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Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis

Family Medicine
Lancaster, PA
39 years experience male

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Bio

<ol><li>pre-med sciences at Elizabethtown College while working in Osteopathic Hospital ER in Harrisburg. </li><li>PCOM 1979 - 1983. </li><li>rotating Osteopathic internship at Doctors Hospital in Columbus, OH. </li><li>2 years radiology residency at Kennedy Memorial Hospitals, NJ, including 6 weeks' training at AFIP in Washington, DC. </li><li>Family Practice residency at Memorial Hospital in York, PA. </li><li>FP clinic director for Brentwood Hospital in Cleveland, OH. </li><li>Clinic physician in California: Pioneer Hospital (Artesia), Western Medical Group (Lancaster/Palmdale), Molina Medical (Palmdale). </li><li>Office physician with Arthur Bok and Barbara Bennett in Dayton, OH. </li><li>Rural clinic physician for Blanchard Valley Hospital (Findlay, OH) in Carey branch. </li><li>hiatus after death of parents. </li><li>office physician in Bucyrus, OH. </li><li>six-month locum tenens in FP clinic in Alliance, OH. </li><li>licensed in PA, OH, CA, NJ. </li><li>Board-certified in Osteopathic Family Practice 1990.</li></ol>

Specialties
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Family Medicine

Radiology

Languages spoken

German, Italian

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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine 39 years experience
See below: A combination of moist heat, nsaid, & gentle stretching can help relax muscle spasm, pain, & inflammation. Magnesium supplementation (low dose to prev... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine 39 years experience
Lab units for HCG: Iu/l=international units per liter the usual units used for reporting HCG levels are miu/ml (milli-international units per milliliter. Have not seen ... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine 39 years experience
Inflamed gums; brace: Rinsing mouth with combination of warm salt water, mouthwash (antiseptic type), & hydrogen peroxide (don't swallow!) can reduce bacteria, sooth gums, ... Read More
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A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine 39 years experience
Hyperthyroid: Exophthalmos (eyes protruding) occurs usually with uncontrolled hyperthyroidism; if u r under treatment for this condition, the eye problem should not... Read More
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A 40-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine 39 years experience
Need more info: meds? supplements? recent travel to Latin Am/Asia/ Africa? recent exposure to sick person? swelling/redness/ heat in leg? need to see PCP for thorough... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine 39 years experience
Confusing numbers: Please resubmit your question with labels attached to the numbers, e.g. 220 lbs; 53 inches, etc. What is 7? For ideal body weight, we need height and ... Read More
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Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine 39 years experience
Theoretically, yes…: If a sufficient quantity of virus is transferred into an open wound. If your skin is intact, then highly unlikely. Ask manicurist when instruments wer... Read More
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A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine 39 years experience
See below: Aside from medications there is exercise, especially meditative exercises like yoga or tai chi; meditation alone can lower BP as can biofeedback techn... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine 39 years experience
Neck pain can be due: To arthritis in cervical spine, nerve compression, muscle spasm in neck, upper back (trapezius), shoulders. Less common: infection (meningitis; sinusi... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine 39 years experience
Acute: Acute panic: dissolve valium/xanax under tongue; faster relief but doesn't last as long.
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A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine 39 years experience
Side effects for: Glyceryl trinitrate that have been reported include burning sensation, rash, swelling (if patch is used). Increased soreness after exercise may be due... Read More
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Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine 39 years experience
Renal mass: Did the previous report define the mass as solid or cystic or mixed? Did it enhance with contrast? Perhaps a repeat scan to determine if mass has chan... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine 39 years experience
Knee arthritis of: The wear-&-tear variety (osteoarthritis); patella is kneecap; small collection of fluid (effusion) in the space above the patella. If friend is overwe... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine 39 years experience
Fingernails? toenail: Unlikely you've hammered all of them. See doc 2 b checked for infection &/or compromised circulation. R u diabetic? Sugar control essential 2 prevent ... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine 39 years experience
Dark spot on chin: How long has it been there? Has it grown? Is color consistent or mixed? How wide is it? How thick is it? R borders clear & distinct or irregular? See ... Read More
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A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine 39 years experience
