Lehigh Valley Health Network Names New Chief of Neurology
Steven Lewis, MD, is a director of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
Steven L. Lewis, MD, a neurologist who spent the first 30 years of his career in Chicago in the roles of clinician, administrator, educator and writer/editor, is the new chief of the Division of Neurology at Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN).
Lewis assumed this role following the retirement of John E. Castaldo, MD, who had been LVHN’s neurology chair from 2001 until February 2017.
Lewis previously served as associate chair of the Department of Neurological Sciences at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, as well as Head of the Section of General Neurology and the Neurology Residency program director. At LVHN, he will provide leadership for the expansion of the Division of Neurology into a national referral center for clinical care, neurologic education and clinical research.
After earning his undergraduate degree at Yale and his medical degree at Stanford University, Lewis completed a neurology residency at the University of Chicago, where he served as chief resident. He is board-certified in neurology, with added qualifications in vascular neurology.
Lewis is the editor-in-chief of the journal, Continuum: Lifelong Learning in Neurology, the official continuing medical education Journal of the American Academy of Neurology. He is the past chair of the Residency Review Committee of the Accreditation Council for Medical Education (ACGME), the committee that oversees the program requirements and accreditation of every neurology residency in the United States. He is a current director of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and was recently elected as a trustee of the World Federation of Neurology (and the first American to serve as trustee of the World Federation of Neurology since 2008).
Lewis has written and edited several medical textbooks, including being editor for two editions of the Neurology Book for the Medical Knowledge and Self-Assessment Program (MKSAP) of the American College of Physicians. He has been published frequently in peer-reviewed journals, and has educated doctors around the world on various topics relating to neurology. He received many “Teacher of the Year” accolades stemming from his effective and insightful teaching methods for neurology residents.
Lehigh Valley Health Network includes eight hospital campuses - three in Allentown including the region's only facility dedicated to orthopedic surgery, one in Bethlehem, one in East Stroudsburg, one in Hazleton and two in Pottsville, Pa.; 26 health centers caring for communities in seven counties; numerous primary and specialty care physician practices and 18 ExpressCARE locations throughout the region including the area’s only Children’s ExpressCARE at the Health Center at Palmer Township; pharmacy, imaging, home health services and lab services; extensive inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services; and preferred provider services through Valley Preferred. Specialty care includes: trauma care at the region’s busiest, most-experienced trauma center treating adults and children, burn care at the regional Burn Center, kidney and pancreas transplants; perinatal/neonatal, cardiac, cancer care, orthopedics, and neurology and complex neurosurgery capabilities including national certification as a Comprehensive Stroke Center. The Lehigh Valley Cancer Institute, the Lehigh Valley Heart Institute and the Lehigh Valley Institute for Special Surgery give clinicians of the highest caliber the necessary infrastructure, programs and partnerships to help community members stay healthy and provide the most advanced treatment when needed. The Lehigh Valley Cancer Institute is a formal member of the Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK) Cancer Alliance, a transformative initiative to improve the quality of care and outcomes for people with cancer in community health care settings, including access to key MSK clinical trials. Robotic surgery is offered in ten specialties across the health network with more than 10,000 procedures performed since 2007. Lehigh Valley Children’s Hospital, the only children’s hospital and Level 4 NICU in the region, provides care in more than 30 specialties and general pediatrics. Lehigh Valley Hospital–Cedar Crest has been recognized among the top five hospitals in Pennsylvania by U.S. News & World Report for for five consecutive years. Lehigh Valley Hospital–Cedar Crest, Lehigh Valley Hospital–17th Street and Lehigh Valley Hospital–Muhlenberg are national Magnet hospitals for excellence in nursing. Additional information is available by visiting LVHN.org, or following us on Facebook and Twitter.