Program Manager and ICC Practice Facilitator.  Recruit, hire, supervise personnel and oversee management of grant and ICC Program at UPMC and PA Programs.

  • Mentor:  Abby Smith, MCH Coordinator, Americorps Member. Mentor weekly to provide case management to FHC ICC women.

  • Mentor:  Nozomi Sakai, MS 2, University Of Pittsburgh School of Medicine . Summer 2016 Western Pennsylvania Healthcare Preceptorship Program and Medical Student Scholarly Project. Characterizing Women of Reproductive Age on Teratogenic Medications to Promote Better Counseling Practices Among Prescribing Physicians at the UPMC Shadyside Family Health Center

  • Mentor:  Elise Pearson, MS1, University Of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Dean’s Summer Scholar’s Program. “ICC Dissemination in a Family Medicine Residency Site”. Summer 2017.

Selected Publications

2017- 2018

  • 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.

2016 - 2017

  • 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)

Presentations

2018 - 2019

  • “Pittsburgh Health Corps- Americorps Accomplishments at the Shadyside Family Health Center.” Report to the Board of Shadyside Hospital Foundation, Pittsburgh, PA, September, 12, 2018 
  • “Maternal Depression: A Toolkit for Screening and Addressing Depression in Women of Reproductive Age”  Co-presentor with Mario DeMarco and Stephen Ratcliffe.  2018 FMEC Annual Meeting, Rye Brook, New York. November 10, 2018. Seminar Presentation.
  • “IMPLICIT ICC Data Review and Analysis” IMPLICIT Fall Meeting, 2018 FMEC Annual Meeting, Rye Brook, New York. November 9, 2018. 
  • “IUD Hands On Workshop.” 2018 FMEC Annual Meeting, Rye Brook, New York. November 10, 2018.  Clinical Camp
  • “Smoking Cessation Group Visits:  Lessons From Implementation at a Family Health Center” Kate Sullivan, James Liu, Lisa Schlar, MD, Alan Finkelstein, MD.  2018 FMEC Annual Meeting, Rye Brook, New York. November 10, 2018.  Poster Presentation. 
  • Paper of the Year: ”Delivering Interconception Care During Well-Child Visits: An IMPLICIT Network Study” by Sukanya Srinivasan, MD, MPH, Lisa Schlar, MD, Stephanie E. Rosener, MD, IBCLC, Daniel J. Frayne, MD, Scott G. Hartman, MD, Michael A. Horst, PhD, MPHS, MS, Jessica L. Brubach, MPA and Stephen Ratcliffe, MD, MSPH.  STFM National Meeting, Toronto, Canada. April 29, 2019.  Awards Program, Oral Presentation, 3 Poster Sessions- Abstract Displayed
  • “IMPLICIT ICC: Improving Birth Outcomes Through Interconception Care During Well Child Visits.” UPMC Family Medicine Scholarship Day, Altoona, PA.  May 10, 2019. Podium Presentation. 
  • “Interconception Care to Enhance Multivitamin Use.”  Shaza Khan, DO, Lisa Schlar, MD, Stephanie Ballard, PharmD, BCPS.  UPMC Family Medicine Scholarship Day, Altoona, PA. May 10, 2019. Poster Presentation.

