People of the U: Dr. Ben LambertPublished on Monday, December 6, 2021By: Ruth CumminsEditor's Note: Front and Center is part of an ongoing series featuring UMMC's faculty, staff and students. See more Front and Center features.Grenada is the “new” home of Dr. Ben Lambert and his family, but his “old” home is just down the road.“I grew up in the country between Sardis and Como,” said Lambert, who recently joined the family medicine team at the University of Mississippi Medical Center Grenada. “I went to school in Senatobia, from elementary school through high school graduation.”Lambert, his wife Whitney and son Grayson are settling in after their recent move from Tupelo, where he performed a family medicine residency at North Mississippi Medical Center following his 2018 graduation from the School of Medicine at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.Lambert is seeing patients at the Family Medicine Clinic, 1300 Sunset Drive, Suite F. He interviewed to join UMMC Grenada’s Family Medicine team with Dodie McElmurray, chief executive officer of both UMMC Grenada and UMMC Holmes County in Lexington.“I felt comfortable, and I felt welcome,” Lambert said.“Dr. Lambert is a valuable addition to our already strong primary care provider team,” McElmurray said. “Strengthening the team gives residents in Grenada and the surrounding region even more community based care as we strive to create the healthiest Mississippi that we can.”Lambert’s patients include adults of all ages, and he also sees children for acute care or sick visits. “In adults, I manage a lot of chronic conditions such as diabetes, high cholesterol and hypertension,” he said.Lambert said family medicine is his calling because he wants to serve patients in their own communities. “Everyone needs a primary care provider to coordinate their care and to understand what specialists are needed for additional treatment,” he said. “It’s my job to translate and relate the information back to the patient.“I want my patients to have someone local that they can go to, and not necessarily have to drive to Jackson. If they need preventive care such as a colonoscopy or a mammogram, I can order that for them and schedule it.”His office also administers vaccines for flu and pneumonia, with UMMC’s vaccine clinic for COVID-19 immunizations located just down the hall.He and his family love to travel, and Lambert comes by it naturally. “My dad’s hobby is to travel, and some of that has been handed down to me. I’ve been on mission trips to China and the Dominican Republic,” Lambert said.“I’ve traveled to multiple places – Canada, Mexico, Australia, Scotland, Ireland, France, Great Britain and Belgium.”But, there’s no place like home.“The location was one of the reasons we chose Grenada,” said Lambert, a graduate of Northwest Mississippi Community College and Delta State University. “My wife’s family is in Cleveland and mine is in Como, so it’s a great midpoint for us to travel to both families.”Every institution is rich with personal stories. We want to know ours.Do you know a student, staff, volunteer or faculty member at the University of Mississippi Medical Center whose story would make an interesting feature or deserves to be recognized?Know someone who you think more people should know about because of his or her commitment to his or her job and/or the people he or she works with or for? Who has a fascinating hobby? Who participates in a remarkable group? Who has accomplished something amazing?We want to learn more about each individual who makes up our extraordinary UMMC Family, and we want to share what makes each person unique and special in the Front and Center section of our dynamic new UMMC Intranet.To nominate someone to be considered for a Front and Center feature, just complete and submit this short form. If that person is picked for a feature, a member of the Communications and Marketing staff will contact him or her to learn more about his or her personal story.Soon, the rest of the Medical Center will know why your nominee is an outstanding reminder of what makes this place so special – the Front and Center.