Born in Iran, Dr. Lalezari moved to California with his family at age 4. With the help of a highly influential primary school teacher, he overcame early difficulty with learning the English language to become a high achiever, eventually graduating magna cum laude – and two years early – from UCLA with a Bachelor of Science in neuroscience.
Always dedicated to education, he spent some time as a high school biology teacher, after which he set off on his journey to become a physician.
For his clinical training, Dr. Lalezari trained throughout the United States, including Florida, New York, California, and at Minnesotas prestigious Mayo Clinic. Although he studied neuroscience as an undergrad, he steered his career toward bariatrics and minimally invasive surgery after seeing the long-term effects that his care could provide, as well as the long-term relationships he could develop with patients similar to that of his primary care doctor growing up who first inspired him to pursue a career in medicine.
With bariatric surgery, I love the relationships you develop with the patients, he said. They’re looking for a way out of their current situation, theyve been fighting their entire lives, and you help them meet their goals. In the end, they’re so happy. The relationships that develop with patients over time is why I got into medicine in the first place.
After graduation, Dr. Lalezari earned a general surgery residency at Jewish Hospital in Cincinnati program and he ascended to the rank of Chief Resident. Following residency, he went on to complete his fellowship at Johns Hopkins.
In surgery, his success is now measured in the magnitude by which his patients lives are changed.