Dr. Aaron Lazorwitz: Southwestern Gynecologic Assembly Award
By Alex Lyda
Single at 26, Dr. Aaron Lazorwitz has already witnessed dozens of births.
He charts his interest in obstetrics and gynecology to growing up among a family of caregivers. Dr. Lazorwitz’s mother is a lactation consultant, and his oldest sister is a nurse.
Even as a psychology major at Johns Hopkins University, the young Lazorwitz – born and raised in the Houston suburb of Clear Lake – knew he wanted to return to Texas as a medical student. UT Southwestern Medical Center was his top choice.
Dr. Lazorwitz is the 2012 recipient of the Southwestern Gynecologic Assembly Award. He said that while he is eager to become more heavily involved in clinical work, his four years at UT Southwestern have already given him a great start, including exposure to complex cases.
“My longest period in the OR was about eight hours, assisting with a uterine prolapse repair performed laparoscopically,” he recalled.
The Southwestern Gynecologic Assembly Award comes with $1,500, a portion of which Dr. Lazorwitz already has spent on a trip to Japan.
“I had always wanted to visit Japan,” Dr. Lazorwitz said. “And it was a good time for me to do it, because I don’t think I’ll have a chance during the next four years.”
OB/GYN residencies are typically four years in duration.
In determining where he would do his residency, Lazorwitz considered Northwestern University in Chicago, but in the end, he chose the University of Colorado Hospital in Denver.
“Since Aaron’s first days in medical school, he expressed interest in women’s health issues, both from a medical standpoint as well as sociopolitical,” said Dr. Howard Morgan, Professor of Neurological Surgery. “He certainly is deserving of the Southwestern Gynecologic Assembly Award and will make a good resident and a fine practitioner.”
Dr. Lazorwitz plans to spend the rest of the award money moving to Denver. He plans to fly up to look for an apartment soon. But when the time comes, he’ll rent a U-Haul trailer and will make the drive before his residency starts.
Dr. Morgan holds the Trammell Crow Professorship in Neurosurgery.