Kodi Azari: Top surgeon finds comfort in nature
Photo by Jake Fabricius
Plastic surgeon and hand surgeon Kodi Azari
co-directs UCLA’s Operation Mend, which treats wounded veterans with facial and other injuries requiring reconstruction. Before participating in a panel last month on how the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have changed medicine
, he talked in the Zócalo green room
about the rewarding parts of his job, his battle to stop eating chocolate and why the walls of his living room are bare.
Q: Describe your singing in one sentence or one word.
Q: Are you right- or left-handed?
Q: What would you want for your final meal?
A: Probably sushi.
Q: What’s your favorite day of the week?
A: Wednesdays. That’s my operative day. I’m in surgery that day.
Q: What promise to yourself do you break most often?
A: Not to eat that chocolate.
Q: What’s the best thing you’ve heard from a patient post-surgery?
A: I haven’t been able to sleep for a long time, and taking the pain away allowed me to sleep.
Q: If you could time-travel to any year, past or future, which would you choose?
A: I’d probably want to go back to the Big Bang and see what happened.
Q: If you weren’t a plastic surgeon, what kind of medicine would you practice?
A: Orthopedic surgery.
Q: What’s hanging on your living room walls?
A: Currently nothing because I have two little boys who like balls.