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Suzanne Lazorick, M.D., M.P.H. (RWJ)

Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Public Health
East Carolina University School of Medicine
2009-2012 Cohort
Project Title:  “MATCH Learning to Lifestyle - A School-based Wellness Intervention for Obesity”

About the Project:
The objective of the project was to evaluate the effectiveness and feasibility of an innovative middle school-based obesity intervention in rural North Carolina called Motivating Adolescents with Technology to Choose HEALTH (MATCH).

Suzanne Lazorick, M.D., M.P.H. is currently Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Public Health at the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University.  She attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) for medical school and to obtain a Master’s degree in Public Health and remained there for residency training in combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics. After residency she spent four years in full time primary care practice at a rural health center in eastern North Carolina. She then returned to UNC to complete further training in the National Research Service Award (NRSA) Primary Care Research Fellowship and Preventive Medicine Residency programs.

Dr. Lazorick is committed to advancing efforts to prevent childhood obesity in public health, community and clinical settings. She works with several state-wide efforts for obesity prevention in North Carolina and has served on several state committees for the Division of Public Health.  Her clinical work is in a subspecialty clinic for obese children at the ECU Pediatric Healthy Weight Research and Treatment Center and in an outpatient pediatric clinic supervising residents.  During fellowship she gained experience with quality improvement methods and incorporates these strategies into her clinical, research and intervention efforts.
Her Physician Faculty Scholar Project was entitled, “MATCH Learning to Lifestyle- A School-based Wellness Intervention for Obesity.”  The study sought to understand if the intervention is effective, how it influences student lifestyle behavior change, and if expansion is feasible as a possible way to utilize the school setting to impact obesity in young adolescents.

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