Company: Washington University in St. Louis
Location: Webster Groves, Missouri, United States
Lawrence Lewis, Professor at Washington University in St. Louis, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Doctors for dedication, achievements, and leadership in health care education.
Whether he’s researching, teaching, or conducting clinical work, Dr. Lewis prides himself on always taking a patient-centric approach. He currently lends his services to Washington University of St. Louis, where he has been a faculty scholar in the Institute for Public Health Policy since 2017 and a professor of emergency medicine since 2011. Prior to this, he worked at the institution as the director of research in the Emergency Medicine Division, an associate professor of emergency medicine, and the chief of emergency medicine at the Barnes-Jewish Hospital. One of his proudest achievements during his tenure there was starting the first continuous residency program in emergency medicine in St. Louis in 1997. It continues to train people to this day.
Over the years, Dr. Lewis’s research progressed from the preventative side of traumatic brain injury, like helmets, protective gear, and playground surfaces, to the diagnostic side, like biomarkers. He initially didn’t want to pursue medicine at all, and started his professional journey as an engineering major. In school, he realized his affinity for biology and physiology, and, on the advice of a professor, decided to take that route. He ended up graduating with an Associate of Arts from the University of Florida in 1972, and an MD from the University of Miami in 1976, and completing an internal medicine residency at the Barnes-Jewish Hospital at the Washington University Medical Center from 1976 to 1979. During this time, emergency medicine was in its infancy, as there were only a few programs and it wasn’t even a board-certified specialty. Still, Dr. Lewis found himself drifting toward the emergency department during his residency, and when the chief resident had trouble filling spots there, he volunteered to take every one of them. The field eventually developed enough that, in 1985, he was certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He also holds a certification from the American Board of Internal Medicine and a license to practice medicine in the state of Missouri. Some of his other research interests have come to include abdominal pain in seniors, disparities in healthcare and access to healthcare, and the treatment and management of asthma, anaphylaxis, and angioedema. In 2007, he developed guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of food allergies at a National Institutes of Health and National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases workshop, and in 2008, he was part of the F-08 Athletic Safety Equipment Subcommittee of the American Society for Testing and Materials.
Dr. Lewis loves his industry so much that he even spends his free time involved. He maintains positions on the editorial boards of ISRN Emergency Medicine and Geriatric Medicine Reports, and as a reviewer of Southern Medical Journal, Academic Emergency Medicine, the Annals of Emergency Medicine, and Academic Medicine. Further, he is an oral examiner for the American Board of Emergency Medicine, and a fellow and a member of the National Affairs Committee of the American College of Emergency Physicians. In the past, some of his roles have included senior examiner for the American Board of Emergency Medicine, co-master of the Cori Medical Society, step III item writer for the United States Medical Licensing Examination, the chair of the research committee for the Society of Academic Emergency Medicine, and president of the Missouri College of Emergency Physicians.
As a testament to his success, Dr. Lewis was honored with the John A. Rupke Lifetime Achievement Award from the American College of Emergency Physicians in 2012, the Biomarkers in Traumatic Brain Injury Research Grant from the Missouri College of Emergency Physicians in 2006, a grant from the Foundation for Education and Research in Neurologic Emergencies and the Emergency Medicine Foundation between 2004 and 2005, and a grant from the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center between 2003 and 2004. He also received the Outstanding Consultant Award from the Annals of Emergency Medicine in 1996, the Pastoral Care Award from The Feast of St. Luke in 1993, and recognition for having the best paper presentation at the 4th International Symposium on Intracranial Hemodynamics: Transcranial Doppler and Cerebral Blood Flow.
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