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Joy H. Lewis, DO, PhD, FACP

Chair of ATSU-SOMA Dept. of Public Health, Professor, Director of Public Health & Practice-Based Research, Director of DO/MPH Program, Director of ATSU-ATSU-SOMA Practice-Based, Research Network


Dr. Lewis a Professor in the Departments of Public Health and Family and Community Medicine for A.T. Still University, School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona. She is the Developer and Course Director for the second year courses in Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Preventive Medicine. She established and directs the ATSU SOMA Practice Based Research Network (PBRN). She is also the Director of SOMA's DO/MPH Dual Degree Program. Dr. Lewis conducts community based applied research in her areas of interest including the social determinants of health, health literacy, patient safety and preventive medicine. Her work in Community Oriented Primary Care combines Public Health and Primary Care Education.

Dr. Lewis has a background in Quantitative Economics and prior to Medical School worked as a Financial Analyst at William Blair & Company. She is a graduate of the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. During medical school she gained considerable experience in health policy. She worked for the U.S. Senate Labor and Health Subcommittee of the Committee on Labor and Human Resources. She was a Fellow with the Office of Minority Health, Department of Health and Human Services. She was an Extern with the U.S. Justice Department, Office of the Surgeon General. She completed her Residency training in Internal Medicine at the University of Chicago. She is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine. Following Residency she was a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at UCLA. She followed this Fellowship with the receipt of a National Research Service Award and a UCLA STAR Fellowship. She earned a PhD in health services from the UCLA School of Public Health. Dr. Lewis is certified by McMaster University to teach evidence-based clinical practice.

Dr. Lewis conducted independent research at UCLA and as a consultant for RAND Health in Santa Monica, CA. Dr. Lewis’ research has been published in the New England Journal of Medicine, the Journal of General Internal Medicine and other peer review publications. Her work was instrumental in changing the law in California and helping seniors gain better access to lower priced prescription medications.

Dr. Lewis ran a solo rural Internal Medicine practice in Jackson, WY, for over eight years, until 2010. After working for two years on curriculum development and as adjunct faculty at ATSU SOMA she came on board full time in January 2011. In March 2011 she was elected to Fellowship in the American College of Physicians.