Dean, School of Health Sciences

Professor Sarah Lewis

Professor Sarah Lewis

Professor Sarah Lewis is the Dean of Health Sciences, a senior career academic and researcher, and registered diagnostic radiographer.  Prior to joining Western Sydney University in December 2023, Sarah was the Associate Dean Research Performance, Faculty of Medicine and Health at the University of Sydney overseeing researcher career development and performance in competitive funding and systems.

Professor Sarah Lewis holds research, education and health practitioner qualification, with a PhD in Medical Imaging, a Master of Education with Distinction and a Bachelor of Applied Science (Diagnostic Radiography) Honours. She has held important education and student facing roles such as Sub-Dean of Student Affairs and Program Director for 4 pre-registration medical radiation practice degrees. She is an Advance Higher Education mentor, a proud Franklin Women mentor and the past Deputy Editor of Australia’s only medical radiation practice journal, the Journal of Medical Radiation Sciences.

Leading large teams of multi-disciplinary researchers, Sarah has over 150 publications in Q1 medical imaging/oncology publications and education publications. She has been awarded $17 million AUD in funding since 2011, including $4.7 as CIA in funding from the Australian Commonwealth Department of Health (DOH), NHMRC, National Breast Cancer Foundation, Cancer Institute NSW and as well as commission research from Bayer Radiology. Professor Lewis is the Director of the Breast Screen Reader Assessment Strategy (BREAST), funded by the DOH and BreastScreen Australia (BSA) as an official training program supporting the Royal Australia and New Zealand College of Radiologists (RANZCR) in breast imaging.  BREAST engages with 85% of BSA readers with an impact of improved radiologists’ ability to detect breast cancer.

Sarah has supervised 17 PhD students, 12 as primary supervisor, and 24 first class Honours students to date.  For the last decade, Sarah has been highly influential in Australia’s medical imaging regulatory landscape, as Deputy Chair of the Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia (MRPBA) Accreditation Committee (2015-2022), the MRPBA Examiner-in-Chief for Australia (2014-2018) and the Chair of the Australian Council of Deans of Medical Radiation Science (2016-2017). Professor Lewis’ has been awarded prizes for excellence in teaching, mentoring and research winning the Vice Chancellors Award for Outstanding Teaching and Research (2018) and Vice Chancellor's Award: Support of the Student Experience (2015).

Having been diagnosed with breast cancer in 2012, Sarah continues to act as an ambassador and policy advisor for improving survivorship and early diagnosis, with engagement and keynote speeches for organisations such as Targeting Cancer, NSW Cancer Council and the National Breast Cancer Foundation. She is a regular media expert for breast screening.  The first in family to complete tertiary education, Sarah has established numerous student mentoring programs to support success and retention at university as well as programs to offer early entry to health science degrees for students from less advantaged backgrounds.

Contact the Dean of Health Sciences
Jenni Haines
Executive Assistant
Telephone: (02) 4620 3590