Lawrence M Lewis, MD

Professor, Emergency Medicine

Dr. Lawrence Lewis Lab


Larry Lewis was a Florida Gator as an undergraduate, before coming to the University of Miami School of Medicine at Jackson Memorial Hospital to become a Miami Hurricane; which has led to some schizophrenic moments during football season. He went on to do an internship and residency in Internal Medicine at the Jewish Hospital of St. Louis and Washington University. After completing his residency in Internal Medicine in 1979, Dr. Lewis started working in the Emergency Department at St. Louis University Hospital, where with a lot of on-the-job training, he began to develop an interest in academic emergency medicine.

Emergency Medicine and Emergency Care was in its infancy in St. Louis in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s and allowed Dr. Lewis ample opportunity to participate in its development. He developed a first responder course for the City of St. Louis Police and Fire Departments, and was an early board member of the City of St. Louis Emergency Medical Services, serving as the Chair of the EMS Board in 1984-1985. In 1985 Dr. Lewis became board certified in Emergency Medicine, and that same year became a board member of the Missouri College of Emergency Physicians. He went on to serve on several MOCEP and ACEP national committees over the years, helping to draft and pass “prudent layperson” legislation for the state of Missouri while serving as the Chair of the Government Affairs Committee.

He has conducted research in a wide range of areas and published over 70 peer-reviewed articles. In 1997, he helped launch an emergency medicine residency at Washington University School of Medicine, Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

In addition to ACEP involvement in his state and nationally, Dr. Lewis has actively supported other emergency medicine organizations. He was a senior examiner for the American Board of Emergency Medicine until 2010, and has been a member of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine for 25 years, serving on a number of committees and chairing the Research Committee between 1998-2000. He also served as an item writer for the United States Medical Licensing Examination Step III from 2005-2007.

Dr. Lewis is currently Professor of Emergency Medicine, and was the 2012 recipient of the American College of Emergency Physicians’ John A. Rupke Legacy Award for lifetime achievement in emergency medicine.

His research interests have ranged from cardiopulmonary resuscitation, (in particular cerebral perfusion during CPR) to head impacts, impact attenuation and concussion, asthma, anaphylaxis, angioedema, and health policy

Interests include cycling, traveling, reading, and food Interests include cycling, traveling, reading, and food.