Ronald LewisAugusta, GA
Dr. Ronald Lewis’ career in academic urology over the last 42.5 years has occurred primarily at three institutions, Tulane University at the Medical School and the Delta Regional Primate Center for 11 years, Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota for 7 ½ years, and for the last 24 years at the Medical College of Georgia, where he has served as Professor of Surgery and Physiology, as well as Professor in the School of Allied Health Sciences for Physician Assistants and in the School of Graduate Studies. He held the Witherington Distinguished Chair in Urology & served as Chief of Urology until February 2011. He received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Medical College of Georgia in 2013, and in January 2018, he announced his semi-retirement and was appointed Professor Emeritus status in recognition of his accomplishments and commitment to the Medical College of Georgia.
He has blended a career in teaching with basic science and clinical research since his completion of a NIH fellowship in Training the Urologist in Basic Research at Tulane, to his current involvement with basic science research in Physiology at MCG. During his time at the primate center, he participated in several NIH grants serving as a co-principal investigator in a non-human primate model for varicocele. He was also co-investigator in several other grants, primarily in the fields of urinary tract infection and also a co-investigator in the NIH training grant for basic science in urology. His major fields of research while at the Delta Regional Primate Center were comparative anatomy of primate prostate, developing cell culture techniques for prostate glandular cells, the effects of varicocele on fertility, the interactive processes of urinary tract infection between the host and vectors of infective disease, and cryopreservation of non-human primate sperm. At the Medical College of Georgia, he established a basic research unit in prostate physiology and cancer, and his second appointed research scientist of that basic research laboratory obtained one of the competitive national VA merit research grants for his work in prostate cancer molecular biology. He has published over 150 papers and 50 book chapters, primarily in the field of Andrology.
He was a charter member of the International Society Medicine where he served on the Executive Board for 15 years and was President from 1998 to 2000. He is currently Historian and Publication Committee Chairman where he has been instrumental in the founding of its current journals, The Journal of Sexual Medicine, Sexual Medicine Reviews, and Sexual Medicine Online. He was President of the AUA affiliated Sexual Medicine Society of North America from 2010-2011. He was co-editor- in-chief of the Journal of Andrology from 1992 to 1997. He is a member of over 20 scientific and urological societies. He has been a member of Best Doctors or Top Docs in America annually since 2002. He has served the Southeastern Section of the AUA as the Georgia Delegate to the Executive Committee and Chair of that organization’s Montague Boyd Prize Essay contest from 2006-2013. He has been on the abstract selection committee of the annual AUA meeting for the last twenty years and has served on four national committees of the AUA, the most recent as vice-chairman for the AUA Guidelines Panel for Testosterone Deficiency. Other AUA Committees served on include: Ad-hoc Impotence Advisory Committee in 1992; Impact of Guidelines Committee, 1997-1998; Graduate Medical Education, 1997-1998; Annual Program Abstract Review Committee, 1995-2017; Prize Essay Committee, 1999, and Male Health Task Force, 2011. In 2013 he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from The Sexual Medicine Society of North America, which is now named in his honor.