University of Vermont

College of Medicine

Department of Pediatrics

Bio for Lewis First, M.D., M.S.
Lewis First, M.D., M.S.

Lewis First, M.D., M.S.

Chairman and Professor
Department of Pediatrics


Contact Information
E-mail: Lewis.First@uvm.edu
Office Location:
UVM - Given Courtyard, S-250, 89 Beaumont Ave., Burlington, VT 05405

Education

Clinical Fellow in Ambulatory/Emergency Pediatrics, Children's Hospital Boston, MA (1985)
M.S., Harvard School of Public Health, Epidemiology, Boston, MA (1985)
Chief Resident, Pediatrics, Children's Hospital Boston, MA (1984)
Internship and Residency, Pediatrics, Children's Hospital Boston, MA (1983)
M.D., Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA (1980)
B.A., Magna cum laude in Biochemical Sciences, Harvard College, Cambridge, MA (1976)

Academic Appointments

Professor and Chair, Department of Pediatrics, University of Vermont College of Medicine, Burlington, VT (1994-present)

Clinical Appointments

Chief of Pediatrics, The University of Vermont Children's Hospital, Burlington, VT (2001-present)
Physician Leader, Children's Health Care Service at The University of Vermont Medical Center, Burlington, VT (1995-present)
Pediatric Hospitalist, The University of Vermont Children’s Hospital, Burlington, VT (1994-present)

Editorial Boards

Editor-In-Chief, Pediatrics, Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics (2009-present)

Awards and Honors

Invited to give the Class of 1958 Commemorative Lecture (on the nobility of Medicine) to the graduating class of 2015, Harvard Medical School (May 2015 )
Named “Distinguished Educator” (highest membership level achievable) in University of Vermont College of Medicine Teaching Academy (2014)
Re-elected Chair, National Board of Medical Examiners (2013-2015) 
Clinical Department of the Year, University of Vermont College of Medicine (2014) 
Medical School Commencement Speaker, University of Vermont College of Medicine (2014) 
Recipient of Joseph W. St. Geme, Jr. Leadership Award, Federation of Pediatric Organizations (2014)
Dr. Bryant L. Galusha Lecturer, Keynote Address at Federation of State Medical Boards Annual Meeting (2014) 
Clinical Department of the Year, University of Vermont College of Medicine (2013)
Clinical Teacher of the Year, University of Vermont College of Medicine (2012) 
Keynote Opening Plenary Speaker, Association for Medical Education in Europe, Lyon France (2012) 
Runner-up, Clinical Department of the Year (2012) 
Commencement Speaker, University of Indiana School of Medicine (2012)
Keynote Opening Plenary Speaker, Association for Medical Education in Europe, Lyon France (2012)
Steven Miller Memorial Lecture on Humanism in Medicine, New York Academy of Medicine and Columbia University (2011)
Elected Chair, National Board of Medical Examiners (2011-present)
Runner-up, Clinical Department of the Year,  University of Vermont College of Medicine (2011)
Alpha Omega Alpha Visiting Professor, SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NY (2011)

Professional Activities

Media & Communications:
“First With Kids” video segments now uploaded to AAP national parenting site “HealthyChildren.org” (2013-present)    
‘Ask Dr. First”:  Monthly column in Kids Vermont, a monthly news magazine and website for parents and children (kidsvt.com) (2011-present)
First” With Kids Television Program, 3 times per week on evening and morning news (NBC affiliate), WPTZ, Burlington, VT / Plattsburgh, NY (2010-present)
“First” With Kids, Newspaper Column appearing in 15 community newspapers around Vermont on a weekly or monthly basis (2003-present)
“First” With Kids, Pediatric Radio Advice Show, 3 times per week, WOKO, Burlington, VT (1997-present)

Publications

Link to Publications