Dr Kathy Lewis attended the University of Cape Town where she completed an Honours degree in Clinical Psychology in 1980 and a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery in 1985. Her undergraduate training exposed her to an enormous range of patients and pathologies, enabling her to develop a wide range of clinical skills.
Dr Lewis has 30 years’ experience in all aspects of general practice and began her medical career in 1986 at Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town initially as an intern, and then as Senior House Officer in the trauma unit. In 1987 Dr Lewis made the decision to immigrate to Australia and spent the following year working in a number of bulk-bill clinics. In 1988 Dr Lewis commenced work at a semi-rural GP practice servicing the Diamond Creek and Hurstbridge area and surrounds. The patient mix at this practice was extremely varied and included the management of elderly patients both in their own homes and local aged care facilities and nursing homes.
Dr Lewis has always had a special interest in women’s health and in June 1990 began work at the Fertility Control Clinic which has been at the forefront of advocacy of women's reproductive rights since the 1970's. Her role initially focused on consults with patients with unplanned pregnancies, but her scope of practice quickly expanded to include the provision of ultrasounds, surgery and anaesthetics. Dr Lewis is currently a partner in the practice with a primary responsibility for the operating suite, which entails ensuring the smooth running of theatre and a nine-bed recovery area.