Jack Lewin MD is Principal and Founder of Lewin and Associates Health Innovation Strategies, a Washington DC health consulting firm focused on both the clinical and business aspects of health policy, including data-driven quality improvement, and delivery and payment system innovation. Serving on the boards of the National Coalition on Health Care, eHealth Initiative, and National Health Council, he assists them and physician, hospital, patient, and payer constituencies in navigating change during a time of tumultuous but opportunity-rich transition.
Lewin was CEO of the American College of Cardiology (ACC) from 2006 through April 2012. The 41,000-member ACC represents over 90% of US cardiologists, 5000 CV nurses and clinicians, and over 5000 international members. The ACC, with its distinguished reputation among professional societies for leadership in the measuring quality and outcomes to improve physician/hospital performance, is also publisher of the esteemed Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC) and is recognized as the world leader in cardiovascular education and clinical guidelines development. Lewin was named an honorary Fellow of the ACC. Prior to ACC, Lewin was CEO of the 35,000-member California Medical Association for eight years. From 1986-1994, he was Hawaii’s Director of Health, overseeing 6500 employees and a $1+ billion budget, and where he helped Hawaii achieve near-universal access to health care and revitalize statewide public health systems. He also was CEO of Hawaii’s 12-facility statewide public hospital system. Before that, as a Commissioned Officer in the USPHS, he was the founder and first Director of the Navajo Nation Department of Health, serving the needs of America’s largest Indian tribe.
Trained in internal medicine, Lewin has also enjoyed many years of practicing primary care medicine during his career in Arizona, Hawaii, and California. He serves on numerous national boards and advisory bodies, including being founder and President of the Physicians’ Foundations, which are among the top ten health-related philanthropies in the nation, focused on promoting quality, patient safety, and health information technology adoption, and President of the national Patient Safety Institute. He was an advisor on health policy to President Clinton.
Dr. Lewin received his B.A. in Biological Sciences from the University of California, Irvine, and his M.D. from the University of Southern California.