Jerry Lazarus, MD
Past President, the American Medical Association
Greenwood Village, Colorado
Jerry Lazarus is a board-certified psychiatrist in Denver who served as President of the American Medical Association (AMA) from 2012 to 2013, after serving as speaker of the AMA House of Delegates from 2007 to 2011 and vice speaker from 2003 to 2007. He is Past President of the Colorado Medical Society, the Colorado Psychiatric Society, and the Arapahoe County Medical Society. He has been one of the AMA’s chief spokespersons on the uninsured; is co-chair of the Commission to End Health Care Disparities; the AMA’s representative to the Joining Forces initiative; and a member of the First Lady’s program to assist veterans with traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress disorder and post-combat depression.
Dr. Lazarus is the author of numerous publications about ethics, economics, and managed care issues. His most recent book is entitled, Entering Private Practice: A Handbook for Psychiatrists.
Born in Chicago, Dr. Lazarus attended Northwestern University, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry. He received his MD with honors in psychiatry from the University of Illinois College of Medicine. Currently he is a clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine.
Personal accomplishments include being a 13-time Ironman Triathlon finisher, 13-tme marathon finisher, and a professional musician and singer.
Dr. Lazarus received the Colorado Psychiatric Society Outstanding Achievement Award in 2008 and the APA Distinguished Service Award in 2012. In 2013 he received the Distinguished Achievement Award from the University of Colorado Medical Alumni Association.