Vivian Lewis, MD

Vivian Lewis MD ’77 VPS is Professor Emerita of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. She has been affiliated with the University of Rochester since she became Director of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility before becoming the inaugural medical school Associate Dean for Faculty Development for Women and Diversity and the University’s Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity. She has authored numerous articles, been a faculty member at three medical schools, and held leadership positions at the National Medical Association Ob-Gyn Section and, the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and advisory roles for the Food and Drug Administration and the National Institutes of Health. Her education at the Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons (VP&S) included exposure to a diverse group of mentors and role models especially through the faculty at Harlem Hospital. Participation in what was then the newly formed Black and Latino Student Organization (BALSO) provided experience in advocacy and community engagement. As an alumna, Lewis has participated in class reunions, the VP&S Women in Medicine Collaborative, and the VP&S Alumni Association Board, for which she is Interim President. Lewis is Co-chair of the BALSO Alumni Network, a new organization to support current and former VP&S BALSO members as they strive to provide culturally relevant healthcare. With other Network members, she started a new fund to provide temporary support to BALSO students with short term emergency needs not covered by their financial aid.  Lewis is married to Rustam Tahir and divides her time between Rochester, NY, and Northern California; they have two sons, Darius and Jason.

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