Aylett physician earns service award

AYLETT — At its Annual Meeting the Medical Society of Virginia Foundation presented Dr. A.W. Lewis, III of Aylett with an Award for Service to the Profession citing his community commitment, promotion of primary care to underserved populations and mentorship of medical students and residents who are entering the field of family medicine.

Dr. Lewis served for 36 years as a physician at the Aylett Medical Center and is currently volunteering at The Cornerstone Free Clinic. This Clinic which provides care for uninsured patients in the community has been in operation for 9 years and has dental and eye services as well as the medical clinic. In the past three months, 64 patients have been seen in the medical clinic, 45 in the dental clinic and 26 in the eye clinic. The CornerStone Free Health Clinic is one of the programs of The CornerStone Community Development Center which is a 501(c) (3) corporation. The free clinic is associated with The CornerStone Food Program which provides for a number of families in the area from its location at  the corner of Route 360 and River Road. 

Since retiring from the Aylett Medical Center, Dr. Lewis has been on the faculty of the St. Francis Family Practice Residency and in the Department of Family Practice at the VCU School of Medicine. In 2011 he was named Volunteer of the Year by the Virginia Academy of Family Physicians for his work in free clinics and missions overseas.

Dr. Lewis lives in Bruington, in King and Queen County, in the house where his grandfather began his medical practice 100 years ago. The office in Aylett was built by his father who practiced medicine from 1945 to 1968.