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Frances Marcus Lewis appointed to UWMC Endowed Professorship in Nursing Leadership


Date: March 4, 2013
Media Contact: Ashley Wiggin,, 206-221-2456

Frances Marcus Lewis, PhD, FAAN, Professor in the Department of Family and Child Nursing, has been appointed to the UWMC Endowed Professorship in Nursing Leadership, effective January 1, 2013. She has made significant contributions to nursing research, leadership, practice and education. The School of Nursing currently has twelve professorships, created by our generous donors, alumni and community partners.

“Dr. Lewis exemplifies the characteristics the holder of this professorship should possess,” said Pam Mitchell, Interim Dean at the School of Nursing. “She is a remarkable person, whose collegial relationships, research and teaching enhance the work of faculty, staff and students across our school.”

Dr. Lewis has had an extensive career as a nursing researcher, with a focus on the impact of a cancer  diagnosis on families, especially in partner relationships and with children. Her work has included study on the impact of Breast and Colon cancer, among others. In addition, Dr. Lewis is actively involved in training other health care providers in ways to improve the quality of life, symptoms and adjustment of adults with cancer and their families. This work includes national training programs in the U.S. and international training programs in Central and Eastern Europe, South America, and Japan. Recently, Lewis received a grant to train nurses in Russia to improve their work with cancer patients and their families. In October, Lewis will present as a plenary speaker at the Global Breast Cancer Conference in Seoul, South Korea on the relationships between spouses/ caregivers and women with breast cancer.

Dr. Lewis is also a noted evaluation methodologist and an expert in health behavior theory. She was one of the founding Editors of the award-winning textbook: Health Behavior & Health Education: Theory, Research and Practice and is the recent recipient of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation Professor of Survivorship Award; the Palmer Lectureship (Loyola, Chicago), among others; and is sought widely as a research methodologist by universities nationally and internationally.

Dr. Lewis received her BSN from Loretto Heights College, Regis University in Denver, an MN from the University of Washington School of Nursing and her PhD in the Sociology of Education from Stanford University. Additionally, she holds two MA degrees in Sociology and the Social Foundations of Education from Stanford University. She completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship at Johns Hopkins University and held an additional fellow position at Boston University’s Center for Educational Development in Health Policy Institute. She has been a faculty member at the University of Washington School of Nursing since 1978.

The UWMC Endowed Professorship in Nursing Leadership was originally established in 2005 to support a faculty leader’s work in educating future nurse leaders, both in academic and clinical settings. As the UWMC Endowed Professor in Nursing Leadership, Dr. Lewis will work closely with UWMC nursing leaders to strengthen joint initiatives and in overall collaboration efforts. This professorship enhances the UW School of Nursing’s ability to retain distinguished faculty in clinical nursing leadership.


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