L. Toni Lewis, MD

Chair of SEIU Healthcare

PHOTO: L. Toni Lewis, MD, Chair of SEIU Healthcare

HOUSE CALLS: A blog by Dr. Lewis on Health Reform

Dr. Luella Toni Lewis has spent her life committed to social justice. From a very early age, she was taught by two generations of union leaders in her family that service was the highest form of leadership and that all humans deserve justice, dignity, and respect. With their support, she pursued a career in social justice through medicine and earned her Bachelor's Degree in sociology and a Medical Doctorate from Georgetown University in Washington, DC.

In 2004, Dr. Lewis became a family medicine resident and a member of the Committee of Interns and Residents (CIR/SEIU)--the largest physician's union in the Service Employees International Union. While she trained in Queens, NY, at the St. Vincent's Catholic Medical Center (Brooklyn/Queens division), the hospital experienced financial crisis. Dr. Lewis spent her medical training treating her patients and advocating for the community with CIR/SEIU and hospital workers, including her brothers and sisters at 1199 United Healthcare Workers East. She was honored to serve CIR in many roles, including delegate and National President from 2007-2010. In this national role, she saw an opportunity to affect the lives of millions by serving the 1.1 million healthcare workers of SEIU Healthcare and 2.2 million service workers of SEIU. As the healthcare reform movement intensified in 2008, Dr. Lewis continued to work to raise the voices of healthcare providers and the communities they serve. Because of this work, in 2010, with support of her family, friends, patients, colleagues, and SEIU President Mary Kay Henry, she was appointed Chair of SEIU Healthcare, the largest division in SEIU. She currently serves SEIU in this capacity and on the board of SEIU as an international Vice President. She is devoted to health justice for all communities. Dr. Lewis is board certified in Family and Geriatric Medicine and currently resides in Brooklyn, NY.

MEDIA: To arrange an interview with Dr. Lewis, please contact the Media Department at 202-730-7162 or via e-mail at Media[at]seiu.org.

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