Director, Latin America Initiatives
Dr. Lazareff was born and educated in Argentina. He completed his training at Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital in Cape Town, South Africa and as an Alberta Research Fellow at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada. Between 1988 and 1993, Dr. Lazareff was head of the Department of Experimental Surgery and of the Department of Neurosurgery at the Hospital Infantil de Mexico “Federico Gomez”. Dr. Lazareff was recruited by the Division of Neurosurgery at UCLA in 1993, and since 1997 served as the director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at UCLA until becoming Professor Emeritus of Neurosurgery in June 2013. Dr. Lazareff has authored 69 peer reviewed papers and a text book on neural tube defects. In 2004, he was awarded the Geri and Richard Brawerman Chair in Pediatric Neurosurgery. In 2005, the Central City Association of Los Angeles named him Treasure of Los Angeles. Dr. Lazareff has been actively involved in improving the care of children with congenital diseases of the central nervous system in Nicaragua, Guatemala, Romania, and the People’s Republic of China. He is the mentor of the UCLA Nicaragua Project and is currently the director of┬áLatin America Initiatives at the UCLA Center for World Health. At the Center, Dr. Lazareff has developed a program focused on strengthening the education of the medical students in low- and middle-income countries.