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Faculty Retirement: Dr. Mary Ann Lewis, Professor

Professor Mary Ann Lewis, RN, DrPH, FAAN  joined the faculty in 1989 and will retire in June.  She has provided leadership as former Chair of the Primary Care Section, Chair of the Faculty and Chair of the Psych/Mental Health Nursing and Nursing Administration Sections.  Dr. Lewis is certified as an Adult Nurse Practitioner and Clinical Nurse Specialist. She has taught in the Advanced Practice, doctoral, and baccalaureate programs, and provided mentorship for doctoral and post-doctoral students, as well as junior faculty.

Dr. Lewis was instrumental in developing support for the Family Nurse Practitioner program at the School by successfully obtaining financial support from the California Office of Statewide Health Planning through the Song Brown Workforce Act. Through her efforts and leadership in preparing nurses to care for the underserved through the Song Brown partnership, the School received the 2017 UCLA Community Program of the Year Landmark Award.

Dr. Lewis conducted several NIH-funded research studies focused on family health and vulnerable populations, especially those with developmental disabilities, which have impacted nursing care and patient outcomes. Notably, her studies on nurse-managed care for the developmentally disabled resulted in guidelines for healthcare protocols that have been disseminated to nursing students and practicing nurses throughout California. She also conducted family-focused intervention studies to improve the outcomes of care for children with asthma, particularly Latinos and family-focused intervention studies for children with epilepsy in LA and Santiago, Chile. In collaboration with her husband, Dr. Charles E Lewis, she worked with the Ministry of Health in Egypt for more than a decade to improve the health of school-age children in Cairo and rural areas.