Office of Academic Affairs

The Office of Academic Affairs works to fulfill UMC's mission as a major academic medical center. The office develops and implements strategies to assure full integration of residents and medical students into the clinical, educational, quality, and research missions and activities of UMCNO. It provides medical leadership on issues related to the clinical mission as it pertains to residents and students, quality, clinical documentation, accreditation, orientation, patient safety, required training and use of Electronic Medical Records. The office also helps facilitate communication with the medical schools on behalf of UMC.

We are located in UMC Tower 3, Floor 1,  in the Administrative offices.
Phone: (504) 702-4900
Hours: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.  Mondays- Friday

Meet our Team

Chief Academic Officer

Cathy Lazarus, MD, also serves as the Associate Dean for Student Affairs at the LSU School of Medicine. Previously, she worked as Chief of the Workforce Development service at the Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System. She has also served as Senior Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Medical Education, and Professor of Medicine and Division Chief in General Internal Medicine at Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in Chicago, IL. Dr. Lazarus received her medical degree from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri, where she also completed her internship and residency in internal medicine.

Contact Dr. Lazarus

Associate Academic Officers

Robin McGoey, M.D., is Associate Professor of Pathology at LSU New Orleans SOM, has served as Residency Program Director at LSU since 2010.  She is a member of the LSU SOM GMEC committee and the Steering Committee for Enhancing Quality Improvement for Patients (EQuIP). 

Contact Dr. McGoey

Paul Gladden, MD
, is Associate Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Tulane University School of Medicine, currently serves as the program director for the Tulane University’s orthopaedic surgery residency and in a variety of clinical and administrative roles at UMC New Orleans.

Contact Dr. Gladden

Academic Affairs Coordinator

Gerard Williams, Ph.D., is the Academic Affairs Coordinator for UMCNO. Previously, Dr. Williams worked at the University of New Orleans, where he served in the Academic advising role for 12 years. Most recently, he led the First Year Advising staff. Dr. Williams earned both his master's and doctoral degrees in Counselor Education at UNO. Dr. Williams is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).

Contact Dr. Williams

Our Partners


The Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center New Orleans has teaching, research, and health care functions state-wide, through its six professional schools and twelve Centers of Excellence, as well as the more than one hundred hospitals and other health science related institutions with which they maintain affiliations.


The second-oldest medical school in the Deep South and the 15th oldest medical school in the United States, Tulane School of Medicine is equipping the next generation of medical professionals with the tools to succeed in a rapidly changing world and shape the future of health care.