We are excited to announce that Rebecca M. Lewis, AuD, PhD, is joining the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (UCSF OHNS) and UCSF Health as Chief of Audiology, effective February 20, 2023!
Dr. Lewis will be an assistant professor in OHNS and will also work as the program director of Audiology for the UCSF Health System. She will partner with Payal Anand, AuD, the director of the Audiology Clinic at UCSF, and will bring research to that division.
"I'm excited to integrate the latest research findings and opportunities for patients to participate in research across many areas of our audiology clinic, with a special interest in tinnitus. By doing so, we can better understand the underlying causes of these conditions and develop more effective treatments to improve the quality of life for our patients," says Dr. Lewis. "As a clinician, I am committed to providing the highest standard of care for my patients today, and as a researcher, I am keen to collaborate with my colleagues to advance the field and help shape the future of audiology."
Dr. Lewis completed her postdoctoral research fellowship and worked as a research audiologist at the Eaton Peabody Lab at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary and a clinical audiologist in the Audiology Division of Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. She also served as a research audiologist at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center where she studied mechanisms of sensorineural hearing loss and the effects of traumatic brain injury, including injury from blast exposure. She comes to UCSF most recently from Whisper.AI here in San Francisco, where she has been optimizing hearing aid fitting outcomes using the Whisper Hearing System.
Dr. Lewis is an associate editor of Frontiers in Audiology and Otology and chair of the American Board of Audiology. She is co-chair of the External Relations Committee of the Association of Research in Otolaryngology. She is also a scientific grants project officer of the American Tinnitus Association.
Dr. Lewis has dual doctorates in Audiology and Philosophy from the department of Speech and Hearing Sciences at the University of Washington (UW), with her research completed at the Virginia Merrill Bloedel Hearing Research Center. Her undergraduate degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences was also accomplished at UW.
Please join us in welcoming Dr. Lewis!