Dr. Alfred J. Lewy reviews medical content for Healthwise, a nonprofit organization with a mission to help people make better health decisions. Dr. Lewy is the Richard H. Phillips Professor of Biological Psychiatry at the Oregon Health and Science University School of Medicine in Portland, Oregon. He is also a Professor of Ophthalmology, Physiology, and Pharmacology. He serves as Senior Vice Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and is the Director of the Sleep and Mood Disorders Laboratory at Oregon Health and Science University School of Medicine. Dr. Lewy is an internationally recognized pioneer in the field of human chronobiology. He has made major contributions to the study of melatonin physiology and light as they relate to depression, seasonal affective disorder, jet lag, and sleep disorders.
Education and Training
MD: University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine, Chicago, IL, 1973
PhD: University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, 1973
Internship and Psychiatric Residency: Mt. Zion Hospital, San Francisco, CA, 1973-1975
Residency in Psychiatry and Clinical Associate: Laboratory of Clinical Science, National Institute of Mental Health, Bethesda, MD, 1975-1977
Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
Oregon Health and Science University School of Medicine, Portland, OR:
Richard H. Phillips Professor of Biological Psychiatry, 2004-present
Professor, Departments of Pharmacology and Physiology, 1996
Professor, Department of Pharmacology, 1988
Professor, Departments of Psychiatry and Ophthalmology, 1986
Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacology, 1986
Associate Professor, Departments of Psychiatry and Ophthalmology, 1983
Assistant Professor, Department of Ophthalmology, 1982
Assistant Professor, Departments of Psychiatry and Pharmacology, 1981
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Dr. Lewy is co-inventor on several melatonin-use patents currently not licensed to any company. Dr. Lewy is also a consultant for Servier regarding its melatonin agonist, agomelatine (Valdoxan).
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