Chair, Dept. of Epidemiology
School of Public Health

Contact Information:

Office Address: RPHB 210C
Phone: 205-934-6383
E-mail: bethlew@uab.edu
Websites:    UAB Scholars


University of Miami, FL
BS, 1980

Indiana University School of Medicine 
MD, 1984

University of Alabama at Birmingham
MSPH, Epidemiology, 1990

Post-Graduate Training:

Indiana University Medical Center 
Intern / Resident, Internal Medicine, 1984-7

University of Alabama at Birmingham 
Fellow, Dept. of Medicine / Division of General and Preventive Medicine, 1988-90

Research Description:

Dr. Lewis is a Professor in the Division of Preventive Medicine and Director of the Division’s Preventive Medicine Clinic.  One of her responsibilities as Director of the Division’s Preventive Medicine Clinic is direction of our large, multidisciplinary research clinic.  An internist and epidemiologist, she has considerable experience in long-term epidemiologic studies and clinical trials, including expertise in recruitment and retention in large, long-term studies, measures of body composition and bone density, population surveys, disease outcomes, lifestyle assessments, imaging in the context of large studies and epidemiologic methodology.  She is an active member of several professional organizations, including SER, and ASBMR including serving as program committee chair for the AHA Council on Epidemiology and Prevention and served on the Program Committee for the First Annual American Heart Association Asian-Pacific Scientific Forum Program.  Dr. Lewis also was program chair for the NIH-CDC funded Community Prevention Research in Women's Health Conference.  She has served as assistant editor of Annals of Epidemiology, is a member of the editorial board of the Clinical Journal of Women’s Health, has served on review committees for NIAMS, NHLBI, and NIA, and is a member/chair for several NIH DSMBs. Her research interests include a focus on the epidemiology of obesity and its long-term health effects.  She has published a number of papers from the multi-center Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults (CARDIA) study, a long-term epidemiologic study of the development of cardiovascular risk factors in a diverse cohort of young adults, describing the emerging obesity epidemic, the relative contributions of aging and secular trends, and the lifestyle factors associated with long-term weight change.  Her experience includes serving as PI, Birmingham Field Center for the Mulitcenter Osteoarthritis Study (MOST); Laxity and Malaignment in a Large Cohort Study of OA (LAXITY); Birmingham Center of the Osteoporotic Fractures in Men (MrOS) study; Outcomes of Sleep Disorders in Older Men – Birmingham (MrOS Sleep); Oral and Skeletal bone Loss in Older Men (MrOS Dental); Family Heart Study-Subclinical Coronary Atherosclerosis Network (FHS-SCAN) - Birmingham Field Center; Clinical Center for LookAHEAD: Health in Diabetes (LookAHEAD), and the Vanguard Center for the Women's Health Initiative (WHI).  Dr. Lewis serves as PI of the Birmingham Center for the CARDIA ancillary studies Visceral Fat, Metabolic Rate & CHD Risk in Young Adults Study (VIM) and the NIAID-funded Fat Redistribution & Metabolic Changes in HIV Infection (FRAM) study and the Birmingham Field Center, Androgens and Subclinical Atherosclerosis in Young Women, the CARDIA Women’s Study and Inflammation Genomics and Atherosclerosis in Young Adults (IGAP).  These studies have involved sophisticated measures of fat distribution, including DEXA, abdominal CT, and wide-slice whole body MRI.  In addition, Dr. Lewis serves as PI for the Genetic Epidemiology of Hypertension Network HyperGEN Birmingham Field Center.  She was closely involved in the trial design and measurement scheme, serving as chair of the Core Measurement Committee.  Following the initial designs and dissolution of that committee, Dr. Lewis was asked to chair the Adjudication Committee, and has designed the outcomes data collection and adjudication aspects of the study. Dr. Lewis has served on/chaired a number of study committees, including LookAHEAD’s Core Measurement (chair), and Adjudication Committee (chair), CARDIA’s Endpoints Surveillance and Adjudication (chair), Steering Committee, Executive Committee, and Publications Committees for CARDIA, and has served in a number of leadership roles on collaborative studies.


DRC Membership Category:

Senior Scientist