Advanced Practitioner: Allison Lewis
Lewis is the clinical director for nurse anesthesia at UPMC Passavant.
For Allison Lewis, the beginning of 2020 meant the start of an exciting new job. The UPMC Passavant clinical director for nurse anesthesia began her role in January.
Just a few weeks later, she and her fellow CRNAs were key members of the hospital’s COVID response team.
While daunting, the pandemic helped Lewis connect with the staff while witnessing their commitment to working as a team.
“They have welcomed me, taught me, impressed me, and faced the challenges of COVID-19 head-on,” says Lewis. “I’m constantly impressed by their skill and dedication.”
Lewis attributes her affinity for nursing to her mother, Kathy Brown, who has been a nurse at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh for nearly her entire career. Lewis also credits Pitt faculty member and UPMC Presbyterian CRNA Richard Henker, who encouraged her to become involved in research.
“He has been a mentor to me for over 15 years and has opened so many doors which have enabled me to be where I am today,” she says.
Lewis, who graduated from Pitt’s executive MBA program with a healthcare concentration in 2019, is an adjunct faculty member there.
“I’ve had many mentors through the years in this great profession, and I hope to be that for others in the future of nursing,” she says.