David C. Lewis Professor Emeritus of Behavioral and Social Sciences, Professor Emeritus of Medicine

David C. Lewis, MD, is 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 is a graduate of Brown University and Harvard Medical School. Trained in internal medicine, he is now a fellow of the American College of Physicians and chair of the Professional Advisory Committee, Caron Foundation. He is 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 is vice chairman, the Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse, and the Drug Policy Alliance. He is the author of over 400 publications and he is 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 currently 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."

Brown Affiliations

research overview

My academic interest has been in the evaluation of addiction prevention and treatment programs and screening and brief intervention for substance abuse in all clinic practices. For some time I was involved in testing new developments in treatment procedures, including the introduction of new psychopharmalogical agents. More recently, I worked on projects to evaluate the effectiveness of health professional education and the adoption of evidence-based policies.

research statement

My academic interest has been in the evaluation of addiction prevention and treatment programs and screening and brief intervention for substance abuse in all clinic practices. For some time I was involved in testing new developments in treatment procedures, including the introduction of new psychopharmalogical agents, and co-authored the drug and alcohol addiction chapter in Harvard Medical School's pharmacology textbook. More recently, I worked on projects to evaluate the effectiveness of health professional education and the adoption of evidence-based policies. External support has allowed for the formation of a leadership group in medicine, and now in medicine and law, to review the evidence and recommend changes in prevention and treatment policies. Several reports issued by this group (see PLNDP.org ) have been widely recognized as providing guidance for policy makers. These efforts have resulted in several private foundation grants (such as MacArthur and Robert Wood Johnson), and have provided the medical school and newly developing public health program with a policy and advocacy focus in some of our educational efforts. My new graduate-level course, (BC238) Health Policy and Advocacy, explores the process by which research findings can be transferred into practice.

funded research

(Co-PI: Lewis) 1990-1992
OSAP
"Substance Abuse Training for Practicing Physicians." $190,284

(PI: Lewis) 1990-1995
NIAAA
"New Faculty Development at Brown University." $331,103

North American Coordinator, Global Cocaine Study, and editor, "International Clinical Guide to Cocaine Problems," WHO, 1992-1994.

Director, Addiction Training Center of New England, Funding from CSAT, 1993-1998.

(PI: Lewis) 1999-2003
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Physician Leadership on National Drug Policy, "Advancing Public Health and Medical Approaches: Adolescent Substance Abuse." $749,951

(PI: Lewis) 2001-2004
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Physician Leadership on National Drug Policy, "Advancing Public Health and Medical Approaches: Medicaid and Welfare Work Project, and State Issues." $448,096

(PI: Lewis) 2003-2004
Hanley Family Foundation
"Empowering Health Professional Students to Advocate for More Training in Substance Abuse." $64,205

(PI: Lewis) 2003-2004
Josiah Macy, Jr. Foundation
"Advancing Medical Education." $20,000

(PI: Lewis) 2004-2005
Hanley Family Foundation
"Empowering Health Professional Students to Advocate for More Training in Substance Abuse." $40,000

(PI: Lewis) 2004-2006
JEHT Foundation
"Physicians and Lawyers for National Drug Policy: A Public Health Partnership." $166,396

(PI: Lewis) 2004
Charles and Helen Schwab Foundation
"Physicians and Lawyers for National Drug Policy: A Public Health Partnership." $25,000

(PI: Lewis) 2004-2005
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
"Physicians and Lawyers for National Drug Policy: A Public Health Partnership." $75,024

(PI: Lewis) 2005-2006
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
"Physicians and Lawyers for National Drug Policy: Advancing Science-Based Substance Abuse Policy Through Law and Medicine." $150,177

(PI: Lewis) 2006-2007
JEHT Foundation
"Informing the Justice System of the Science of Addiction, Substance Abuse Problem and Treatment." $355,937