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Jeremy A. Lazarus, MD

Jeremy A. Lazarus, MD

Jeremy A. Lazarus, MD, a board-certified psychiatrist in private practice in Denver, served as the 167th president of the American Medical Association from June 2012 to June 2013, after serving as speaker of the AMA House of Delegates from 2007 to 2011 and vice speaker from 2003 to 2007. He is a past president of the Colorado Medical Society, the Colorado Psychiatric Society and the Arapahoe County Medical Society.

His experience in both psychiatry and private practice has enabled Dr. Lazarus to serve in multiple capacities as an effective advocate in organized medicine. Dr. Lazarus, who has been one of the AMA’s chief spokespersons on the uninsured, currently is co-chair of the Commission to End Health Care Disparities and the AMA’s representative to the Joining Forces initiative, a program of the nation’s first lady that assists veterans with traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress disorder and post-combat depression.

A distinguished fellow and past speaker of the assembly of the American Psychiatric Association (APA), Dr. Lazarus is the author of numerous publications on ethics, economics and managed care issues. His most recent book is 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 a medical degree with honors in psychiatry from the University of Illinois College of Medicine.

Following a mixed medical internship at Michael Reese Hospital in Chicago, he became chief resident and teaching fellow at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center (UCHSC) in Denver. He is a clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine and a voluntary professor of psychiatry at the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine.

Personal accomplishments include being a 13-time Ironman Triathlon finisher, 13-time 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. Dr. Lazarus and his wife, Debbie, are the proud parents of three sons and have eight very special grandchildren.