2011 Honorary Degree

Hugh B. Lewis

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Hugh B. Lewis

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

Hugh B. Lewis is a board-certified veterinary clinical pathologist and has been a leader in instituting change in veterinary education throughout the United States. Over his career, he has established a distinguished record of accomplishments in multiple areas of the profession of veterinary medicine.

Lewis joined MMI/Banfield, The Pet Hospital™, in August 1996 as senior vice president of practice development. He also served as president of DataSavant, a sister corporation to MMI/Banfield, The Pet Hospital™, whose mission is to generate new knowledge and understanding via mining of the Banfield accumulated database resulting from encounters with its large caseload.

Previous to joining MMI, he served as dean of the School of Veterinary Medicine at Purdue University, and before that, served for four years as senior director of pathology and toxicology at Smith, Kline & French Laboratories in Philadelphia.

Lewis received his B.V.M.S., M.R.C.V.S. from Glasgow University in 1965. After a residency at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine from 1966-68, he was an N.I.H. post-doc fellow there until 1970. He then served a year as a Cardeza Research Fellow at Jefferson Medical School.

Throughout his academic career and also during two years in a private referral service, Lewis became widely recognized nationally and internationally as an authority in comparative hematology. While at Smith, Kline and French Laboratories, he was instrumental in the development of several major drugs for use in human patients including Tagamet®, which was a breakthrough in the treatment of gastric ulcers.

Lewis is board-certified as a Diplomat of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists in Clinical Pathology.

Lewis returned to Purdue's School of Veterinary Medicine in 1986 as dean of the school. During his 10-year tenure, he spearheaded the creation of a strategic plan, which led to a major renovation and building program, to the realignment of academic departments, to a redesign of the veterinary curriculum, and to a significant expansion of the faculty.  Dean Lewis established a culture that promoted career development for both faculty and staff.

When he stepped down as dean in 1996, Lewis joined the leadership team at MMI/Banfield, The Pet Hospital in Portland.  Over the subsequent 14 years this has become the largest small animal veterinary practice in the world (more than 750 hospitals by 2009).  It is an entirely paperless practice utilizing the very latest generation of integrated, large-scale computer support for hospital operation and record keeping. Through technology, Banfield helps extend the lives of more than 4 million pets each year.

In 2004, Lewis assumed the role of president of DataSavant and pioneered collection and utilization of data obtained from clinical cases in Banfield hospitals throughout the United States and abroad. He retired from DataSavant in 2009.

Lewis is the author of numerous articles in scholarly journals related to veterinary medicine.

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