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Richard F. Lewis, M.D.

Medical Director, Jenks Vestibular Diagnostic Laboratory
Specialties: Jenks Vestibular Laboratory
Otology and Neurotology
Vestibular/Balance Disorders
Phone Number: 617-573-3501
Fax: 617-573-3914
Location: 243 Charles Street
Boston, MA 02114
Office Hours: Mondays from 1pm to 3pm, Thursdays from 10am to 12:30pm
Board Certification: Neurology
M.D. Yale University
Internship Northwestern University (Internal Medicine)
Residency Johns Hopkins School of Medicine (Neurology)
Fellowship Johns Hopkins Hospital (Otoneurology)
Teaching Affiliation Associate Professor of Otology and Laryngology (Neurology), Harvard Medical School
Biographical Profile:

Clinical Interests

Vestibular, balance, and eye movement disorders

Research Interests

Vestibular and oculomotor physiology

Select Publications

Please see Dr. Lewis' CV.

Motion perception in patients with idiopathic bilateral vestibular hypofunction. Priesol AJ, Valko Y, Merfeld DM, Lewis RF. In Press, Otolaryn Head Neck Surg, 2014.

Vestibular Implants. Lewis RF, Merfeld DM. In: Advances in Otolaryngology volume 9, 2014.

Electrical stimulation of semicircular canal afferents affects the perception of head orientation. Lewis RF, Haburcakova C, Gong G, Lee D, Merfeld DM. Journal of Neuroscience 33;9530-9535:2013.

Adaptation of vestibular tone studied with electrical stimulation of semicircular canal afferents. Lewis RF, Nicoucar K, Gong W, Haburcakova C, Merfeld DM. JAR0 14;331-340:2013.

Vestibular labyrinth contributions to human whole-body motion discrimination. Valko Y, Lewis RF, Priesol AJ, Merfeld DM. Journal of Neuroscience 32;13537-13542:2012. 

Replacing semicircular canal function with a vestibular implant. Merfeld DM, Lewis RF. Current Opinion in Otolaryngology and Head & Neck Surgery 20;386-392:2012.  

Spatial and temporal characteristics of eye movements produced by electrical stimulation of semicircular canal afferents.  Lewis RF, Haburcakova C, Gong W, Karmali F, Merfeld DM. Journal of Neurophysiology 108;1511-1520:2012.

Responses evoked by a vestibular implant providing chronic stimulation. Thompson LA, Haburcakova C, Gong W, Lee D, Wall C, Merfeld DM, Lewis RF. Journal of Vestibular Research,  22;11-15:2012.

Frequency dependence of vestibulo-ocular reflex thresholds. Haburcakova C, Lewis RF, Merfeld DM. Journal of Neurophysiology 107;973-983:2012.

Dynamic tilt thresholds are reduced in vestibular migraine. Lewis RF, Priesol AJ, Nicoucar K, Lim K, Merfeld DM. Journal of Vestibular Research, 21;323-330:2011.

Vestibular prosthesis tested in rhesus monkeys. Lewis RF, Haburcakova C, Gong W, Lee D, Wall C, Thompson L, Merfeld DM. Conf Proc IEEE Eng Med Biol Soc 2277-2279:2011.

Abnormal motion perception in vestibular migraine. Lewis RF, Priesol AJ, Nicoucar K, Lim K, Merfeld DM. Laryngoscope, 121;1124-1125:2011.

Vestibulo-ocular reflex adaptation studied with chronic motion-modulated electrical stimulation of semicircular canal afferents. Lewis RF, Haburcakova C, Gong W, Merfeld DM. Journal of Neurophysiology, 103;1066-1079:2010.

Potential solutions to several vestibular challenges facing clinicians. Merfeld DM, Priesol A, Lee D, Lewis RF. Journal of Vestibular Research  20;71-77:2010.

Superior semicircular canal dehiscence presenting with head-rotation induced tinnitus. Nam E-C, Lewis RF, Nakajima HH, Merchant SN, Levine RA. Journal of Laryngology and Otology, 29;1-3:2009.

Atypical voluntary nystagmus. Lewis RF, Traish A,Lessell S. Neurology, 72;467-469:2009. 

Roll tilt psychophysics in rhesus monkeys during vestibular and visual stimulation. Lewis RF, Haburcakova C, Merfeld DM. Journal of Neurophysiology, 100;140-153:2008.

Vestibulo-ocular Reflexes Evoked by Chronic Stimulation Provided by a Vestibular Prosthesis. Merfeld DM, Gong W, Haburcakova C, Lewis RF. IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, 54;1005-1015:2007.

Eye movement abnormalities associated with unilateral loss of vestibular function. Lewis RF, Carey JP. The New England Journal of Medicine 355:24, e26,2006.

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