Charlotte W Lewis, MD, MPH

Charlotte W Lewis, MD, MPH

General Pediatrics, Clinical Nutrition

On staff since February 2000

Academic Title: Associate Professor

Research Center: Center for Clinical and Translational Research

"Before becoming a pediatrician, I was an infant and pediatric nutritionist. I liked my job but wanted to be more involved with children and their families. This led me to pursue medicine. During my training as a pediatrician, I saw that children who were poor or who had special needs often had serious dental decay; it was difficult to find a dentist who would care for these children. My research interest in oral health disparities developed from this experience. As a pediatrician at the Craniofacial Center, I provide medical care for children with craniofacial birth defects and also focus on children’s feeding, nutrition and oral health."

  • Charlotte W. Lewis, MD, MPH, is attending physician at Seattle Children’s Hospital and associate professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine. Her primary research interest is disparities in health and health-care access, with a specific focus on oral health and access to dental care.

    Her research has involved documenting disparities in access to oral health services for low-income and special needs children as well as developing and evaluating strategies to improve pediatric oral health through expanded pediatrician and family physician involvement in these areas.

    • Tami Pasco, WA 01.05.12

      Dr. Lewis is wonderful. She has been my son's pediatrician at Children's Craniofacial Center since he was born 11 years ago! She is kind and patient with the kids. Always walks in the room with a smile. Takes the time to listen to parents' concerns and and answers questions, as well as listens to the kids. She does a complete assessment on the patient, noting every detail. She picked up on issues with my son that other doctors ignored, and acted on them right away, probably saving my son's life twice. I am so grateful for the care she has given my son over the years. Thank you, Dr. Lewis!

  • Other Publications

    • Lee HH, Lewis CW, Saltzman B, Starks H
      Visiting the emergency department for dental problems: trends in utilization, 2001 to 2008.
      22994252 American journal of public health, 2012 Nov. : 102(11)e77-83 PMCID:PMC3477981
    • Iida H, Lewis CW
      Utility of a summative scale based on the Children with Special Health Care Needs (CSHCN) Screener to identify CSHCN with special dental care needs.
      21997705 Maternal and child health journal, 2012 Aug. : 16(6)1164-72
    • Lewis CW, Linsenmayer KA, Williams A
      Wanting better: a qualitative study of low-income parents about their children's oral health.
      21462765 Pediatric dentistry, 2010 Nov. : 32(7)518-24
    • Lewis C, Stout J
      Toothache in US children.
      21041599 Archives of pediatrics & adolescent medicine, 2010 Nov. : 164(11)1059-63
    • Iida H, Lewis C, Zhou C, Novak L, Grembowski D
      Dental care needs, use and expenditures among U.S. children with and without special health care needs.
      20045826 Journal of the American Dental Association (1939), 2010 Jan. : 141(1)79-88
    • Lewis CW, Boulter S, Keels MA, Krol DM, Mouradian WE, O'Connor KG, Quinonez RB
      Oral health and pediatricians: results of a national survey.
      19945080 Academic pediatrics, 2009 Nov. : 457-61
    • Lewis CW
      Dental care and children with special health care needs: a population-based perspective.
      19945077 Academic pediatrics, 2009 Nov. : 420-6
    • Lewis C, Teeple E, Robertson A, Williams A
      Preventive dental care for young, Medicaid-insured children in Washington state.
      19564258 Pediatrics, 2009 July : 124(1)e120-7
    • Hopper RA, Lewis C, Umbdenstock R, Garrison MM, Starr JR
      Discharge practices, readmission, and serious medical complications following primary cleft lip repair in 23 U.S. children's hospitals.
      19407628 Plastic and reconstructive surgery, 2009 May : 123(5)1553-9
    • Dashow JE, Lewis CW, Hopper RA, Gruss JS, Egbert MA
      Bupivacaine administration and postoperative pain following anterior iliac crest bone graft for alveolar cleft repair.
      19254053 The Cleft palate-craniofacial journal : official publication of the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association, 2009 March : 173-8
    • Richardson LP, Lewis CW, Casey-Goldstein M, McCauley E, Katon W
      Pediatric primary care providers and adolescent depression: a qualitative study of barriers to treatment and the effect of the black box warning.
      17448401 The Journal of adolescent health : official publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine, 2007 May : 433-9
    • Lewis CW, Johnston BD, Linsenmeyar KA, Williams A, Mouradian W
      Preventive dental care for children in the United States: a national perspective.
      17332174 Pediatrics, 2007 March : e544-53
    • Lam DJ, Starr JR, Perkins JA, Lewis CW, Eblen LE, Dunlap J, Sie KC
      A comparison of nasendoscopy and multiview videofluoroscopy in assessing velopharyngeal insufficiency.
      16500434 Otolaryngology--head and neck surgery : official journal of American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, 2006 March : 394-402
    • Lewis CW, Ose M, Aspinall C, Omnell ML
      Community orthodontists and craniofacial care: results of a Washington state survey.
      16149834 The Cleft palate-craniofacial journal : official publication of the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association, 2005 Sept. : 521-5
    • Harsha WJ, Perkins JA, Lewis CW, Manning SC
      Head and neck endocrine surgery in children: 1997 and 2000.
      16027277 Archives of otolaryngology--head & neck surgery, 2005 July : 564-70
    • Perkins JA, Lewis CW, Gruss JS, Eblen LE, Sie KC
      Furlow palatoplasty for management of velopharyngeal insufficiency: a prospective study of 148 consecutive patients.
      15988249 Plastic and reconstructive surgery, 2005 July : 72-80; discussion 81-4
    • Smith RG, Lewis CW
      Availability of dental appointments for young children in King County, Washington: implications for access to care.
      16173224 Pediatric dentistry, 2005 May : 207-11
    • Harsha WJ, Perkins JA, Lewis CW, Manning SC
      Pediatric admissions and procedures for lymphatic malformations in the United States: 1997 and 2000.
      16000054 Lymphatic research and biology, 2005 : 58-65
    • Lewis CW, Cantrell DC, Domoto PK
      Oral health in the pediatric practice setting: a survey of Washington State pediatricians.
      15180081 Journal of public health dentistry, 2004 : 111-4
    • Lewis CW, Milgrom P
      14523159 Pediatrics in review / American Academy of Pediatrics, 2003 Oct. : 327-36
    • Brown JC, Klein EJ, Lewis CW, Johnston BD, Cummings P
      Emergency department analgesia for fracture pain.
      12883507 Annals of emergency medicine, 2003 Aug. : 197-205
    • Lewis CW, Carron JD, Perkins JA, Sie KC, Feudtner C
      Tracheotomy in pediatric patients: a national perspective.
      12759264 Archives of otolaryngology--head & neck surgery, 2003 May : 523-9
    • Bakalian S, Lewis CW
      Question from the clinician: fluoridated water.
      12563042 Pediatrics in review / American Academy of Pediatrics, 2003 Feb. : 70
    • Lewis CW, Riedy CA, Grossman DC, Domoto PK, Roberts MC
      Oral health of young Alaska Native children and their caregivers in Southwestern Alaska.
      12650085 Alaska medicine, 2002 Oct. : 83-7
    • Lewis CW, Nowak AJ
      Stretching the safety net too far waiting times for dental treatment.
      11874063 Pediatric dentistry, 2002 Jan. : 6-10


Board Certification(s)


Medical/Professional School

University of California San Francisco School of Medicine, San Francisco, CA
University of Washington School of Public Health, Seattle, WA


University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Research Focus Area

Translational Research