2017 - 2018

  • Schlar, L, Improving Birth Outcomes Through Interconception Care During Well-Child Visits at The UPMC Shadyside Family Health Center. Report to the Board of Shadyside Hospital Foundation, Pittsburgh, PA, September 13, 2017.
  • Electronic Alert and Direct Messaging Do Not Effectively Prompt Documented Discussion of Teratogenic Medication Risk or Contraception Changes in Women of Childbearing Age Prescribed Potential Teratogens at An Urban Academic Family Health Center, Co-presenter with Nozomi Sakai BS, Stephanie Ballard, 2017 American College of Clinical Pharmacy Annual Meeting, Phoenix, AZ. October 9, 2017. Poster Presentation.
  • Contraception Update.  Western PA Regional Title X Conference, Pittsburgh, PA  November 1, 2017.
  • IMPLICIT ICC Interventions-What are they? IMPLICIT Fall Meeting, FMEC 2017. Cleveland, OH. November 10, 2017. Interactive Seminar.
  • Clinical Camp: IUD Insertion Workshop.  FMEC 2017. Cleveland, OH. November 11, 2017. Interactive Seminar.
  • Using “One Key Question” to Address Pregnancy Intention at the UPMC Shadyside Family Health Center.  Kiyomi K Goto, DO; Hodan Ismail, MD; Jessica Brubach, MPA; Lisa Schlar, MD. FMEC 2017. Cleveland, OH. November 11, 2017.  Poster Presentation.
  • An Innovative Approach to Improving Multivitamin Use through IMPLICIT Interconception Care (ICC) Model. Co-presenter with Mario and Stephen Ratcliffe. The Pennsylvania Public Health Association (PPHA), the Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health (PORH), and the Penn State College of Medicine's Public Health Program: Understanding Public Health in Pennsylvania: A Retrospective Review and Forecast for the Coming Year. Lancaster, PA.  April 3, 2018. Poster Presentation .
  • Adherence to a Controlled Substance Policy at an Urban Family Health Center.  Karin Yamasaki, PharmD, Stephanie Ballard, PharmD, Lisa Schlar, MD. STFM 2018. Washington, D.C. May 5, 2018. Poster Presentation.
  • Improving Birth Outcomes Through Interconception Care at Well-Child Visits: The IMPLICIT ICC Model. Kristina Wint, MPH, Kate Sullivan, BS, Lisa Schlar, MD. Women's Health 2018: Translating Research into Clinical Practice. Virginia Commonwealth University. May 4-6. 2018.  Poster Presentation. Won Poster Award.
  • Nursing Home -    2018 – July 20, October 5, November 16, December 28

2016 - 2017

  • IMPLICIT Interconception Care (ICC): Rationale, Models of Implementation, and Initial Data Outcomes.  Co-presenter with Jessica Brubach MPA, Scott Hartman MD, Heidi Knoll MD Sukanya Srinivasan MD MPH, Stephen Ratcliffe MD MSPH.  FMEC Fall Meeting 2016.  Pittsburgh, PA.  October 29, 2016.  (Seminar)
  • Interconception Care (ICC) at the UPMC Shadyside, McKeesport, and St. Margaret Family Health Centers.  Co-presenter with Jessica Brubach MPA, James Dombroski MD, Sukanya Srinivasan MD MPH.  FMEC Fall Meeting 2016. Pittsburgh, PA.  October 29, 2016. (Seminar)
  • Characterizing Women of Reproductive Age on Teratogenic Medications to Promote Better Counseling Practices Among Prescribing Physicians at the UPMC Shadyside Family Health Center.  Co-presenter with Nozomi Sakai BS, Stephanie Ballard PharmD BCPS. FMEC Fall Meeting 2016. Pittsburgh, PA. October 29, 2016. (Poster)
  • Characterizing Women of Reproductive Age on Teratogenic Medications to Promote Better Counseling Practices Among Prescribing Physicians at the UPMC Shadyside Family Health Center.  Co-Author with Nozomi Sakai BS, Stephanie Ballard.  2017 Annual Primary Care Ambulatory Patient Safety Conference on Research and Education. Bethesda, MD. February 23, 2017. (Platform)
  • The IMPLICIT Interconception Care Model in Pennsylvania. Co-Author with Jessica Brubach, Mario DeMarco, Stephen Ratcliffe, Fourth Annual College of Physicians of Philadelphia Section on Public Health and Preventive Medicine’s Public Health Day Symposium. Philadelphia, PA.  April 3, 2017.  (Platform)
  • The IMPLICIT ICC Model in Pennsylvania.  Co-Author with Jessica Brubach, Mario DeMarco, Stephen Ratcliffe, Pennsylvania Public Health Association (PPHA), Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health (PORH), and the Penn State College of Medicine's Public Health Program Conference. Lancaster, PA. April 6, 2017.  (Platform)
  • IMPLICIT Interconception Care Interventions. IMPLICIT Network Spring Meeting, Lancaster, PA., April 7, 2017.
  • Improving Maternal Health Through Implementation of IMPLICIT Interconception Care (ICC).  Co-Author with Jessica Brubach, Sukanya Srinivasan, Maha Shafqat.  2017 NAPCRG Practice-Based Research Network Conference, Bethesda, MD. June 23, 2017.

