Dr. Lewis completed his Sport and Exercise Medicine Physician training through the Australasian College of Sport and Exercise Physicians under the tutelage of renowned QLD Sports Physicians Dr. Richard Brown and Dr Mark Young. He also works closely with respected Gold Coast surgeons Dr. Christopher Vertullo (knee surgeon – The Knee Clinic) and Dr. Terrence Hammond (Shoulder surgeon – The shoulder Clinic).
In 2013, Dr. Lewis moved to Queensland from Melbourne to diversify his training. He fell in love with the QLD lifestyle and has made a home here. Though he started his formal sports and exercise medicine training in 2011, his involvement in Sports medicine started in 2009 when he took on the role of Chief Medical Officer of the Coburg Tigers VFL Football Club in Melbourne, as well as a role on the Australian medical team for the 2009 Maccabiah games.
Dr. Lewis has subsequently accumulated vast experience across numerous sporting codes at the elite level. Since arriving in QLD in 2013 he has worked with local teams such as the Brisbane Broncos U20 squad and the Gold Coast Suns AFL team. In 2014 Dr. Lewis took on the role of chief medical officer for the Gold Coast Suns.
Dr. Lewis now divides his consulting time between Brisbane and the Gold Coast and provides medical coverage for the GWS Giants (NEAFL and AFL) whenever the team travels to Queensland. Additionally, Dr. Lewis still keeps an active lifestyle. He is a regular at Fitness First Mermaid Waters and participates in triathlons.
Dr. Lewis has also provided support for the Bulleen Boomers in the WNBL, the QLD Firebirds in the ANZ Championship and game day coverage for Adelaide United in the A-League and the Australian women’s cricket team. He has an interest in and has covered numerous cycling, triathlon and long distance running events. He also has an interest in altitude medicine.
A Sport and exercise medicine physician is a doctor who has completed their medical training through the traditional hospital system and then branched out to specialise in the field of Sports and Exercise medicine by completing a specialty training program through the Australasian College of Sport and Exercise Physicians (ACSEP). The training program is comprehensive and takes at least 4 years or longer to complete.
As medical knowledge continues to expand, doctors are increasingly branching out into specialised fields of medicine. The traditional role of the family doctor as a doctor for all conditions is no longer the norm. The ACSEP was formed (in 1985) to fill a niche that was not covered by other medical specialties.
Though it took a long time to be officially recognised as a medical specialty in its own right, sports medicine was officially recognised by the federal government as a medical specialty in 2007. Sports physicians treat a range of conditions from sports injuries and medical problems related to or affecting sports performance, to non-sporting musculoskeletal problems. Sports physicians are also well positioned to promote health and wellbeing in the community and help people improve their quality of life by promoting physical activity.
Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine (OSSM)
Dr. Lewis consults at The Sports Medicine Clinic in Benowa at OSSM. This clinic is shared with Dr. Christopher Vertullo (Knee Surgeon – The Knee Clinic) and Dr. Terrence Hammond (Upper Limb surgeon – The Shoulder Clinic). This clinic in particular deals with a large volume of patients with sports injuries, osteoarthritis (OA) and tendinopathies. As such, it is well equipped for procedures such as injection of corticosteroid and platelet rich plasma (PRP). Additionally, close collaboration with two excellent surgeons means prompt availability of both surgical and non-surgical treatment modalities.