In the spring of 2010, Dr. L. Toni Lewis was elected Chair of SEIU Healthcare, the healthcare arm of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) representing more than 1.2 million doctors, nurses, and healthcare workers. Dr. Lewis leads the union's efforts to improve the quality of patient care and ensure equal rights and fairness in the workplace for all healthcare workers.
From the very beginning of her family practice residency at the New York Medical College, Dr. Lewis advocated for resident physician rights and improving access to affordable, quality healthcare for all. In 2008, as President of the Committee of Interns and Residents (CIR), Dr. Lewis played a central role in building Healthcare United, a national grassroots movement of union and non-union nurses, doctors and healthcare workers that placed the issue of national healthcare reform at the forefront of the presidential campaign. In 2009, Dr. Lewis led SEIU’s initiative to unite medical residents and doctors in support of comprehensive national healthcare reform and educate voters about the benefits of the Affordable Care Act upon its passage.
Dr. Lewis is a recipient of the 2010 “Phenomenal Woman” Award by the New York Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Color (NAACP) in recognition of her outstanding commitment to civil rights and her dedicated leadership to the healthcare industry and the 2010 Dr. Paul Cornely Award for her efforts to ensure comprehensive health care for everyone in America. Deeply concerned about the health and welfare of children and working families, Dr. Lewis also serves on the board of Families USA.
Dr. Lewis earned her B.A. in Sociology from Georgetown University and her M.D. from Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C. She completed her residency training in Family Practice and fellowship in Geriatric Medicine in Jamaica (Queens), NY at the New York Medical College/Brooklyn-Queens program. Return to Board Profiles & Staff >>