David C. Lewis, MD
Founding Director, Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies, Brown University
David Lewis recently passed away. We are grateful for his years of service. See his obituary here.
David C. Lewis, MD, was a professor of Medicine and Community Health and the Donald G. Millar Distinguished Professor of Alcohol and Addiction Studies. In 1982 he founded the CAAS, which he directed until 2000. Dr. Lewis was a graduate of Brown University and Harvard Medical School. Trained in internal medicine, he was a fellow of the American College of Physicians and chair of the Professional Advisory Committee, Caron Foundation. He was a member of the board of directors of the American Society of Addiction Medicine and the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, where he was vice chairman, the Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse, and the Drug Policy Alliance. He was the author of over 400 publications and he was the founding editor of DATA-the Brown University Digest of Addiction Theory and Application. He received a Rockefeller Foundation Residency Fellowship at the Bellagio Center in Italy during the summer of 1998 to work on his book. He was also project director of Physician Leadership on National Drug Policy, a national policy initiative advocating greater use of medicine and public health in approaching drug problems.
In December 1997, he received the AMA's Education and Research Foundation Award in recognition of "outstanding contributions and leadership in championing the inclusion of alcohol and other drug problems into the mainstream of medical practice and medical education." He also received the W.W. Keen Medical Alumni Service Award from the Brown Medical School Alumni Association for "the physician leader and educator whose contributions represent the best of both clinical and academic medicine."