Paul Lewis is the Multnomah County Health Officer and the tri-county health officer for Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington counties. He also is an associate professor in the School of Public Health.
His special interests include the social determinants of health, developmental origins of disease, health communication and good government. His current projects include decreasing opioid-related deaths, planning the emergency medical system for the next generation and improving air quality through health-based regulation.
He joined the OHSU pediatrics faculty in 1996 where he focused on virology laboratory research and launched the region’s first pediatric HIV clinic. In 1997, he became the OHSU hospital epidemiologist, beginning a career pivot to population health that led to his joining the Oregon Public Health Division in 2004.
In 2008, he began serving as health officer for Washington and Clackamas counties. In 2014, he became the Multnomah County Health Officer.
M.D., Stanford, 1987
M.P.H., Portland State University, 2013