Dr. Michael Lewis Named Founding Chair, Department of Anesthesia

March 29, 2024

Michael Lewis, MD

Michael Lewis, MD, has been named the founding chair of the College of Human Medicine Department of Anesthesia. Dr. Lewis is a proven leader in anesthesiology and is the current chair of the Henry Ford Health Department of Anesthesiology, Pain Management & Perioperative Medicine. He has long been a leader in the field.

Dr. Lewis will start as chair on April 1, 2024.

The Department of Anesthesia, like all the new departments approved last year, is a statewide department and will engage students and faculty from all eight of our campuses. The backbone of the department will be faculty from Henry Ford Medical Group, and the impact of the college depends on our engagement in all communities of Michigan. The current faculty have done excellent work developing research and education program.
"I wish to thank Dr. Lewis for more than a year of service as interim chair of the department," said Aron Sousa, MD, dean. "His leadership has been excellent and so important to the creation of the department and our preparation for this transition."

About Michael Lewis, MD

Dr. Michael Lewis, a prominent leader in anesthesiology, achieved both undergraduate and medical degrees from University College London. His comprehensive anesthesiology training spans programs at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Philadelphia, Pa., and Jackson Memorial in Miami, Fla. Throughout his career, Dr. Lewis has assumed critical roles at the University of Miami, including vice chair, program director, and senior associate dean for graduate medical education, among others. His leadership experience was extended as chair of anesthesiology at the University of Florida College of Medicine in Jacksonville, followed by Henry Ford Health.

A Fulbright Scholar and Hartford Awardee from the American Geriatric Society, Dr. Lewis has also graduated from the Harvard School of Public Health Program for Chairs of Clinical Services. His profound impact on the field is evident through his active participation in key organizations, such as the Society for Education in Anesthesia where he earned the Duke Award for Excellence and Innovation in Anesthesia Education, and presidency roles in the Society for the Advancement of Geriatric Anesthesia and the Florida Society of Anesthesiologists where he received the Distinguished Service Award. Currently Dr. Lewis presides over the Society of Academic Associations of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine and the Michigan Society of Anesthesiologists, while serving on the Michigan Board of Medicine.