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Deana Lazaro, MD

Director, Rheumatology Fellowship Program
Chief of Rheumatology Section
VA New York Harbor Healthcare System, Brooklyn, NY

  • BS, Seton Hall University, South Orange Avenue, South Orange, NJ – 9/78-5/82
  • MD, New York University School of Medicine, 550 First Avenue, New York, NY – 9/82-5/86
Post-Graduate Training:
  • Internal Medicine Residency, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, 11th and Walnut Sts., Philadelphia, PA – 7/86-6/89
  • Internal Medicine Chief Residency, Morristown Memorial Hospital,100 Madison Avenue, Morristown, NJ – 7/89-6/90
  • Rheumatology Fellowship, UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School, 180 South Orange Avenue, Newark, NJ – 7/90-6/92
Career/Research interests:
  • Medical education
  • Epidemiology of systemic lupus erythematosus, particularly with regard to cardiovascular outcomes
  • Veterans Health, with regard to rheumatic diseases

Peer-Reviewed Articles:

  • Bahouth, SW, DM Lazaro, DE Brundish, and JM Musacchio. Specific Binding of (3H-Tyr8)Physalaemin to Rat Submaxillary Gland Substance P Receptor, Molecular Pharmacology, 1985;27(1):39-45
  • Lazaro, D, Elderly-Onset Systemic Lupus Erythematosus: Prevalence, Clinical Course and Treatment, Drugs & Aging, 2007; 24(9), 701-715
  • Berman J, Lazaro D, Fields T, Bass A, et. al. The New York City Rheumatology Objective Structured Clinical Examination: Five-year Data Demonstrates Its Validity, Usefulness as a Unique Rating Tool, Objectivity and Sensitivity to Change, Arthritis & Rheum, 2009; 61(12), 1686-1695
  • Richards, JS, Cannon, GW, Hayden CL, Amdur RL, Lazaro D, Mikuls T, Reingold AM, Caplan L, Johnson DS, Schwab P, Cherascu BN, Kerr GS Adherence with Bisphosphonate Therapy in US Veterans With Rheumatoid Arthritis Arthritis Care & Research, 2012: 64(12):1864-70
  • Caplan L, Davis L, Bright C, Kerr G, Lazaro, D, Khan N, Richards JS, Johnson D, Cannon G, Reimold A, Mikuls T, Body Mass Index and the Rheumatoid Arthritis Swollen Joint Count: an Observational Study, Arthritis Care & Research, 2013: 65(1):101-106
  • Mikuls T, Padala P, Sayles H, Yu F, Michaud K, Caplan L, Kerr G, Reimold A, Cannon G, Richards JS, Lazaro D, Thiele G, Boscarino J, A Prospective Study of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Disease Activity Outcomes in U.S. Veterans with Rheumatoid Arthritis Arthritis Care & Research, 2013:65(2):227-234
  • Lazaro, Deana, Alon, L, Ramessar N, Cabas-Vargas J, Shwin K, Stefanov D. Intra-articular, Bursa, and Tendon Sheath Injections: A Survey of Practice Patterns Among Members of the American College of Rheumatology, J Clin Rheumatol 2014;20: 91-93


  • Krey, PK, Lazaro, DM. Analysis of Synovial Fluid in Diagnostic Studies in Rheumatology; Brandt, Kenneth D.(ed.) Ciba-Geigy Corp., Summit, NJ, 1992


