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Outstanding Faculty Awards

Erik Hewlett

Professor of Medicine and Microbiology, Immunology and
   Cancer Biology
University of Virginia

Erik L. Hewlett, M.D., Professor of Medicine and Microbiology, Immunology and Cancer Biology at the University of Virginia (UVA) School of Medicine, has taught graduate students and medical students, practiced travel medicine, and conducted research since 1980. He served as Associate Dean for Research from 1992 to 2010.

His interest in bacterial toxins, which began during medical school and developed further at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), serves as the basis for Dr. Hewlett’s research on molecular mechanisms of infectious diseases. He is the author of chapters on pertussis and bacterial toxins in multiple textbooks and co-organizer of three international symposia on Bordetella pertussis. He directs an NIH-funded research laboratory in the Division of Infectious Diseases and International Health.

As a physician-scientist/teacher, Dr. Hewlett has developed and directed courses and programs such as “Introduction to Clinical Medicine” and the “Medical Student Summer Research Program.” A recipient of the Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence in 1991 and the UVA Alumni Association Distinguished Professor Award in 2012, his teaching includes presentations in multiple departments and schools at UVA, including law, business, public health sciences, and engineering.

A major priority in Dr. Hewlett’s career has been participation in the cultural transformation of research at UVA, which has included enhancement of translational research and establishment of an environment for commercial partnerships and technology development. He is a member of the Board of Directors of UVA Licensing and Ventures Group (previously UVA Patent Foundation), serving as chair for seven years. He currently works with “UVA Innovation” to promote entrepreneurship, technology licensing, and commercialization at UVA.

Dr. Hewlett received a B.S. in Philosophy and Biology summa cum laude from Westminster College in Fulton, MO, and his M.D. from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, MD. After completing his residency training at New York Hospital/Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, he completed a fellowship at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD and served on the faculty of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine prior to moving to the University of Virginia. He and his wife, Jane, have three children and four grandchildren.

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Erik Hewlett


"From my special relationships and subsequent experiences, I have concluded that the ability to treat students, at whatever age and educational level, with respect for their knowledge, interest in their experiences and confidence in their ability to contribute, is the essence of being an effective and successful teacher."