Alfred J. Lewy, MD, PhD - Psychiatry


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

Academic Appointments

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

Financial Disclosure

The final approval of Healthwise content is always made by a clinician with no financial conflicts.

Dr. Lewy receives consulting fees from Pfizer.

Current as of: January 10, 2014

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