Meet our #WomanCrushWednesday of the week- Dr. Lindsey Sward, MD, Obstetrics & Gynecology!
“Also, find good female mentors. They are worth their weight in gold“
Name: Lindsey Sward
Specialty: General obstetrics & gynecology
Undergraduate education: University of Arkansas
Medical school: UAMS
Hometown: Conway, AR
Tell us about yourself?
I am starting my 4thyear as staff here at UAMS and my 2ndfull year as the OB/Gyn clerkship director. After I finished residency, I did two years of private practice before coming back “home” to UAMS.
What are some fun facts about you?
I have an almost 5 year old son named Sam who is my constant sidekick when I’m not at work. I am married to my husband Erik of 8 years who happens to be the brother of my best friend from my medical school class. We also have a chocolate lab named Layla and a miniature dachshund named Henry.
I was a competitive gymnast in my younger days (until I tore my ACL!) and then a Razorback cheerleader in college.
What do you love about surgery? Your field?
I love that, in surgery, I get to tackle a problem head-on and fix it. There is a lot of instant gratification in that. I also love that I get to use creative problem solving skills in the OR. And it’s always fun seeing patients back postoperatively; they are almost always so appreciative.
My field is the best! I get to take care of women all day long, and they definitely make the best patients. I also love the diversity that OB/Gyn offers – I get to spend time on Labor & Delivery delivering babies, time in the OR, and time in the clinic building relationships with patients. Every day is different for me, and I love that.
Did you have a career before medical school?
What brought you to LR?
I was born and raised in Arkansas and did medical school and residency here. I really missed UAMS during my brief stint in private practice and couldn’t wait to come back! I love my colleagues, and I also love teaching residents and medical students, so UAMS is a perfect fit for me.
What do you like to do when you’re not at the hospital?
I like to spend time with my little family. I also enjoy running. I am an avid reader and can devour a book – fiction or non-fiction – in a weekend.
Do you have some WISE words for women who want to become surgeons?
Be confident! Don’t let anyone tell you that you aren’t as good with your hands as your male colleagues. Also, if something doesn’t come easy, like a particular technical skill, don’t feel defeated. Surgical skills, just like any other skills in life, get better with practice. Keep working at it.
Also, find good female mentors. They are worth their weight in gold.