Richard F. Lewis, M.D.
Associate Professor of Otology and Laryngology
Associate Professor of Neurology
Medical Director, Jenks Vestibular Laboratory
Research Area Affiliations
Dr. Lewis’ primary research interests include processing of vestibular information by the brain, vestibular prosthesis, vestibular migraine, and vestibular compensation.
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.
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.
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.
Roll tilt psychophysics in rhesus monkeys during vestibular and visual stimulation. Lewis RF, Haburcakova C, Merfeld DM. Journal of Neurophysiology, 100;140-153:2008.
1981: Northwestern University, Evanston IL, B.A., Physics
1986: Yale Medical School, New Haven CT, M.D., Medicine
1986 - 1987: Intern, Department of Medicine, Northwestern University Medical School, Chicago, IL
1987 - 1990: Resident, Department of Neurology, Johns Hopkins University Medical School, Baltimore, MD
1990 - 1994: Research fellow, Senior clinical fellow, Department of Neurology, Johns Hopkins University Medical School, Baltimore, MD
1994 - 1995: Instructor, Department of Neurology, Johns Hopkins University Medical School, Baltimore
1995 - 1999: Assistant Professor of Neurology and Ophthalmology, Johns Hopkins University Medical School, Baltimore, MD
1999 - 2006: Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology (Neurology), Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
2006 - present: Associate Professor of Otolaryngology (Neurology), Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
1999 - present: Medical Director of the Jenks Vestibular Laboratory, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Boston, MA
2006 - present: Faculty, Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology
NIH Grant reviewer, four review panels in 2011-2013
NASA Human Research Program Sensorimotor Risk Standing Review Panel, 2009 – present
Dizziness-Migrainous Vertigo Focus Group, CHEER national network (Creating Healthcare Excellence through Education and Research), 2009- present
Ad hoc reviewer:
Journal of Neurophysiology, The New England Journal of Medicine, Brain, Annals of Neurology, The Laryngoscope, Otology & Neurotology, Neurology, Experimental Brain Research, Ear and Hearing, The Cerebellum, European Journal of Neurology, Neuroscience Letters, Journal of Neuro-Ophthalmology, Journal of Neurology, Vision Research, Animal Cognition.
Contributing editor: Journal Watch Neurology
Faculty member: Faculty of 1000 Medicine, Neuro-ophthalmology and Neuro-otology sections.
Awards and Honors
B.A. with Highest Distinction
Phi Beta Kappa
Jay Slotkin Award for excellence in research, Johns Hopkins University Medical School