See below: Ginko is thought to improve mentation by thinning the blood, thus allowing more oxygen to reach the brain. Generally, however, a sensible diet from al... Read More
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A 56-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine 39 years experience
Aspirin therapy: Any foods or supplements that interfere with clotting process may increase risk of bleeding: ginko, garlic, ginger, ginseng, (real) licorice, red chil... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine 39 years experience
Cough, mucus: Avoid cigarette smoke. Drink plenty of water; use vaporizer &/or mucolytic like Mucinex (guaifenesin) to loosen mucus & facilitate coughing it out. Mo... Read More
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A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine 39 years experience
Anal lump: Do u ever have itching/burning w/ bm? Any bleeding? Do u strain to pass stool? May be just a dilated vein aka hemorrhoid. Anal wart's unlikely since t... Read More
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A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine 39 years experience
Flank pain: Several conditions come to mind: muscle spasm, muscle strain, kidney stone, broken rib… see pcp for exam & evaluation of your pain. Muscle problems ma... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine 39 years experience
Pregnant?: Pregnancy requires sperm to enter the vagina to fertilize an egg. If no sperm enter, pregnancy is highly improbable. If u miss a period, u can check w... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine 39 years experience
azathioprine; itchng: Itching may be coincidental rather than effect of med. What other meds/supplements do u use? New soap/detergent/perfume/etc? Any rash? See prescribing... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine 39 years experience
See below: Using both shouldn't be necessary. Physiogel cream should provide adequate moisturizing for your face & is hypo-allergenic, soap-free, & non-comedogen... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine 39 years experience
Nasal itching may be: Due to air dryness. Try saline nasal spray or gel to relieve dryness & thus calm itching. A steroid nasal spray (rx from doc) can also calm itching.
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine 39 years experience
Yes: Reactive hypoglycemia may occur after a high carb meal in non-diabetics, probably due to release of excess insulin. Hypoglycemia may also be seen as a... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine 39 years experience
Amenorrhea; diet: Her body mass index is now 19 (within preferred range of 18-25) based on numbers u gave. Irregular or absent periods can result from weight loss, weig... Read More
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A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine 39 years experience
Ignore: Be prepared: bolt furniture to wall; avoid glass above bed; keep shoes &amp; flashlight @ bedside.
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A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine 39 years experience
The wall separating your right and left atria has an area of thinness, but there is no hole. Right atrium blood is unoxygenated;left atrial blood is ... Read More
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A 66-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine 39 years experience
To a degree: Super-beta prostate contains beta-sitosterol, a plant agent that some studies have shown has some beneficial effects on mild-moderate benign prostate ... Read More
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine 39 years experience
WBC's in semen: A few wbc's r not uncommon in semen; higher numbers (> 1 million per ml) suggest infection/std such as chlamydia & can affect fertility. Discuss resul... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine 39 years experience
Quite possibly: Missing a single pill can leave u unprotected for that month; so no pills for 2 weeks has definitely left u unprotected. Wait 7-10 days & do home preg... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine 39 years experience
Influenza?: See pediatrician to make certain child has flu & not a cold or other respiratory infection. If it is flu, the antiviral med tamiflu can be used in inf... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine 39 years experience
Mucus; cough: Drink plenty of fluids to loosen mucus; use saline nasal spray &/or gargle with warm salt water to clear secretions. Many otc products like Mucinex (g... Read More
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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine 39 years experience
Fever, constipation: Fever can cause fluid loss thru sweating that can lead to dehydration if fluid intake is poor. Bloating can come from gas-forming foods, air swallowin... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine 39 years experience
Dry cough: Do u take any meds for blood pressure like Lisinopril (ace inhibitor)? Any history of asthma or copd? Do u smoke or are u exposed to cigarette smoke? ... Read More
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine 39 years experience
Probably not…: Low hr usually associated with athletes. With your being overweight, suggest see fp to be tested for hypothyoidism. Ekg can also show if there are any... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine 39 years experience
Need more info: What was the total white cell (leucocyte) count)? BUN is minimally elevated. Elevated bun/creat suggests possible mild dehydration. Discuss finding wi... Read More
