Dr. John Lazo, ED physician with Parma Community General Hospital, was recently announced as an ACEP Longevity Award winner. Recognizing those with the longest active careers in emergency medicine ACEP presented awards at the recent Scientific Assembly in Boston, MA and Dr. Lazo has been credited with over 43 years of total service.
Dr. Lazo graduated from Garfield High School, Garfield, New Jersey in 1964
He joined the US Air Force in 1966 and received training as a Medical Service Specialist (Air Force equivalent of corpsman). After medical training in the US, he was assigned to the USAF Hospital, Wiesbaden, Germany where he received additional training in air evacuation and medical combat support; there he primarily worked in the ED, with the exception of a few temporary duty assignments in which he provided medical support to Army & Air Force units on special assignments. Dr. Lazo was honorably discharged in 1970 with the rank of sergeant and made plans to go back to college on the GI Bill. His military training and experience qualified him to sit for the LPN boards, and I was licensed as an LPN and worked at a local hospital ED in New Jersey while finishing undergraduate studies.
Dr. Lazo started working in the ED at Parma Community General Hospital in May 1983. He has served the hospital as EMS Director, Paramedic Training Director, and Department Vice Chairman, as well as 2 stints as Department Chairman. He served on the Cuyahoga County EMS Advisory Board, was EMS Director of the South Central EMS District, and has been Medical Director for the South West Enforcement Bureau SWAT Team. He was honored to have been chosen Ohio ACEP Emergency Medicine Physician of the Year 1992. When our original group, Community Emergency Physicians, joined EMP in 2002, Dr. Lazo served as interim Medical Director for EMP Cuyahoga.
Dr. Lazo and his wife, Donnalynn, live on a small farm in Hinckley, Ohio with their adult daughter Ashley, and Donnalynn's mother. His married son Jonathan is an EMT locally, but is in the process of starting a horse boarding and riding facility in Rootstown, with his wife Shelley.
Away from the hospital, he enjoys being a "gentleman farmer", cooking, photography, and politics; he is also a recreational shooter and a CCW holder.
Congratulations Dr. Lazo on your years of service to your patients.