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The most satisfying thing is to have my patient tell me they don’t have pain anymore.

Dr. Barbara Lazio

Barbara Lazio, MD Providence-employed provider


Neurological Surgery, Neurosurgery

Board Certification

American Board of Neurological Surgery

Patient Rating

4.7 / 5

615 Lilly Road
Suite 220
Olympia, WA 98506
P: (360) 486-6150
F: (360) 486-6155
413 Lilly Road N.E.
Olympia, WA 98506
P: (360) 491-9480

Philosophy of Care

I enjoy getting to know my patients, not just their neurosurgical problems. This helps me understand how an individual’s health problem is impacting their life. My focus is always to provide treatment with the ultimate goal of returning patients to the activities they enjoy.

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Dr. Lazio has expertise in general neurosurgery with special interest in brain tumors and stereotactic radiosurgery. Prior to joining the Providence team, she practiced in North Carolina as Associate Professor of Neurosurgery at East Carolina University, leading the installation and clinical launch of the Gamma Knife Program and teaching residents and medical students.

Dr. Lazio’s general neurosurgery interests include treatment of trigeminal neuralgia; degenerative disc disease of the spine; spinal injuries; concussion; carpal tunnel/ulnar nerve decompression and Chiari malformation. She is skilled in performing cervical and lumbar disc surgery, cervical fusion and cranial surgery.  Her special expertise in tumor treatment includes brain and spinal tumor surgery; endoscopic pituitary surgery; treatment of primary and metastatic brain tumors; pituitary tumors and cranial and spinal stereotactic radiosurgery.


Medical School

University of Cincinnati, Ohio


University of Maryland, Baltimore


University of Maryland, Baltimore


Awards & Achievements

Dr. Lazio’s professional awards include Alpha Omega Alpha, Rhone-Poulenc Rorer Scholarship, honor roll and the Dean’s Scholar Award at Miami University, and a Robert Kreger Science Scholarship, among others.


Dr. Lazio has published her original research on many clinical topics, including gamma knife radiosurgery, brain tumor growth factors, treatment of unusual spinal tumors, avoiding complications of spine surgery, treatment of fracture with neurological involvement, the use of anticoagulation (anti-clotting medicine) in neurosurgery, imaging in neurosurgery and rare types of malignant brain tumors. Her original research has been published in Orthopedics, Neurosurgery, Neurosurgical Focus, Surgical Neurology and elsewhere.

Dr. Lazio has conducted laboratory research in the University of Maryland Department of Neurosurgery, the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine Department of Neurosurgery and the Case Western Reserve University Department of Pharmacology, investigating topics ranging from experimental treatments for leukemia to preparing protocols for recurrent brain tumors.

Dr. Lazio has also given numerous presentations on topics including gamma knife treatment planning; gamma knife surgery for malignant brain tumors and intracranial lesions; increased survival rates after special treatments for metastatic brain tumors; current concepts in head injury; acute management of spinal cord injury; current practices in treatment of spinal tumors and invasive pituitary tumors; concussion in athletes and many more.



Dr. Lazio is a member of Oregon Weimaraner Rescue, and is very active volunteering for the Olympia School District. She formerly was a member of the Cincinnati Rowing Club and was the Coxswain of the winning women’s masters four crew team in the Masters National Championships in Camden New Jersey in 2002.

Medical Interests

Primary and metastatic brain tumors, pituitary tumors, trigeminal neuralgia, brain and spinal injuries, concussion, Chiari malformation, cervical and lumbar disc surgery, cervical fusion, spinal tumor surgery, endoscopic pituitary surgery, craniotomy for benign and malignant tumors, cranial and spinal neurosurgery.

Professional Organizations

Dr. Lazio is Board Certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgeons and is a member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, the Congress of Neurological Surgeons and Alpha Omega Alpha.



Patient Ratings and Comments

The Patient Rating score is based on responses given during the CAHPS Patient Experience Survey. Responses are measured on a 10-point scale, with 10 being the best score. These scores are then translated to a 5-point scale in order to display results in a 5-star rating. Comments are also gathered from the same survey and displayed in their entirety with the exception of any language that may be considered slander, libel or contain private health information, which will be removed prior to publishing the comments. These comments are the views and opinions of patients and are not endorsed by or necessarily reflect the views of Providence.

4.7 out of 5 (49 Ratings, 11 Comments)


Dr. Lazio has always been courteous and helpful.

Provider refused to review MRI of my neck...I would have to make another appt. for this (I was seeing her for my back condition and second opinion on back surgery. I called the office prior to visit and asked to add my neck problem as well. Apparently this didn't happen. Provider also insulted my profession!!

Dr. Lazio really cares about the conditions I have. I am grateful for all she has done to help get these taken care of.

I believe this care provider and her entire team were excellent and I would recommend them to everyone in need of the same care services they provided.

I am so grateful for the help and services I received from Dr. Lazio and the staff.

Everyone was nice and helpful.

Dr. Lazio is top notch, extremely intelligent and an expert in her field! She is very professional and observant while listening and examining the patient's condition and making an evaluation in a timely manner. She has operated on me twice [...] and followed my condition cautiously. I am very thankful that I am under her care! The community is very fortunate to have her expertise available. Thank you!

Staff very caring and helpful

A lot better than Dr. [...]!

Can't imagine a better care provider... she (surgeon) & "team" were the best!!

Excellent provider, very knowledgeable and concerned