Deanna Lewis

Deanna Lewis (she/her/hers) DrPH, MBA, PA-C is passionate about public health, which she attributes to her 20 years in the fire service. At the age of 21, Deanna made history as the first woman firefighter in the history of the Tucson Fire Department. A graduate of Stanford’s Primary Care Associate Program, Deanna has been a physician assistant for 15 years, served seven years in the Navy Reserve as a Hospital Corpsman, has an MBA from the Eller School of Management, completed two years as a UA/NASA Space Grant Fellow, and received her doctor of public health in 2018 from the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health. Dr. Lewis identified and interviewed 35 community experts in the domain and discipline of Trans*gender health and issues affecting Trans*gender people. In addition to being a member of the leadership team for the Kore Press Gender Diversity Initiative, she is also a member of the Resilience Team for the Resilience Project funded by the Haury Foundation ( More information on Deanna can be found on her website: (