Lawrence J. Ufford, MD
"I wanted the major tools of my trade to be my brain and my hands."
"I have been doing a lot of work in headache and other forms of chronic pain," Dr. Ufford says. "My approach to dealing with people in pain is to consider the whole person and to listen carefully. I try to understand and communicate the difference between a person's pain and suffering. If I can't isolate or treat the cause of the pain, then I target my efforts toward ameliorating the suffering.
"I became a doctor because I wanted to feel productive," he continued. After raising money for a charity and working for a Wall Street brokerage, Ufford decided, "I wanted to do something that was essentially practical. I was not comfortable working in an environment that was motivated by profit, and I wanted the major tools of my trade to be my brain and my hands." A board-certified neurologist, Dr. Ufford joined the BMC Neurosciences Department in 2006 and is a member of the Stroke Team
A native of Grafton, Vermont, Dr. Ufford majored in Russian at Trinity College (Hartford). After a time working for The Lighthouse, a nonprofit agency that provides services to those with vision loss, he came to a realization: "I couldn't work behind a desk forever." While a student at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, he was engaged in clinical research on HIV in the elderly. Medical school was followed by an internship at New York's St. Vincent's Hospital. During his residency back at Mount Sinai he became chief resident, and conducted teaching and writing projects on the delivery of palliative care to patients with terminal diseases.
After fifteen years living in Brooklyn, he knew he wanted to return to the country, and the move to Berkshire County seemed a natural one. "I like to hike and bike and ski and skate and all those things, and I try to do them every day." He lives in Stockbridge and happily admits that, since his arrival, "I've become an obsessive, compulsive gardener."