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Western Sierra has new chief medical officer

Western Sierra Medical Clinic has made a change at the top.


Dr. Christina Lasich has been promoted to chief medical officer, replacing Dr. Heather Lucas-Ross, who is returning to work as a full-time medical provider.

“We are in an extremely fortunate position where we have such a highly skilled and well-trained health-care professional as Dr. Lasich who we can promote to the critically important position of chief medical officer, while enabling Dr. Lucas-Ross to return to treating patients full time,” Western Sierra CEO Scott McFarland said in a written statement.

Dr. Lasich joined Western Sierra Medical Clinic in 2016. She has been in private practice since 2001 in Nevada County and is a frequent guest speaker at forums hosted by Stanford University, UCLA and elsewhere. She will oversee the health care staff and the quality of patient care at Western Sierra’s seven health centers in Nevada, Sierra and Placer counties. 

Dr. Lucas-Ross, who had been the chief medical officer since 2016, will treat patients in Grass Valley and Penn Valley. The Grass Valley native will accept new family medicine patients, perform in-office procedures and treat pain patients.

About the photo: Dr. Heather Lucas-Ross