Laycock wins Parkland's Heroes of Our Heritage Award

By Russell Rian

Dr. Royce Laycock, professor emeritus of surgery, recently was honored with a Heroes of Our Heritage Award by the Parkland Health & Hospital System.

Presented for just the eighth time, the Heroes of Our Heritage Award recognized Dr. Laycock for championing unprecedented excellence in health care, and for helping improve the lives of Parkland patients on a historic level.

Dr. Ron Anderson (right) presents Dr. Royce Laycock with the Heroes of Our Heritage Award.

Dr. Ron Anderson, president and chief executive officer of the Parkland system, presented the award.

“Those honored by this award have helped develop safety-net services for the community and, in the spirit of servant-hood, have made self-sacrifices to ensure that patients are treated with respect and humanity,” said Dr. Anderson, professor of internal medicine.

Dr. Laycock, a member of the UT Southwestern Medical School Class of 1954, is a founder and member of the executive committee of the Parkland Surgical Society and has chaired numerous hospital and university committees. Parkland is UT Southwestern’s primary adult teaching hospital.

“Parkland hospital is the best of its kind in the world,” Dr. Laycock said. “Dr. Anderson, the medical staff and all personnel at Parkland look to their work at the hospital as a ‘calling’ and not as a job. I am grateful for my time at Parkland and am sure that Parkland gave me far more than I gave back. I warmly appreciate this recognition.”

After graduating from UT Southwestern, Dr. Laycock served three years in the Army before returning to Dallas for his surgical residency at Parkland from 1957 to 1961.

Following 16 years of private surgical practice in Pampa, Texas, he joined the
UT Southwestern faculty in 1977 as an associate professor of surgery and of family and community medicine. Dr. Laycock served as vice chairman of surgery from 1984 to 1989 and again from 1990 to 2000. He also served as interim chairman from 1989 to 1990, chief of the Division of General Surgery from 1994 to 1997, and interim chief of the Division of Gastrointestinal/Endocrine Surgery from 1996 to 1998.