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Lydia A. Bazzano, MD, PhD

Lydia A. Bazzano, MD, PhD

Tulane University Health Sciences Center
School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine

Department of Epidemiology
1440 Canal Street, Suite 2032, SL-18
New Orleans, LA 70112

Phone: 504-988-7323

Member Since: 2009

Member Status: Fellow




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    About Lydia A. Bazzano, MD, PhD

    Dr. Bazzano is a Professor in the Department of Epidemiology at Tulane University's School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, and is Director of Tulane's Center for Lifespan Epidemiology Research. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Newcomb College. She earned an MPH and a PhD in epidemiology and an MD from Tulane University. She was awarded the American Medical Women's Association Janet M. Glasgow Memorial Achievement Citation, and was admitted to the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. She is board certified in internal medicine, for which she did her internship and residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School.

    Dr. Bazzano has a research focus on cardiovascular disease and its risk factors. Her primary emphasis has been on the role of cardio-metabolic factors such as obesity, lipids and glucose in the development of vascular disease. She has led a number of NIH-funded research projects that explore the role of diet in hypertension, obesity, and other metabolic risk factors that lead to chronic disease, producing more than 200 peer-reviewed publications as first author or co-author. She was awarded the Lynda B and H. Leighton Steward Professorship in Nutrition Research in 2014. Dr. Bazzano served on the 2020-2025 Scientific Advisory Committee to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Her work on the macronutrient composition of diets and risk of heart disease garnered attention from major media outlets including the New York Times, Time magazine, and National Public Radio.

    She has been consistently involved in SSCI activities for more than a decade. Dr. Bazzano presented a State-of-the-Art Lecture entitled "Folic Acid Supplementation and Cardiovascular Disease" during the cardiovascular session of the annual scientific meeting of the SSCI in 2009. She has moderated sessions at the Southern Regional Meetings, published articles in the American Journal of the Medical Sciences, and presented in both oral and poster sessions at SSCI meetings. She has experience mentoring PhD, post-doctoral trainees and junior faculty who have won awards from the SSCI.


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