  • Lazaro, DM, Widman, D, Krey, PR. Childhood Dermatomyositis and Cerebrovascular Disease in a Patient with Klinefelter's Syndrome, Arthritis and Rheumatism, 1991;34(Suppl):R44
  • Lazaro, DM, Goyal, J, Kyner, D, Blumenthal, D. Substance P Immunoreactivity in Synovial Fluid of Patients with Arthritis, Arthritis and Rheumatism, 1995;38 No.6(Suppl):R38
  • Lutwick, L, Awobokun, O, Lazaro, D. Bacterial Tophitis (Infected Tophaceous Gout):Three Cases of a Difficult to Manage Entity, Abstracts of the Infectious Diseases Society of America 37th Annual Meeting,1999,No. 242.
  • Lazaro D, Kumar V, Gonter N and Anderson N. Osteoporosis in a Male Veteran Population, Arthritis and Rheumatism, 2003;48 No. 9(Suppl) : 698
  • Berman, J, Fields, T, Reyes, C, Pillinger, M, Lazaro, D, Paget, Stephen, The New York Rheumatology Objective Structured Clinical Examination (ROSCE): A Unique Tool for Assessing Trainees' Accomplishments in Humanistic and Patient-Centered Skills, Arthritis and Rheumatism, 2004;50 No. 9(Suppl):611
  • Berman, J, Fields, T, Azar, N, Pillinger, M, Lazaro, D, Putterman, C, Bass, A, Reyes, C, Paget, S, The Second Annual New York Rheumatology Objective Structured Clinical Examination (ROSCE):Successful Expansion Demonstrates Feasibility as a Large Scale Rating Tool, Arthritis and Rheumatism, 2005;52 No.9 (Suppl):1859
  • Lazaro, D, Conyers, G, Ginzler, E M., A Web-Based Portfolio for Systems-Based Practice and Practice-Based Learning, Arthritis and Rheumatism, 2005;52 No.9(Suppl):1100
  • Berman, JR, Fields, T, Pillinger, MH, Lazaro, D, The Third Annual New York Rheumatology Objective Structured Clinical Examination (ROSCE): Expansion and Validation of Fellow Assessment by Patient and Attending Raters, Arthritis and Rheumatism, 2006; 54, (9 Suppl):1990, S782
  • Berman, JR, Pillinger, MH, Bass, A, Fields, T, Paget, S, Weinstein, E, Lazaro, D, The Fourth Annual New York City Rheumatology Objective Structured Clinical Examination (NYC ROSCE): Utility for Rating Trainee Professionalism, 2007 presented at the American College of Rheumatology Annual Scientific meeting, abstract 1349, Arthritis and Rheumatism, 2007;56 No.9(Suppl):S539
  • Berman JR, Krasnokutsky S, Bass A, Fields T, Lazaro, D et. al. The Fifth Annual New York Rheumatology Objective Structured Clinical Examination (ROSCE): The Trainee Self-Assessment of Professionalism vs. Exam Raters, Arthritis and Rheumatism, 2008; 58, (9 Suppl):79, S196
  • Berman, J, Fields, T, Bass, A, Lazaro, D, et. al. Immediate Feedback During the Annual New ork Rheumaotlogy Objective Structured Clinical Examination (NY-ROSCE) Increases Intra-Exam Scores, Arthritis and Rheumatism, 2009;60 (10 Suppl):S457
  • Krishnamurthy A, Lazaro D, Blumenthal D, Gerber D, Flom PL, The Effect of Allopurinol on Renal Function in Patients with Hyperuricemia: A Case-Control Study, Arthritis and Rheumatism, 2010;62 (10 Suppl); S68
  • Leah A, Ramessar N, Cabas-Vargas J, Stefanov D, and Lazaro D, Musculoskeletal Corticosteroid and Local Anesthetic Injections; A Survey of Practice Patterns Among Members of the American College of Rheumatology, Arthritis and Rheumatism, 2011 poster presentation
  • Pruhs Z, Michaud KD,Erickson AR, Sayles H, Kerr GS, Gaffo A, Caplan L, Cannon GW, Lazaro D, Reimold A, Johnson D, Cherascu B, Schwab P, Khan N and MikulsT, Vascular Calcification On Hand and Wrist Radiographs Are Associated with Comorbidity and Overall Mortality In Rheumatoid Arthritis. Arthritis and Rheumatism, 2011 poster presentation
  • Vashisht, Sayles,Cannon, Kerr, Schwab, Lazaro, Reimold, Khan, Cherascu,Gaffo, Johnson, Mikuls and Michaud, Generalizability of Patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis in Biologic Clinical Trials. Arthritis and Rheumatism, 2011 poster presentation
  • Johnson, Erickson,Cannon, Kerr, Caplan, Reimold, Richards, Schwab, Lazaro, Khan, Cherascu and Mikuls, Discordant Autoantibodies and Clinical Outcomes In Rheumatoid Arthritis. Arthritis and Rheumatism, 2011 poster presentation
  • Scheers-Masters J, Blumenthal D, Macrae J, Avitable M, Lazaro D, A Controlled Pilot Study on the Use of Active Learning Techniques during a Rheumatology Elective for Medical Residents, Arthritis and Rheumatism, 2011 podium presentation
  • Cabas-Vargas J, Alon L, Ramessar N, Stefanov J, Toro J, Lazaro D, Efficacy and Safety of Joint and Soft Tissue Injections; A Retrospective Study, Arthritis and Rheumatism, 2012 poster presentation
  • Jessica Berman, Juliet Aizer, Anne R. Bass, Anne Davidson, Edward Dwyer, Theodore R. Fields, Wei-Ti Huang, Jane Kang, Leslie Kerr, Svetlana Krasnokutsky-Samuels, Deana M. Lazaro, Stephen A. Paget, Ed Parrish, Julie S. Schwartzman-Morris, Michael Pillinger, A Rheumatology OSCE (ROSCE) Using Challenging Patient Scenarios Shows Trainee Use of Medical Jargon Correlates Inversely with Perceptions of Professionalism. Podium presentation, ACR San Diego October 30, 2013