Jeffrey LaFond, MD

Jeffrey LaFond, MD IM Resident

Jeffrey LaFond, MD
IM Resident

I grew up in a small town in southern New Hampshire, about 1 hour north of Boston. My nuclear family was small, as I only had one sibling, but my mother is from a family of 10 and we often had lots of fun gatherings with our extended family. I went to Central High School in Manchester, which is the same school Adam Sandler attended — maybe that explains my behavior in morning report and on rounds? We did have many of the same teachers.

I attended college at The George Washington University, where I was lucky enough to meet my wife Sarah. Sarah and I were biology lab partners during our first month of undergrad and we have been partners ever since. Prior to medical school we took some time away from academics and escaped on as many vacations together as possible. During our time away from academics, I worked as an ER tech and then obtained a Master’s at Georgetown. We then returned to GW for medical school and were married during the summer after our first year. We were fortunate to couples match at UVA for residency and had our first child, Madeline, during intern year. I plan on pursuing an academic career in gastroenterology, and likely hepatology, with a focus on medical education.

Family hiking at Humpback Rock

Family hiking at Humpback Rock

Why did you decide to become a doctor?

I have wanted to be a physician since grammar school. I had a family physician who played a central role in my life and showed me at an early age what a profound impact one can have on another life through the art of medicine. I became an EMT-intermediate in college and then an ER tech following graduation to gain more clinical experience. This hands on experience and my interest in science and health policy solidified my career goals.

What do you like about the Charlottesville area?

After living in DC for about 10 years, Sarah and I love the minimal traffic, hint of southern hospitality, wineries, mountains, and community feel of the Charlottesville area. We also rarely miss free music on Thursday nights at Carter Mountain. This is a great place to raise a family!

with Madeline at Moody Beach, ME

with Madeline at Moody Beach, ME

What opportunities do you have at UVA that made you choose us?

My wife and I chose UVA because of the location and the stellar reputation of the medicine, gastroenterology, and radiology departments. We both wanted strong academic programs in a setting that would facilitate the best work-life balance, and Charlottesville had it all.

Proudest/greatest achievement outside the professional realm?

Marrying my amazing wife and becoming a father to the most beautiful child either of us could dream of. Recently buying a minivan is a close second.

What are you usually doing on the weekend or during your time off?

I am usually wielding power tools and chain saws since I spend a lot of time on home improvement projects. I spend the rest of my time playing with my daughter and going for walks/hikes with our dogs. At night I like to wind down with a glass of wine or a craft beer by a fire on my patio.

How did you meet your spouse?

We met in college.  Sarah and I were biology lab partners during our first month of undergrad and we have been partners ever since.

Madeline reading her favorite book

Madeline reading her favorite book

Favorite vacation or recreational activity spot?

I truly loved the island of Santorini. Sarah and I honeymooned there over 5 years ago and it was the perfect vacation. From riding four wheelers around the island to drinking a glass of wine in the infinity pool with the volcano in the background…amazing.

Best advice anyone ever gave you?

“Don’t do anything anti-Darwinian” – Anonymous.

Most admired person, and why?

I admire Jon Stewart of the Daily Show…seriously. His ability to continuously and intelligently point out the hilarious inconsistencies in human behavior is unrivaled. I hope I can bring some educational satire to the medical field one day that would do his name justice.

What about you would surprise us?

My first car was my great grandmother’s 1968 Chevelle with under 40k original miles. She was alive and well when I started driving her car and was ecstatic that I was getting the chance to drive it. I love classic cars and I am sure most people at work do not know this about me…don’t hate on the minivan.

Family vacation in Austin, TX