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A 82-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine 39 years experience
Galectin 3: Altho galectin 3 is associated with numerous, widespread conditions, the test is approved only for chronic heart failure. Best way to lower levels is ... Read More
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A 43-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine 39 years experience
See below: Not sure what your medical problem is, but if you're dissatisfied with current/old doc's treatment of condition, u may seek another. Make a list of sy... Read More
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine 39 years experience
Reflux & oranges: The acidity of oranges/oj can trigger reflux, especially on an empty stomach or at the end of a large meal. If eaten with other foods (non triggers), ... Read More
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine 39 years experience
Torn frenulum: If there is a flap of skin, perhaps just that can be removed; however, the urologist had the advantage of seeing the damage; so his recommendation may... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine 39 years experience
Probably not kidney…: Related. Is the lump tender/painful? May be an inflamed junction of the rib and cartilage (see picture) called costochondritis or u may have separated... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine 39 years experience
Back pain prevention: Lying on either side with knees pulled towards chest is one position. Lying on back with knees towards chest & pillows under lower legs is another. [s... Read More
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine 39 years experience
Yes: Tdap vaccination (includes acellular pertussis vaccine) is highly recommended for pregnant women who have not had it. Best administered after 20 weeks... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine 39 years experience
Ulcers: Can come from stress of surgery or long-term medical illness; also associated w/ bacteria h. Pylori. Ulcer is crater in lining of stomach (or duodenum... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine 39 years experience
Preventing yeast : Replacing the "good bacteria" (lactobacilli that keep yeast under control) with yogurt or one of the probiotic drinks may help. Otc antifungal creams ... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine 39 years experience
Late period: If you're not sexually active, or r & use protection, pregnancy is unlikely but can be r/o with home pregnancy test. Many things can affect periods: p... Read More
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A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine 39 years experience
Antibiotic: U finished the ab 2 days ago, or u stopped taking it? What was the ab, & what was it given for? Possible that infection not completely eradicated—espe... Read More
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A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine 39 years experience
Earache: Is drainage from ear or nose/throat? May be "swimmer's ear" infxn of outer canal (try otc products for that & heat to ear) or middle ear infxn or eust... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine 39 years experience
Should B checked: Testicular pain is not normal; might be trauma, infection (epididymitis/orchitis), twisted supporting stalk (testicular torsion), varicocele, hydrocel... Read More
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Aug 4, 2013
Dr. Lewis is a very caring physician who shares practical, knowledgeable answers on HealthTap. I always enjoy his posts, and patients are lucky to have access to him here!
May 26, 2013
Dr Lewis is providing an exceptional service to the public on Healthtap. His expertise in family medicine and medicine in general is very apparent. I recommend Dr. Lewis.
Oct 23, 2013
Fast, Fantastic answers to often complex questions, truly an asset to the Medical Community. A true national leader in Primary care medicine.
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I understand what each one stands for. My issue is that I have been sick for a long time as well as my daughter in law and these are the things we have in common as far as blood work! Elevated CMV, EB...Read More
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They only give u 150 characters.... Guess I should of been clearer. A "tick", but not facial. My baby 8 mos. Seems like he may have a tick w/ his arm movements, but I don't know if it's just a weird b...Read More
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Thank you for the fast response! The only symptom i'm having is some faint tingling legs, feet but not constant. I sit all day at work so that doesn't help the situation. I ate a piece of cake at a ...Read More

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, PA
Graduated 1983MD

Residency

Doctors Hospital, Columbus, OH

Residency

KENNEDY UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL - STRATFORD DIV

Residency

Armed Forces Institute of Pathology
Completed 1986

Residency

Memorial Hospital, York, PA

Awards

Nominee, 2009 & 2012 Man of the Year in Medicine & Health Care, American Biographical Institute
Candidate, Cambridge Who’s Who Registry Among Executives and Professionals in the Field of Research, Medicine and Healthcare, 2008
Selected for Who’s Who in Executives, Professionals and Entrepreneurs, 2008,Cambridge Who’s Who

Affiliations

American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians
Association of Socially Active Physicians (ASAP)
American Osteopathic Association

Publications

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