Dr. Lazarus graduated with distinction from the George Washington University School of Medicine, followed by internal medicine training at the University of Michigan. After spending 3 years at the National Institutes of Health doing connective tissue research, he entered a Dermatology residency at the Massachusetts General Hospital where he became Chief Resident in Dermatology at Harvard. Lazarus was then awarded a fellowship to the Strangeways Laboratories at Cambridge University in England. Upon returning to the United States, he became Chief of Dermatology at Montefiore and Professor of Dermatology at Albert Einstein and then moved to Duke University as Chief and Callaway Professor of Dermatology. He then became Chair of Dermatology and Hartzell Professor at the University of Pennsylvania (UPenn) in 1982. During his time at Pennsylvania, he was awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship to the University of Geneva as well as the Lindback award as one of the outstanding teachers in the School of Medicine. During his time at UPenn, the Department became the leading recipient of NIH support in Dermatology. In 1993, he became Dean of the Medical School and CEO of the Medical System at the University of California Davis.
In 1999, under the auspices of the China Medical Board, he moved to Beijing, China with his wife Audrey Jakubowski Lazarus, PhD, as advisers to the President of Peking Union Medical College/Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences and the Ministry of Health. During their 3 years living in Beijing, they worked on: United States reform, United States management, evidence based medicine, patient satisfaction and quality of care. They lectured extensively to medical students, faculty and national medical meetings and traveled extensively to key Chinese medical schools, business schools and United States institutions. They published a series of papers in both Chinese and American literature including an article in the Washington Post. In 2002, he returned to the United States where he currently serves as Professor of Dermatology and Medicine and Founder of the Johns Hopkins Wound Center. At Hopkins, he continued participating in the development of joint programs between China and the United States in Nursing Education and Geriatrics.
Dr. Lazarus has published over 400 articles, 7 books, and has been President of the Society of Investigative Dermatology and a board member of the American Academy of Dermatology. He has received the Montagna Award of the Society of Investigative Dermatology and Sultzberger award of the American Academy of Dermatology. He currently serves as a member of the Combat Wound Initiative Scientific Advisory Board. He is a member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation, the Association of American Physicians and is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and the American Academy of Dermatology. He has been awarded the Distinguished Alumnus Award of The George Washington University where he now serves as a member of the University’s Board of Trustees.