Suzanne Lagarde, MD, MBA, FACP

Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Lagarde serves as CEO of Fair Haven Community Health Care, a Federally Qualified Health Center providing comprehensive health care to nearly 30,000 residents of southern CT.

In her 9 years at the helm of Fair Haven, she has overseen considerable growth, with the addition of several new clinical sites and new clinical services. She currently oversees the health center’s efforts in practice transformation, transitioning from volume based to value based health care delivery.

Trained as a gastroenterologist, Dr. Lagarde was a founding member of CT Gastroenterology Consultants, a large private practice in southern CT, where she worked for many years prior to her current position. She is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at Yale University and an attending gastroenterologist at Yale New Haven Hospital. She graduated summa cum laude with a degree in mathematics from Fordham University and obtained her medical degree from Cornell University. She acquired her MBA, specializing in Healthcare, from Yale University.

Dr. Lagarde is a founding member and past president of Project Access-New Haven, a non-profit which provides access to specialty care for the uninsured. She has devoted her career to improving health care for the underserved. In acknowledgement of her many contributions, she has received numerous community service awards. In 2015, she was the recipient of the “Healthcare Leadership and Innovator Award” from the Connecticut State Medical Society, one of the medical society’s highest recognitions.

Dr. Lagarde advocates for the underserved at both city and state levels. She serves on many key committees, including the Steering Committee of CT SIM (State Innovation Model) charged with healthcare reform in the state of CT. She serves on the Council on Medical Assistance Program Oversight for the state of CT, the agency with direct oversight of the Medicaid Program in CT. She chairs the Medicaid Committee of the CT State Medical Society and serves on the Board of Directors of Community Health Network (CHN), the ASO for CT Medicaid.