Richard F. Lewis, M.D.

Director, Jenks Vestibular Diagnostic Laboratory

Associate Professor of Otolaryngology, Harvard Medical School

Associate Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School

Specialties

Jenks Vestibular Laboratory

Otology and Neurotology

Otoneurology

Vestibular/Balance Disorders

Board Certification

  • Neurology

Main Campus
243 Charles Street
Boston, MA 02114
Phone: 617-573-3501
Fax: 617-573-3914
Mondays from 1pm to 3pm, Thursdays from 10am to 12:30pm
Accepting New Patients

Overview

Biography

Dr. Richard Lewis is a board-certified neurologist who specializes in vestibular and balance disorders as well as otoneurology. He received his undergraduate degree in physics from Northwestern University in 1981 and his medical degree from Yale University in 1986. He returned to Northwestern University in 1986 for a one-year internal medicine internship before completing his residency in neurology in 1990 at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He then did a four-year combined research and clinical fellowship in otoneurology at Johns Hopkins Hospital, which he completed in 1994. Now, he is the Director of the Jenks Vestibular Diagnostic Laboratory at Mass. Eye and Ear, and an Associate Professor of Otolaryngology and an Associate Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School.

Considered one of the world’s authorities in otoneurology, Dr. Lewis has been an invited speaker at national and international meetings and has authored numerous peer-reviewed publications in the field. He is the editor of Vestibular Function in Health and Disease, is the associate editor for the Journal for Research in Otolaryngology (JARO), is on the editorial board of Otology & Neurotology and The Journal of Neurophysiology, and is an ad hoc reviewer for several other specialty journals. He serves as the Director of the Vestibular section of the Speech and Hearing Bioscience Technology Program at Mass. Eye and Ear/Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Lewis’ research focuses on vestibular physiology and pathophysiology, specifically the processing of vestibular information by the brain, vestibular prosthesis, vestibular migraine, and vestibular compensation. His clinical work focuses on patients with vestibular disorders and clinical vestibular testing.

Select Publications

Please see Dr. Lewis' CV.

Motion perception in patients with idiopathic bilateral vestibular hypofunction. Priesol AJ, Valko Y, Merfeld DM, Lewis RF. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2014 Mar 19;150(6):1040-1042.

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.

Head rotation evoked tinnitus due to superior semicircular canal dehiscence. Nam E-C, Lewis RF, Nakajima HH, Merchant SN, Levine RA. J Laryngol Otol. 2010 Mar;124(3):333-5.

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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Education

Education

  • Yale University, M.D.

Internship

  • Northwestern University (Internal Medicine)

Residency

  • Johns Hopkins School of Medicine (Neurology)

Fellowship

  • Johns Hopkins Hospital (Otoneurology)