Center for Immigrant, Refugee and Global Health at CUNY

Jeffrey V. Lazarus

Fatty liver disease, Viral hepatitis, Health systems; HIV and AIDS

Professor Jeffrey V Lazarus joined CUNY SPH as Professor of Global Health in early 2023.

He also serves as Associate Research Professor at the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal) in Spain. His decade-long career as a health systems, HIV and viral hepatitis expert at WHO’s Regional Office for Europe was followed by three years at the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. He is the past Vice-Chair of the EASL International Liver Foundation, Board Chair of AFEW International, and he was the first director of Health Systems Global. He currently serves as co-chair of the HIV Outcomes Beyond Viral Suppression coalition, a member of the board of directors of the SHARE Global Health Foundation and as a member of the Global NASH Council and the EASL Public Health and Policy Committee, where he leads the global Healthy Livers, Healthy Lives coalition. He is the author of more than 300 publications, including leading the landmark Global COVID-19 Consensus Statement (Nature 2022) and multiple studies on COVID-19 vaccines hesitancy including in Nature Medicine (2020 and 2023) and Nature Communications. He is a co-author of The Lancet COVID-19 Commission, The Lancet GastroHep Commission on viral hepatitis, the EASL-Lancet European Liver Commission and led The Lancet HIV series on HIV Beyond Viral Suppression. He has been advising governments, NGOs and WHO, as well as frequently appearing in the media to address pressing issues about the pandemic. He is on the editorial board of HIV Medicine, the International Journal of Drug Policy and the Journal of Hepatology.

Focus Areas

Fatty Liver Disease; Viral hepatitis; Health systems; HIV and AIDS

Key Organizational Relationships

  • Associate Research Professor, Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal)
  • Co-Chair, HIV Outcomes Beyond Viral Suppression coalition


MA, School of Foreign Service: Latin American Studies Center
Georgetown University

PhD, Faculty of Medicine: Public health, social epidemiology
Lund University

MIH, University of Copenhagen, International Health Department, joint course work with LSHTMMIH
Københavns Universitet – University of Copenhagen

BA, Latin American Studies and Romance Languages

New York University


Select Publications

  • Lazarus, J. V., Romero D, Kopka CJ, Abdool Karim s, Abu Raddad LJ, Almeida G et al. A multinational Delphi consensus to end the COVID-19 public health threat. Nature (2022).
  • Lazarus, J.V., Safreed-Harmon, K., Kamarulzaman, A. et al. Consensus statement on the role of health systems in advancing the long-term well-being of people living with HIV. Nature Communications 12, 4450 (2021).
  • Oliu-Barton M, Pradelski B, Aghion P, Artus P, Kickbusch I, Lazarus JV et al. SARS-CoV-2 elimination, not mitigation, creates best outcomes for health, the economy, and civil liberties. The Lancet (2021), comment.
  • Lazarus JV, Ratzan, SC, Palawey, A. et al. A global survey of potential acceptance of a COVID-19 vaccine. Nature Medicine (2020).
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