2015 - 2016

  • An Intervention to Increase Prescribing of Emergency Contraception Ulipristal Acetate (Ella) in a Family Health Center; Iyunoluwa Agboola MD, Stephanie Ballard PharmD, BCPS, Lisa Schlar MD  FMEC NE Regional Meeting, 2015 (Poster)
  • Trends in Long Acting Reversible Contraception at UPMC Shadyside Family Health Center, 2008-2014; Anisa Mughai, MS1, Jessica Brubach BS, Lisa Schlar MD  FMEC NE Regional Meeting, 2016  (Poster)
  • IMPLICIT Lecture ICC Implementation, Now What?   FMEC NE Regional Meeting, 2015
  • Improving Birth Outcomes and Maternal Behaviors during Well Child Visits at the UPMC McKeesport, Shadyside, St. Margaret Family Health Centers with the IMPLICIT Interconception Care Project 2015 National March of Dimes Prematurity Prevention Conference: Quality Improvement, Evidence and Practice; Arlington VA, November 2015  (Poster)
  • Creation of Immediate Post Partum Nexplanon Insertion Protocol and Implementation at Magee; FM OB Meeting, February 2016.  New Curriculum/Protocol designed and implemented, March 2016

Grants

2018- 2019

  • “Interconception Care Project”  PA Department of Health Principal Investigator; January 1, 2016-June 30th, 2019.  Total:  $665,000   FY 2018-19 Total:  $190,000. Grant pays 10% of my Salary; Responsible for oversight of 2 full time employees: Project Manager: and Practice Facilitator; Grant Reports, Financial Invoicing, and Data Outcomes.
  • “ICC at the Family Health Center: Moving Beyond Screening to Changing Maternal Behavior with Case Management”. Shadyside Hospital Foundation.  $16, 000 – FY 2018-19. Grant Supports Americorps ICC Maternal Child Health Case Manager, Travel for ICC Team.  Responsible for selecting, interviewing candidate and Mentorship throughout the year.

2017- 2018

  • “Interconception Care Project” PA Department of Health Principal Investigator/Physician Champion,” January 1, 2016-June 30th, 2019.  Total:  $665,000   FY 2017-18 Total:  $190,000.  Grant pays 10% of Salary; Responsible for oversight of 2 full-time employees: Project Manager: Jessica Brubach and Practice Facilitator: Kristina Wint; Grant Reports and Outcomes.
  • “ICC at the Family Health Center: Moving Beyond Screening to Changing Maternal Behavior with Case Management”. Shadyside Hospital Foundation.  $15, 000 – FY 2017-18. Grant Supports AmeriCorps ICC Case Manager.  Responsible for selecting, interviewing candidate and Mentorship throughout the year.

2016 - 2017

  • Interconception Care Project” PA Department of Health Principal Investigator/Physician Champion, January 1, 2016-June 30th, 2019.
  • ICC at the Family Health Center: Moving Beyond Screening to Changing Maternal Behavior with Case Management. Shadyside Hospital Foundation. 

2015 - 2016

  • ICC at the UPMC SHY FHC: Moving Beyond Screening to Changing Maternal Behavior; Shadyside Hospital Foundation.

  • Interconception Care Project.  PA Department of Health – DHHS/HRSA Maternal and Child Health Services Block Grant, January 2016 – December 2019.

Workshops

2016 - 2017

  • Mirena IUD Insertion Clinical Camp.  FMEC Fall Meeting 2016. Pittsburgh, PA. October 29, 2016. (Medical Student Workshop)