Lauren Barial, MD
Medical Director
Lauren P. Barial, MD is native of New Orleans, Louisiana. She graduated from Dominican High School in 1987. While a student at Dominican, she was a member of the celebrated Debs dance team. After high school, Dr. Barial earned a B.A. in Broadcast Journalism at Howard University. Following graduation from LSU Medical School in 2000, Dr. Barial continued her medical education at NYU, completing an Internal Medicine Residency in 2003. After her residency, Dr. Barial returned to New Orleans and began practicing at West Jefferson Medical Center and Meadowcrest Hospital, focusing on inpatient medicine. Broadening her career focus, Dr. Barial began a career with The Schumacher Group in Lafayette, LA as Senior Medical Officer of the Care Management Division. There, she worked with hospitals to navigate the Medicare/Medicaid landscape in denials appeals, often writing and arguing cases up to the level of Administrative Law Judge. Her efforts, and those of The Schumacher Group, influenced policy change at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid. Dr. Barial returned to her native New Orleans in 2015 and returned to work as a hospitalist at West Jefferson Medical Center. She currently works as a Medical Director at naviHealth where she helps clients make decisions about and manage patients in the post-acute care setting.