New Nursing Dean: Lorraine Frazier

Lorraine Frazier, PhD

Lorraine Frazier, PhD, most recently dean of the nursing school at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, joined Columbia in September as dean of the Columbia University School of Nursing and senior vice president at Columbia University Irving Medical Center. Dr. Frazier also has a faculty appointment as the Mary O’Neil Mundinger, DrPH Professor of Nursing.

Dr. Frazier served for three years as dean at Texas, where she completed her PhD, joined the faculty, and served as professor, associate dean, and chair of the Department of Nursing Systems. She also served for almost four years as dean of the College of Nursing at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.

Dr. Frazier is a national expert in biobanking. After a postdoctoral fellowship at the UTHealth School of Public Health Human Genetics Center, she served as director of the UTHealth Biobank and project director for TexGen, a biobank consortium of academic institutions across Texas. Her research into the interactions of behavior and genetics in patients with acute coronary syndrome has been funded by the NIH.

The UTHealth School of Nursing during Dr. Frazier’s tenure as dean experienced significant growth in programs, graduate enrollment, and endowment funding. In 2017, a $25 million gift resulted in the University of Texas naming the school the Jane and Robert Cizik School of Nursing.

Dr. Frazier succeeded Bobbie Berkowitz, PhD, who announced her decision in January to step down as dean after eight years. 

In announcing Dr. Frazier’s appointment, Columbia President Lee Bollinger and CUIMC Chief Executive Lee Goldman acknowledged Dr. Berkowitz’s leadership in strengthening the nursing school’s programs in graduate nursing education, clinical care, and research. “The school is in an extremely strong position to advance the practice of nursing,” said the announcement. It singled out her role in the conception, planning, and construction of the new School of Nursing building, which opened in 2017.