Dr. Lirtzman received his undergraduate degree with honors from the University of Illinois, and his medical degree from Chicago Medical School in Chicago, Iliniois. Following a general surgery internship and residency at Rush Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center in Chicago, he completed a cardiovascular and thoracic surgery residency at Tulane University in New Orleans.
During his residency at Rush-Presbyterian, Dr. Lirtzman received the Fremont A. Chandler Award for Excellence in surgical research, and was made a member of the Owl Club Honor Roll for Excellence in Teaching while at Tulane. He is board certified in general and thoracic surgery and is a Fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians and the American College of Surgeons. In addition to cardiac and thoracic surgery, Dr. Lirtzman specializes in vascular reconstruction for limb salvage in diabetic patients, minimally invasive lung surgery and surgery in the treatment of reflex sympathetic dystrophy. Dr. Mitchell Lirtzman's background and experience as a cardiothoracic surgeon in Lafayette, Louisiana, makes him well aware of the fight against heart disease and stroke. He is especially interested in reducing tobacco use and obesity rates among youth, making him a perfect fit with the agenda of this year's State Advocacy Committee.
Dr. Lirtzman is a long time supporter of the American Heart Association and has an impressive history of fighting big tobacco in Louisiana. Dr. Lirtzman's You're the Cure advocacy story begins in 2005, when he accepted the organization's invitation to join its Louisiana Advocacy Committee and help lead efforts for a smoke-free Louisiana. After several years of serving on the local board, this transition seemed to be a natural fit for Dr. Lirtzman. In 2006, Dr. Lirtzman served on the Southeast Affiliate Board of Directors and in 2007 he received the Outstanding Advocate Award for Louisiana. In 2009, Dr. Lirtzman was appointed Chairman of the Louisiana Advocacy Committee and helped reform the state's outdated Good Samaritan laws regarding AED liability. He continues to be an active member of the state Advocacy Committee today.
At the federal level, Dr. Lirtzman has advocated on numerous heart and stroke issues such as women and heart disease, physical education in schools and heart disease and stroke research funding. His extensive knowledge of cardiovascular diseases, combined with his passion, enables him to be a strong You're the Cure advocate.
We would like to thank Dr. Lirtzman for his hard work and support in the past and we are looking forward to an excellent year!
Photograph taken by Adam Lau, staff photographer at The Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)