Elizabeth Maziarka

Elizabeth Maziarka

Elizabeth Maziarka

Medical Director
Urgent Care Department at the Codman Square Health Center


Dr. Elizabeth Maziarka is now the medical director of the urgent
care department at the Codman Square Health Center in Dorchester,
a community-based outpatient health and justice service center that
includes programs like a charter school and social services in addition
to the free standing clinic.

She knew as a 10-year-old she wanted to be a doctor.

“I was always interested in science and math and the human body
and the connection people have with each other,” she said. “Not
only the physical aspect, but also the mental connections.”

After graduating from Marquette University, she joined JVC in 1989
in Washington, D.C. There, she worked at the Columbia Road Health Services
providing medical, lab and pharmacy support to a patient population made
up primarily of El Salvadoran war refugees. Since then she has worked in
Chicago as a mental health therapist, attended medical school, focusing on
family medicine, and did her residency working with the Native American
population.

She moved to the Boston suburbs with her husband, and now works
with a patient population consisting of approximately 40 percent from
Haiti and the rest from the surrounding neighborhood of Dorchester,
including many patients of African descent. Within this diverse group,
87 percent live below 200 percent of the federal poverty level.
“I was excited I could pursue my dream of integration of medicine
and culture,” she said. “Medicine is not about having someone take
a pill. It is asking, What is life like? What are your stressors? How
does it affect your health? All those issues are important.”