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Spotlight: Carl Earl Lambert, Jr., MD


Carl Lambert, Jr., MD, FAAFP


Carl Earl Lambert Jr., MD, assistant professor of family medicine, was born and raised in Calumet Park, Illinois. The oldest of three boys, he is a physician, teacher, mentor, leader, friend and more. 

Lambert received his medical degree from RUSH University Medical College in 2011. He completed his residency at the West Suburban Medical Center Family Medicine Residency Program in 2014. Initially, he worked at Family Christian Health Center in Harvey, Illinois, from 2014-2016, focusing on faith-based, Christ-centered primary care in underserved communities, but is now an assistant professor of family medicine involved with academic medicine as well as mentorship, recruitment and retention of underrepresented minority students into medicine. He enjoys providing thorough, compassionate and whole-person continuity and preventative care to people from all communities and walks of life as medical director of the RUSH University Family Physicians group.

Aside from clinical practice, Lambert remains very involved in the RUSH community in several capacities, including being a committed and engaged clinical teacher and preceptor, a small-group clinician educator and facilitator in RUSH’s new integrated curriculum, a clinical and academic advisor for medical students the Family Medicine Leadership Program, director of the service-learning curriculum, an executive member of the Admissions Committee, as well as faculty advisor for both the RUSH Christian Fellowship and for minority medical students in the RUSH chapter of the Student National Medical Association.  

Lambert has been chosen to serve on the board of directors for Lawndale Christian Health Center, one of the longest standing Christian Federally Qualified Health Centers in the nation. Lambert is a member of the American Association of Family Physicians, a diplomat of the American Board of Family Medicine, a member of the Christian Community Health Fellowship, an academic adviser for the National Medical Fellowship Minority Primary Care Leadership Program,= and the Chicago Area Albert Schweitzer Fellowship Program.

Lambert has been fortunate to be the recipient of several awards in his career, including the 2011 David Jones Peck, MD, Award, induction into the Arnold P. Gold Medical Humanism Honor Society, the 2010 American Medical Association Minority Scholar Award, the 2011 National Medical Fellowship Resident Scholar Award, the 2017 recipient of the Outstanding Educator Award from the office of Congressman Danny Davis, the 2017 recipient of the Leonidas J. Berry, MD, Award for Diversity and Inclusion, the 2017-2018 Family Medicine Preceptor of the Year Award and the 2017-2018 recipient of the RUSH Medical College Positive Learning Environment Award.

His special interests include community-based medical services, integrating faith into medicine, child and adolescent wellness, family planning and men’s health. He is happily married to his lovely wife, Adrienne, and remains engaged in his home church, Bellevue Baptist Church, in Chicago.