Cathy Lazarus, MD, FACP

Associate Dean for Student Affairs & Records & Professor of Medicine, LSUHSC

Adjunct Professor of Medicine, Tulane University School of Medicine
Office Address
2020 Gravier St., Lions Building, 7th floor, New Orleans, LA 70112
School of Medicine
Cathy Lazarus, MD

Education & Affiliations

Clinical Fellowship, Pulmonary Medicine, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO, 1986
Residency, Internal Medicine, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO, 1984
MD, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO, 1981
BS, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 1977

Areas of Expertise

Professional Development
Medical education
Humanities and Ethics Teaching


Cathy Lazarus, MD, FACP, is the Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Records and Professor of Medicine at LSU School of Medicine. She was a full-time faculty member at Tulane University School of Medicine from 1994 to 2005 and maintains her appointment as Professor of Medicine. At both Tulane and LSU, she developed the curriculum for and taught courses in medical ethics and humanities, communication, and reproductive health. She founded the Foundations in Medicine program at Tulane University School of Medicine. Dr. Lazarus is a member of the Tulane Society of Teaching Scholars and the 2002 recipient of the Presidential Medal for Graduate and Professional Teaching, the highest teaching award at Tulane.

She has also held the position of Chief Academic Officer at University Medical Center New Orleans from 2013 to 2018. Dr. Lazarus was Chief of the Workforce Development Service and Associate Chief of Staff for Education at the Southeast Louisiana Veteran’s Healthcare Network from 1995 to 2005 and again from 2011 to 2013. She was the Senior Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Medical Education at Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University from 2005 until 2011.

Dr. Lazarus is the vice president of the Advocacy Center of Louisiana, a group dedicated to protecting the rights of seniors and people with disabilities in Louisiana. She serves on the board of the Metropolitan Services District, Raphael Academy, the Louisiana Rehabilitation Council and Touro Synagogue. Since 1998, she has worked with the National Board of Medical Examiners, where she has served on over fifteen committees and task forces and was awarded the Edithe J. Levit Distinguished Service Award for her work. Dr. Lazarus has worked as the principal investigator on numerous studies related to education and medical humanism, published widely in the field, and lectured across the country on her research. Her scholarship focuses on professional development, the teaching and assessment of communication skills, cultural awareness in medicine, and end-of-life care.


Specter S, Kahn MJ, Lazarus C, et. al.  Gold Humanism Honor Society election and academic outcomes: A 10 institution study. Family Medicine. 2015;47(10), 770-775.

Frellsen S, Kashima K, Lazarus C, et al. Cognitive enhancement drug use among future physicians: findings from a multi-institutional census of medical students. Journal of General Internal Medicine. 2013;28(8), 1028-1034. doi: 10.1007/s11606-012-2249-4.

Vora N, Chang M, Lazarus C, et al. Student-initiated and student-facilitated international health elective for preclinical medical students. Medical Education Online. 2010;15:1. doi:10.3402/meo.v15i0.4896.

Rosenthal S, Howard B, Lazarus C, et al. Does medical student membership in the Gold Humanism in Medicine Honor Society influence selection for residency? Journal of Surgical Education. 2009;66(6): 308-313. doi: 10.1016/j.jsurg.2009.08.002.

For a complete list of her publications and presentations, see Dr. Lazarus' CV.