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Lydia Bazzano, MD, PhD


Director, Tulane Center for Lifespan Epidemiology Research
Lynda B. and H. Leighton Steward Professor in Nutrition Research
1440 Canal St., Rm 2042
Lydia Bazzano, Associate Professor, Epidemiology

Education & Affiliations

MD, Tulane University
PhD, Epidemiology, Tulane University
MPH, Tulane University
BS, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Tulane University


As a clinician-investigator trained in epidemiology and internal medicine, Dr. Lydia Bazzano has expertise in a broad range of clinical research with a focus on cardiovascular disease and its risk factors, with an emphasis on the role of cardio-metabolic factors, including diet, obesity, lipids and glucose, in the development of vascular disease and its consequences over the life course. She has served as PI of a highly successful NIH-funded randomized controlled of a behavioral intervention to improve weight and cardio-metabolic risk factors through dietary change (subproject of P20RR017659). Since 2010, Dr. Bazzano has been working with the Bogalusa Heart Study and currently serves as chair of the Bogalusa Heart Study Program Steering Committee, Medical Director of the Bogalusa Heart Study, and Principal Investigator of NIH/NIA R01AG041200 investigating the role of vascular aging in cognitive and physical performance in the Bogalusa Heart Study cohort.  She has over 100 peer-reviewed publications and a strong track record of collaboration and funding in exploring cardio-metabolic diseases among men and women. 

Research Areas

  • Nutrition
  • Cardiovascular Disease and its risk factors
  • Aging

Honors & Awards

  • Fellow of the American College of Medicine
  • Fellow of the American College of Nutrition
  • Jeremiah and Rose Stamler Research Award Finalist
  • Janet M. Glasgow Memorial Achievement Citation
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society


Please view Dr. Bazzano's publications at her NCBI profile page.


EPID 6420 Clinical Epidemiology