Dr Lelika Lazarus


Associate Professor Lelika Lazarus


+27 31 260 7899




WestvilleRoom F3-01-009

Department of Human Anatomy

Research Interests

  • Medical Education
  • Autoethnography in the anatomical sciences
  • Use of creative projects in anatomy teaching and learning
  • Clinical Anatomy including human anatomical variations
  • Anatomy of the shoulder and related clinical applicability including biomechanics
  • Cardiovascular anatomy

Research Focus Areas

  • Neuroanatomy
  • Craniofacial anatomy
  • Anatomy Education
  • Cardiovascular anatomy
  • Clinical Anatomy of the Sub-acromial complex
  • Human Anatomical Variations



Biosketch Lelika Lazarus, Associate Professor (PhD UKZN), joined the Department of Clinical Anatomy at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (former University of Durban Westville) in 1997. She is a NRF-rated scientist anatomist with various journal publications and presentations at national and international conferences.
Prof Lazarus lectures clinical anatomy at both under and postgraduate levels, and supervises numerous students at Honours, Masters and PhD levels. Her research and teaching interests are primarily in neuroanatomy; craniofacial anatomy; anatomy education; cardiovascular anatomy; clinical anatomy of the sub-acromial complex and human anatomical variations.
She is part of dynamic and diverse neuroanatomy and cranio-facial research teams; the former of which focuses on areas of anatomy that directly relate to clinical settings and neurosurgical procedures such as aneurysms of the anterior communicating artery, variations of the vertebro-basilar system as well as the venous drainage systems of the brain. The latter team focuses on research done in cranio-facial anatomy and reconstructive surgery such as cranio-facial defects and the anatomical basis of surgical repair.
Prof Lazarus is also involved as a collaborator in a research team that is interested in the morphology and morphometry of the scapulo-humeral complex. She is also involved in cardiovascular anatomical research in the area of aortic valves and coronary arterial circulation.
Her extensive experience and training in the anatomical and medical sciences allows her to conduct research on a variety of topics, which provides a multitude of research opportunities for students.
Links to research, media and popular articles can be found at the bottom of this page.
Publications (last 3 years) Anatomical Venous Landmarks for division of the distal pancreas: Implications for pancreatic resection

  1. Anauth, L. Lazarus, R. Naidoo

Translational Research in Anatomy. June 2023. DOI: 10.1016/j.tria.2023.100241

The potential of serum S100 calcium-binding protein B and glial fibrillary acidic protein as biomarkers for traumatic brain injury

  1. Mafuika, R. Harrichandparsad, T. Naicker, L. Lazarus

Translational Research in Anatomy. November 2022. DOI: 10.1016/j.tria.2022.100228

CASE REPORT: Bilateral tripartite dural septation of the jugular foramen

  1. Naidoo, C.O. Rennie, L. Lazarus

Journal of the Anatomical Society of India (2022) 71(3): 245-247. DOI: 10.4103/JASI.JASI_123_19

Tessier cleft numbers 3 and 4: Presentation of soft tissue and bony deformities in a select South African population

  1. Bisetty, P. Pillay, A. Omodan, A. Madaree, L. Lazarus

Translational Research in Anatomy. November 2022. DOI: 10.1016/j.tria.2022.100223

Anthropometric orbital measurements in a paediatric population

  1. Mohan, B.Z. De Gama, L. Lazarus

Translational Research in Anatomy. November 2022. DOI: 10.1016/j.tria.2022.100222

Anatomical variations of dominant anastomotic veins in the superficial cortical venous system.

  1. Naidoo, R. Harrichandparsad, L. Lazarus

Translational Research in Anatomy. September 2022. DOI: 10.1016/j.tria.2022.100210

Morphometric analysis of Kocher’s and Frazier’s points in a small sample taken from the South African scaphocephalic paediatric population: A preliminary study

  1. Bisetty, R. Harrichandparsad, A. Madaree, L. Lazarus

Translational Research in Anatomy. September 2022. DOI: 10.1016/j.tria.2022.100206

Anterior Synostotic Plagiocephaly: A Quantitative Analysis of Craniofacial Features Using Computed Tomography

  1. Mohan, L. Lazarus, R. Harrichandparsad, A. Madaree

Journal of Craniofacial Surgery. July 2022. DOI: 10.1097/SCS.0000000000008746

Anatomical basis of intracranial meningiomas referred for preoperative embolisation: A retrospective chart review.

  1. Anirudh, R. Harrichandparsad, L. Lazarus

Translational Research in Anatomy. June 2022. DOI: 10.1016/j.tria.2022.100191

Right vertebral artery arising from the right common carotid artery with an absent brachiocephalic trunk. Surgical and Radiologic Anatomy.

  1. Omotoso, R. Harrichandparsad, L. Lazarus

Surgical & Radiologic Anatomy. May 2022. DOI: 10.1007/s00276-022-02958-z

Radiological anatomy of the vertebrobasilar artery in a select South African population.

  1. Anirudh, B. Omotoso, L. Lazarus

Translational Research in Anatomy. May 2022. DOI: 10.1016/j.tria.2022.100205

A clinical investigation of the anatomy of the proximal anterior cerebral artery and its association with anterior communicating artery aneurysm.

