Russell J. Lewis, Ph.D., F-ABFT
Alcohol, Drugs & Impairment Division Secretary
Dr. Lewis is the Forensic Sciences Supervisor at the Federal Aviation Administration’s Forensic Sciences Laboratory at the Civil Aerospace Medical Institute in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. There, he oversees the toxicological analyses of civil aircraft accident fatalities and select National Transportation Safety Board surface accidents, acts as the certifying toxicologist, and provides expert testimony for casework and final case reports. Dr. Lewis also serves as an Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor for Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences, School of Forensic Sciences. Dr. Lewis’ current research activities include investigating postmortem ethanol formation and developing new methods for the analysis of drugs in postmortem specimens. Dr. Lewis has authored/co-authored over 85 scientific journal articles/book chapters/government reports. Prior to his life as a forensic scientist, Dr. Lewis received a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and Mathematics dual major in 1991 (Black Hills State University, South Dakota), a Master’s in Chemistry in 1994 (University of Oklahoma), a Specialization in Neuroscience in 1995 (University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center), and a Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry in 1997 (University of Oklahoma).