Suzanne Lazorick, MD, MPH

Professor and Chair

office: ECHI, Room 2243
phone: 252-744-4065

Dr. Suzanne Lazorick is currently Professor of Pediatrics and Public Health at the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University where her main focus is childhood obesity research. She attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for medical school and a master’s degree in Public Health and remained there for residency training in combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics. She practiced several years in primary care at a rural health center before returning to UNC for fellowship training in Primary Care Research and Preventive Medicine. Her current clinical work is in a tertiary care clinic for obese children at the ECU Pediatric Healthy Weight Research and Treatment Center. She works with several state-wide efforts for obesity prevention in North Carolina, has served on several state committees for the Division of Public Health, and played a key role in the development of North Carolina’s Childhood Obesity Toolkit for physicians. She has partnered with a teacher in rural NC to study a middle school-based obesity intervention, and since July 2009 is funded by a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Physician Faculty Scholar Award to study the effectiveness of the intervention. Nationally she serves on a planning group for the American Academy of Pediatrics working to improve online continuing education materials to teach quality improvement strategies in pediatric practice. Her teaching for the Department of Public Health includes an elective course on Maternal and Child Health and various activities with medical students and residents teaching principles of population health and prevention.


  • BS, Zoology, Duke University (Durham, NC)
  • MPH, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Chapel Hill, NC)
  • MD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Chapel Hill, NC)
  • Completed residency training in Internal Medicine, Pediatrics and Preventative Medicine
  • Completed fellowship training in Health Service Research

Areas of Interest

  • Pediatrics
  • Childhood obesity
  • Community level obesity prevention
  • Quality improvement methods in primary care
  • Education of medical students and residents in population health
  • Prevention and quality improvement methods

Courses Taught

  • MPH 6670 Maternal and Child Health

Dr. Suzanne Lazorick Curriculum Vitae (PDF)