  1. Luckrajh, R. Harrichandparsad, K. Satyapal, L. Lazarus

Translational Research in Anatomy. April 2022. DOI: 10.1016/j.tria.2022.100200

Morphometric Analysis of the Cranial Fossae in Scaphocephalic Patients: An Anatomical Basis

  1. Bisetty, L. Lazarus, R. Harrichandparsad, A. Madaree

Journal of Craniofacial Surgery. February 2022. DOI: 10.1097/SCS.0000000000008552. Online ahead of print.

Tessier number 3 and 4 clefts: Clinical Presentation and Associated clefts in a South African population

A Omodan, P Pillay, L Lazarus, K Gounden, A Madaree, K Satyapal

The Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal. 2021 Aug 20;10556656211036306. doi: 10.1177/10556656211036306

Radiological anatomy of the suboccipital segment of the vertebral artery in a select South African population

Omotoso BR, Harrichandparsad R, Satyapal KS, Lazarus L

European Journal of Anatomy, 25 (5): 553-562 (2021)

An Anatomical Investigation of the Proximal Vertebral Arteries (V1, V2) in a Select South African Cohort of Patients.

B R Omotoso, R Harrichandparsad, I G Moodley, K S Satyapal, L Lazarus

Surg Radiol Anat. 2021 Jun;43(6):929-941. doi: 10.1007/s00276-021-02712-x. Epub 2021 Mar 10.

Radiological anatomy of the intracranial vertebral artery in a select South African cohort of patients

B R Omotoso, R Harrichandparsad, K S Satyapal , I G Moodley, L Lazarus

Sci Rep. 2021 Jun 9;11(1):12138. doi: 10.1038/s41598-021-91744-9.

Fenestration of the Vertebrobasilar Junction Detected with Multidetector Computed Tomography Angiography.

B R Omotoso, R Harrichandparsad, I G Moodley, K S Satyapal, L Lazarus

Folia Morphol (Warsz). 2021 Mar 22.  doi: 10.5603/FM.a2021.0028

Parietal Foramen: Incidence and Topography

J Naidoo, JS Luckrajh, L Lazarus

Folia Morphologica: Manuscript number #64904

DOI: 10.5603/FM.a2020.0140

Could COVID-19 Trigger a Rebirth in Anatomy Education? A Glimpse of Anatomists’ Responses to Pandemics of the Past and Present

N Naidoo, K S Satyapal, L Lazarus

SN Compr Clin Med, 2021 Feb 15; 1-6. doi: 10.1007/s42399-021-00813-7. Online ahead of print.

Classification, Neurovascular Relations and the Ostium of the Sphenoidal Air Sinus: A Cadaveric Study

NP Ngubane, C Rennie, L Lazarus

European Journal of Anatomy: 24(2):99 · March 2020

An anthropometric evaluation of the scapula, with emphasis on the coracoid process and glenoid fossa in a South African population

Khan R, Satyapal KS, Lazarus L, Naidoo N.

Heliyon. 2020 Jan; 6(1): e03107. Published online 2019 Dec 27.  doi: 10.1016/j.heliyon.2019.e03107

Long head of biceps brachii tendon and transverse humeral ligament morphometry and their associated pathology.

Khan R, Satyapal K, Naidoo N, Lazarus L.

Folia Morphologica (Warsz) 2020;79(2):359-365.  doi: 10.5603/FM.a2019.0075.  Epub 2019 Aug 26.

Anatomical Classification of Tessier Craniofacial Clefts Numbers 3 and 4

Abiola Omodan, Pamela Pillay, Lelika Lazarus, Karen Gounden, Anil Madaree, Kapil Satyapal

J Craniofacial Surgery (2020) 31(4):945-949

Dimensional analysis of the bicipital groove and its associated pathology in a South African population

Khan R, Satyapal KS, Naidoo N, Lazarus L

Journal of Orthopaedics (2020) 19: 128-131

 An Anatomical Description of the Vermian Fossa: The Reappraisal of an Overlooked Entity

Luckrajh JS, Naidoo J, Lazarus L

Journal of the Anatomical Society of India (2020); 69 (4): 233-236

Perceptions of South African Academic Instructors Toward the Teaching and Learning of Anatomy.

Lazarus L, Sookrajh R, Satyapal KS.

Folia Morphol (Warsz). 2019 Mar 25. Vol. 78, No. 4, pp. 871–878 DOI: 10.5603/FM.a2019.0034

Penetrating chest injury in a case of situs inversus totalis

NO Ajayi, L Lazarus, KS Satyapal

Italian Journal of Anatomy and Embryology: 2019: 124 (1): 58-64.

 An Anatomical Study of the Facial Artery

Niemann, K.; Lazarus, L, Rennie, C.

Int. J. Morphol., 2019: 37(4):1310-1315.

 The Anatomy of the Coronary Ostia and its Relation to the Sinotubular Junction

JS Luckrajh, KS Satyapal, L Lazarus

European Journal of Anatomy: 2019: 23(3): 159-165.

 The Morphometry and Morphology of the Foramen Magnum In Age And Sex Determination Within The South African Black Population Utilizing Computer Tomography (CT) Scans

M Moodley, C Rennie, L Lazarus, KS Satyapal

International Journal of Morphology: 2019: 37(1):251-257.

 Scoping review of the morphology and anthropometry of Tessier craniofacial clefts numbers 3 and 4.

Omodan A, Pillay P, Lazarus L, Madaree A, Satyapal K (2019)

Systematic Reviews. 2019: 8: 42.

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