About Me

Dr. James Lozada is an award-winning, nationally recognized physician journalist. He is one of the few physicians in the United States who worked as a professional journalist before becoming a medical doctor. He appears often as a medical expert, serves as a consultant to working journalists, and has published numerous scholarly works.

Dr. Lozada earned a B.A. in Broadcast Journalism and enjoyed a six-year career working as a television reporter and anchor covering healthcare, politics, and breaking news. He interviewed four former U.S. presidents, covered the space shuttle Columbia disaster and Discovery’s return to flight mission, and highlighted ethical concerns surrounding clinical trials of the medication Polyheme. “I witnessed amazing moments and horrible tragedy while covering everything from local news to national events,” Dr. Lozada said. “I have interviewed thousands of people and gained invaluable insight into their motivation and human nature.” Dr. Lozada felt he could make a larger impact on his community as a physician, so embarked on a 12-year journey to become an obstetrical anesthesiologist.

After attending medical school in Pennsylvania, Dr. Lozada returned home to Texas where he completed anesthesiology residency training at the University of Texas Medical Branch-Galveston. He then moved to Chicago to complete an obstetrical anesthesiology fellowship at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He will joint Vanderbilt University in July, 2018 as an Assistant Professor in the Division of Obstetric Anesthesiology.

Dr. Lozada works daily to protect the health and safety of mothers and babies throughout high-risk pregnancy, labor and delivery, and postpartum periods. His research efforts focus on using big data and informatics to reduce maternal mortality rates, examine maternal mortality review committees and study the use of digital and social media to enhance patient engagement, medical education, and health improvement. He has published work on social media in medicine, care of obstetric patients, and anesthesiology.

Dr. Lozada is a skilled communicator and passionate storyteller. He uses social media, video production, podcasting, and voice over to reach patients. “We all have stories and I love telling them! I’m a journalist at heart,” Dr. Lozada said.

“My goal is to take tough topics and explain them in simple, innovative ways which are impactful to patients.”

Appearance in Media

Dr James Lozada


3/2018  Epidural Gone Wrong: 5 Things That Should Not Happen When You Opt For The Anesthetic, Romper

3/2018 Readers Seek Transparency on Investigation, KHN
3/2018 Pospartum Sex Still Hurting After 1 Year?, Romper
2/2018 Is CBD Oil Safe To Use During Pregnancy?, Romper
1/2018 Anesthesia works…But Why?, healthline
11/2017 The Best Position to Rest in After an Epidural, HelloFlo
11/2017 Letter to the Editor: Florida LPN is not heroic, Panama City News Herald

8/2017    The Epidural Truth-Straight From an Anesthesiologist, HelloFlo
Doctors, nurses divided over VA’s final rule on APRNs, FierceHealthcare
Nasal Flu Vaccine Ineffective, American Academy of Pediatrics Says, U.S. News
9/2014     Success Story: From Journalism to Medicine, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance
10/2014   Reporter Gives Up TV News to Become a Doctor, TVSpy

9/2017         Invited Guest, Common Sense Pregnancy & Parenting: The Podcast
Episode: Maternal Health, Epidurals, Maternal Mortality, Journalism

Physician Consultant
2/2018        From Health IT App Idea to Prototype in 5 Easy Steps: A guide for Physicians, Capterra
11/2017       Comfortably Numb: Is the epidural all it’s cracked up to be?, Salon.com and The Perspective

Video Production
2/2018        Alert‼ A Nationwide Shortage of Pain Medication for Labor Pain
5/2017        Obstetric Anesthesiologists Discuss Maternal Mortality, Maternal Safety
4/2017        Dr. James Lozada Healthcare Journalism Reporting Samples
3/2017        Match Day 2017 Results & Impact of Trump Immigration Travel Ban
6/2016       Pre-operative Anemia Resident Quality Improvement Project
5/2016       2016 SOAP Annual Meeting Recap
2004-06    Television reporting samples