Lake Nona’s Medical City is lucky to have a doctor that is selfless, humble, skilled, wholly altruistic, and passionate – about the wellbeing of our residents and shoes. Dr. Reynald Lamarre is a talented physician at a local hospital, who could not have picked a better person to care for our community.
Born in Miami with a residency completed in Georgia in 2016, Dr. Lamarre was drawn back to Florida post-medical school. One of his two brothers and several of his cousins are local, and a quick Google search showed him a rendering of Medical City. He knew this was where he needed to be.
During COVID-19, Dr. Lamarre’s expertise has been tested consistently. Several people in my own network have been treated by him for the virus, with glowing comments regarding his service. He is to thank for saving the lives of many of our neighbors. He also laments that he can’t show off his shoe collection for fear of bringing any bacteria home from the hospital.
Dr. Lamarre has been involved with medicine in various capacities since high school. After completing his residency, he’s been working as a hospitalist ever since, fortunate to have landed this position as his first official job in the field.
In such a short amount of time, he has helped and treated more people than we ever may. His patients rave about the quality of care, skill, and the personal connection Dr. Lamarre fosters with each of his patients.
His work schedule consists of seven consecutive days on and then seven off; on the clock, he works 12-15 hours daily and stays extremely busy all week. His weeks are a whole lot of playing catch-up with sleep and time with loved ones. He spends his free time watching movies and sports and renovating his home … and he’s single, ladies!
The doctor works with heart to honor and provide for his parents: The hard-working pair sacrificed so many things in order to give Dr. Lamarre and his brothers the best possible life. They were born in Haiti and immigrated to the U.S. when they were only teenagers. Commitment and diligence clearly run in the family.
“Growing up, you don’t quite understand what your parents have to endure, but looking back, I hope that I’ve made them proud and hope to pay it forward one day,” he said.
Certainly a man of ambition, Dr. Lamarre hopes to expand his horizons and use his skills in the most effective way, helping the greatest number of people.
“One of my goals is to open my own clinic with my best friend, which will happen in a few months from now, right here in Lake Nona. OneMed is the name of the clinic, and it has been a long time coming,” explained Dr. Lamarre. “It is an opportunity for me to start something that is desperately needed and work with like-minded individuals with similar goals and aspirations to mine, which is to bring back traditional family medicine where the onus is on the doctor-patient relationship and providing quality, evidence-based medical care.”
So much success so early on in Dr. Lamarre’s career surely means big things for him going forward. He has already been recognized and awarded with the 2020 Service Standard Award, which was decided by his own peers.
“It’s humbling and an honor to know that they think so highly of me,” he expressed.
Colleagues, patients, and anyone who’s ever met him would describe Lamarre as humble, selfless, kind, and teeming with humility and grace. The past year has shown him grace, pressure, and everything in between. It has shown him how much the community truly appreciates our heroes.
Dr. Lamarre hopes to continue to save lives and make a difference in one of the most difficult times in history. He hopes for continued quality care, fewer COVID-19 cases, and to, one day, be able to whip out his collection of sweet kicks again.
Photos Courtesy of Dr. Reynald Lamarre