Dr. Lewis earned her medical degree from the University of the Health Sciences, The Chicago Medical School (Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science) and completed a residency in family practice at Naval Hospital Jacksonville, Jacksonville, FL. She completed a two-year faculty development fellowship at Madigan Army Medical Center and Pacific Lutheran University with a Masters degree in the Social and Behavioral Sciences.
In June 2003, Dr. Lewis retired from the United States Navy after 25 years of service. During the next seven years, Dr. Lewis was Director Medical Policy World Wide Public Affairs and Policy for Pfizer, Inc. Currently, she serves as Chief Medical Officer for Chroma Health Solutions. She is also the Chief Medical Officer for Warrior Centric Health, LLC. Previous positions with Foundations and other non profit organizations include President of the American Academy Family Physician Foundation, member Board of Directors, Veteran’s Innovation Center, Board Chair for the National Children’s Center, and President Georgia Healthy Family Alliance.
She is an Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Family and Community Health, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and Clinical Instructor, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science and serves as the American Academy Family Physician’s delegate to the American Medical Association. Previous positions include Senior Researcher in Minority Health and Health Disparities Dillard University; Deputy Director, W. Montague Cobb/ National Medical Association Health Institute; Deputy Vice President for Minority Affairs; Director of the University Health Center; Vice Chair, Department of Family Medicine; Associate Chair for Research, Department of Family Medicine; and teaching faculty at several residency-training programs.
During her tenure at the Uniformed Services University, she was awarded a Project EXPORT grant from the NIH Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities. Her professional and research interests include the impact of culture and cultural competency on healthcare outcomes, Women’s and Veteran’s health, PTSD and TBI, education and training of healthcare professionals, health management and disease prevention, community outreach and engagement, patient safety, health and healthcare disparities, healthcare policy and clinical trials and minority participation.
Dr. Lewis is nationally recognized for her expertise in the areas of Community Outreach, Engagement and Enablement, Veteran Health and Healthcare Issues, Content/Program Development and Evaluation, Cultural Competency, and Health and Healthcare Disparities.
She presents and conducts workshops on those topics and other medical specialty areas nationally and internationally. Dr. Lewis has been tapped as a national and international speaker by many organizations and associations to include: Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, National Medical Association, American Medical Association, American Academy of Family Physicians, American Academy of Family Physician Foundation, Albany State University, Uniformed Services University, Spelman College, Price Waterhouse, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, World Organization of Family Doctors (WONCA), Women of Vision, National association of Women Owned Small Businesses, American Federation of Teachers, National AFL-CIO, A. Phillip Randolph Institute, and legislative briefings at the national, regional and local levels.
Dr. Lewis is a Fellow of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) and the American Academy Family Physicians, a member of several organizations and medical associations to include the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation, the National Medical Association (NMA), the American Medical Association (AMA), and the Commission to End Healthcare Disparities.
Her military decorations include the Defense Meritorious Medal, Joint Service Commendation, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement medal. Navy Sea Service Deployment, Navy and Marine Corps Overseas Service with bronze star, and the Coast Guard Special Operations Service medal.
Some of her most significant awards include:
- Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science 2018 recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus Award
- Top Blacks in Healthcare Award
- State of Maryland House of Representatives Proclamation for launch of the nation’s first authorized Warrior Centric Health Clinic
- State of Tennessee House of Representatives Proclamation for co-development and instruction of the Warrior Centric Healthcare Training Solution
- The Center for Disease Control (CDC)
- Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR)
- Blacks in Government (BIG)
- Chapter Black Women Rock Award in Business
- publication of her story, “Keeping the Dream Alive”, one of three published in the Medicine and Natural Science section of the recently released book entitled, Women of Color in Leadership, Taking Their Rightful Place
- W.E. Upjohn Award for Innovation
- Career Communications Group, Women of Color Emerald Honor for Medical Education Award
- Uniformed Services University, Office of Recruitment and Diversity, Mentor of the Year Award
- Uniformed Services Academy of Family Physicians President’s Award
- One of nine Family Physicians profiled in the American Academy of Family Physicians 50th Anniversary Book, Caring for America – The Story of Family Practice.