Jannet Lewis, MD

Jannet Lewis, MD

Professor of Medicine; Director, GW Women with Heart; Director, Noninvasive Cardiology

Jannet Lewis, MD, FACC is a Professor of Medicine and cardiologist in the Division of Cardiology at The George Washington University Medical Center. She is Director of Noninvasive Cardiology and Director of the GW Women’s Health Center. Her major clinical interests have been in the use of echocardiographic techniques in assessment of patients with heart diseases including hypertensive heart disease, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, as well as issues particularly relevant to women.

Her recent research efforts and publications have assessed the use of newer echocardiographic techniques in hypertensive heart disease, including presentations at national cardiology meetings (e.g., “Abnormal longitudinal strain using left ventricular speckle tracking in ambulatory hypertensive patients with preserved ejection fraction” and “Assessment of left ventricular function using speckle tracking echocardiography in patients with isolated systemic hypertension,” both recently presented at the American College of Cardiology Scientific meetings; and “Right Ventricular Strain by Speckle Tracking Imaging: Assessment in Stable Outpatient Hypertensive Patients” presented recently at the American Society of Echocardiography Meetings).

She has also contributed to book chapters focusing on heart disease in women: “Role of Echocardiography in Women with Chest Pain” and “Diagnosis and Treatment of Ischemic Heart Disease in Women.” The latter is part of a comprehensive book “Women and Health” that provides up-to-date information on the health of women from reproductive to geriatric years.

Her career has also been spent largely in the education of medical and cardiology trainees. The most recent presentations at national research meetings have been with students, residents or cardiology fellows under her mentorship. She was awarded a teaching award at the University of Florida, and received the Association of Black Cardiologists Hero Award.

Dr. Lewis is a member of the American Heart Association, American College of Cardiology, and the American Society of Echocardiography. She has served on a number of committees in these organizations, including positions on Women in Cardiology Subcommittees and Imaging Committees. She is currently serving as cardiology consultant on Department of Health and Human Services / Office of Women’s Health contract: Evaluation of the “Make the Call, Don’t Miss a Beat” Campaign using the National Emergency Medical Services Information System (NEMSIS). This contract assesses the effectiveness of the government sponsored media campaign to improve awareness of the signs of heart disease in women, and impact on prompt calls for emergency care.

Dr. Lewis received her undergraduate training at University of Louisiana, attended medical school at Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans, and cardiology fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. After fellowship, she received further training as an adjunct researcher at NHLBI.