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Robert Ira Lewy (born October 16, 1943) is an American doctor who has conducted research on aspirin therapy in heart disease and safety in recipients of silicone breast implants. During the 1990s, he was one of several doctors who played an active role in litigation against breast implant manufacturers.


Lewy earned a degree in biology from Franklin and Marshall College in 1964, where he was selected to be a member of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society as a senior.[1] He then earned a medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1970. He practiced clinical hematology and oncology in Houston, Texas from 1979 until 2005, except for a brief period working for the Cancer Treatment Centers of America in Tulsa.[2] During this time he was Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center and the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. Lewy was accepted as a Fellow of the American College of Physicians in 1983.

Lewy has published papers on the alleged health effects of silicone breast implants[3][4][5][verification needed][6][7][verification needed]

During the 1990s, Lewy had a "lucrative practice" acting as an expert witness in litigation against breast implant litigation as well as treating women with silicon-breast implants.[8] Seeing a large volume of patients - many of whom were referred to him by lawyers - Lewy was one of several doctors named in a New York Times article in which some medical experts criticized the "assembly-line practices" of a few doctors as being "intended more to help women collect vast court awards than to treat medical problems". In the same article patients said they were satisfied with and grateful for the treatment they received from Lewy and other doctors, and Lewy stated that he and other doctors "have taken on large patient loads because many other doctors are ignoring the health problems of women with implants".[9]

The most recent review November 9, 2015 from Brown University in which Dr Lewy participated (reference 89)concluded that the 20 year experiment had failed to prove the absolute safety of silicone gel breast implants and further studies were needed (Rohrbach et Balk below).

Charitable activitiesEdit

Since retiring in 2005, Lewy has made several large philanthropic gifts. In 2006, he donated over $1 million to Stuyvesant High School, his high school alma mater for the establishment of the Dr. Robert Ira Lewy Multimedia Center, to serve as the high school's central academic research facility.[10][11] He established a proprietary family genealogy archive at the Leo Baeck Institute.[12][13][14][15] [16]n 2019 he donated $350,000 to The Leo Baeck Institut,the Gift by naming LBI’s reference services as the Dr. Robert Ira Lewy Reference Service (the “Naming”), to be announced on June 12, 2019. In late 2013, Lewy made a bequest of $800,000 to New York University to establish the Dr Robert Ira Lewy Permanent Endowment in German Jewish History and Culture at the Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies.[17][failed verification] He is a member of the Legacy Society of the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation.[18][failed verification] <In 2019 he donated $300,000 to the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care<\>

Selected publicationsEdit

  • with Saia, John; Silver, Melvin J.; Smith, J. Bryan; Walinsky, Paul; Wiener, Leslie (April 1979). "Detection of thromboxane B2 in peripheral blood of patients with Prinzmetal's angina". Prostaglandines and Medicine. 2 (4): 243–8. doi:10.1016/0161-4630(79)90059-4.
  • — (1980). "Effect of Elevated Plasma-Free Fatty Acids on Thromboxane Release in Patients with Coronary Artery Disease". Pathophysiology of Haemostasis and Thrombosis. 9 (3): 134–40. doi:10.1159/000214351.
  • with Saia, J.; Silver, Melvin J.; Smith, J. Bryan; Walinsky, Paul; Wiener, Leslie (December 1979). "Comparison of Plasma Concentrations of Thromboxane B-2 and Prinzmetal's Variant Angina and Classical Angina Pectoris". Clinical Cardiology. John Wiley & Sons. 2 (6): 404–6. doi:10.1002/clc.4960020603.
  • — (March 1994). "Autoimmune disease and collagen dermal implants". Annals of Internal Medicine. American College of Physicians. 120 (6): 525–6. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-120-6-199403150-00023. PMID 8311382.


  1. ^ "Sixteen Seniors, Four Juniors Picked for Membership in Phi Beta Kappa". F&M College Reporter. 1 (3). Franklin and Marshall College. April 3, 1964. Retrieved June 22, 2015 – via Illinois Digital Newspaper Collections.
  2. ^ Davis, K.L., in The Oklahoma City Journal Record, August 4, 1999
  3. ^ Lewy, RI (1993). "Laboratory findings reveal potential harm of breast implants". Texas Medicine. 89 (12): 7. PMID 8178307.
  4. ^ Preface, page x, Current Topics in Microbiology and Immunology 210: Immunology of Silicones, M. Potter and N.R. Rose, eds, pages 337-352, Springer Verlag 1996. ISBN 3-540-60272-0
  5. ^ Lewy, RI (1994). "Autoimmune markers and imaging abnormalities in silicone breast implant users". Clinical Research (conference abstract). 42 (2): 275A.
  6. ^ "Autoimmune disease and collagen dermal implants". Annals of Internal Medicine. 120 (6): 524–525. 1994. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-120-6-199403150-00023. PMID 8311382.
  7. ^ Lewy, RI (1995). "Antinuclear Antibodies, Lipid Disturbances and Central Nervous System Imaging Abnormalities in Silicone Breast Implant Users". Journal of Investigative Medicine. 43 (2): 333A.
  8. ^ Gina Kolata, "A case of justice, or a total travesty?; How the battle over breast implants took Dow Corning to Chapter 11", New York Times, June 13, 1995.
  9. ^ Gina Kolata and Barry Meier, "Doctors, lawyers and silicone: a special report.; Implant lawsuits create a medical rush to cash in", New York Times, September 18, 1995.
  10. ^ The Spectator, Volume XCVII, No 6, page 2, "Dedication Ceremony for the Lewy Multimedia Center Held".
  11. ^ "Timeline & Notable Graduates: '60 Notable Graduates". The Campaign for Stuyvesant. The Campaign for Stuyvesant/Alumni(ae) & Friends Endowment Fund. Retrieved June 1, 2015. Robert Ira Lewy, MD '60 Pioneer in coagulation research in cardiology; Faculty, Baylor College of Medicine and University of Texas Health Science Center; donated gift worth over $1 million to establish Dr. Robert Ira Lewy MD Multimedia Center at Stuyvesant
  12. ^ "PDS SSO".
  13. ^ "Digitool Viewer".
  14. ^ "Digitool Viewer".
  15. ^ "PDS SSO".
  16. ^ In 2019 he donated $300,000 to the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care
  17. ^ "Dr. Robert Ira Lewy Distinguished Lecture Series in Jewish History and Culture, The Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies - NYU".
  18. ^ "Legacy Society". the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation. Archived from the original on 2015-06-01.