National President for the Committee of Interns and Residents
Dr. Luella Toni Lewis has been named the national president for the Committee of Interns and Residents/Service Employees International Union (CIR/SEIU).
Currently, Lewis is a geriatric fellow at the Monsignor Fitzpatrick Pavilion for Skilled Nursing Care, which is located in Jamaica and is next to Mary Immaculate Hospital. She is a graduate of the Georgetown School of Medicine.
With CIR, Lewis has been a member, department representative, delegate, New York Regional Vice President and Executive Vice President. In her new role as national president, Lewis will represent 12,500 medical residents.
“For as long as I can remember, my family has supported unions and speaking up for those who are unable or unwilling to speak up for themselves. My mother has been active with the National Education Association for over 30 years,” Lewis said.
“My grandmother picketed in the bitter cold of Wisconsin winter around a bonfire barrel to fight for the rights of her fellow educators and students. These strong examples, and many of the compassionate mentors through my young career, have driven me to continue my family’s tradition of looking out for hardworking people and communities.”
Among Lewis’ new duties will be speaking in forums such as public hearings, professional societies and rallies.
“Dr. Lewis will be a strong advocate for the medical residents as she is dedicated to her patients at the hospital and nursing home,” said Christopher Mastromano, the Executive Director of Mary Immaculate Hospital. “We congratulate her on her new leadership role.”
Lewis is affiliated with the American Academy of Family Physicians, American Geriatrics Society, American Medical Directors Association and Physicians for a National Health Program.