Dr. Lewis earned her medical degree from the University of the Health Sciences, The Chicago Medical School 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 six years, Dr. Lewis was Director Medical Policy World Wide Public Affairs and Policy for Pfizer, Inc. Currently, she serves as Deputy Director, W. Montague Cobb/ National Medical Association Health Institute, Chief Medical Officer of the Steptoe Group, LLC, and President and CEO, Evelyn Lewis International Consulting. She also holds appointments in the departments of Family Medicine and Medical and Clinical Psychology Uniformed Services University (USU). Previous positions include 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. 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, 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 and Engagement, 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. 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.
Dr. Lewis is a Fellow of National Association of Corporate Directors and a member of several organizations and medical associations to include the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation (Vice President), 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.
Dr. Lewis’ most significant awards include State of Tennessee House of Representatives Proclamation for co-development and instruction of the Warrior Centric Healthcare Training system; 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; and One of nine Family Physicians profiled in the American Academy of Family Physicians 50th Anniversary Book, Caring for America – The Story of Family Practice.