Carole B. Lewis, PT, DPT, GTC, PhD, has focused throughout her career on the continuous improvement of clinical care provided to older adults. Dr Lewis is an adjunct professor at the George Washington University Medical Center Department of Health Care Services and continues to work in private practice. She serves as president of Great Seminars and Books and Great Seminars Online and for 33 years has been editor-in-chief of Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation, which won the Association of American Publishers’ Award for the Most Outstanding Issue of a Scientific Journal. She earned a DPT from MGH Institute of Health Professions, a PhD in health education from the University of Maryland, an MS in gerontology from the University of Southern California Leonard Davis School, an MPA in health care management from the University of Southern California, and a BS in physical therapy from The Ohio State University.
Dr Lewis has held 24 consultation positions in clinics and workplaces and with third-party payers. One of the first researchers to determine that older adults are able to exercise safely and can realize major improvements in outcomes when prescribed appropriate exercise, Dr Lewis has published extensively in the field of aging, with research published in journals such as Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and the New England Journal of Medicine. She is author of more than 20 textbooks on aging, including what may be the first text on aging and rehabilitation and one of the first on functional assessment (Aging: Health Care’s Challenge: Interdisciplinary Assessment and Treatment of the Geriatric Patient, now in its fourth edition; Geriatric Clinical Strategies; Geriatric Physical Therapy; Orthopedic Assessment and Treatment of the Geriatric Patient; The Geriatric Exercise Kit; The Functional Toolbox I & II; The Balance Book and Osteoporosis Exercise Book; The Prevention and Wellness Toolbox; The Orthopedic Outcome Toolbox; Health Promotion and Exercise for Older Adults; and Improving Mobility in Older Persons: A Manual for Geriatric Specialists). She also coauthored a book for the lay public titled Age-Defying Fitness.