Lewis Margolis, MD

Associate Professor Department of Maternal and Child Health

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404 Rosenau Hall

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Chapel Hill, NC 27599


Dr. Lewis Margolis, a pediatrician and epidemiologist, is associate professor of maternal and child health (MCH) at the Gillings School. He serves on the UNC MCH Leadership Training Consortium, created to enhance interdisciplinary/interprofessional efforts to build capacity for MCH leadership development in campus graduate training programs. He also was the PI on a federally-funded project to evaluate the consortium's effectiveness.

Dr. Margolis is one of the two lead faculty instructors for the MCH department’s year-long master’s core course. He is an investigator with the UNC Center for the Study of Young Drivers, an interdisciplinary undertaking established in 2006 to ameliorate the driving risks of this group.

He has played the role of liaison between the School and assorted Title V and other public health programs throughout the southeast, engaging in projects that translate research into practice.

Honors and Awards

Vince Hutchins Leadership Award
2017, Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs

McGavran Award for Excellence in Teaching
2014, UNC-CH

MCH Teaching Innovation Award
2014, UNC-CH

Public Health Honor Society
1992, Delta Omega

Commendation for Service
1990, Michigan Department of Public Health

Representative Courses

Foundations in Maternal and Child Health

Teaching Interests

Dr. Margolis also teaches interdisciplinary leadership and policy analysis. 

Research Activities

Leadership development for MCH professionals

Strategies to increase safety for new teen drivers

Effects of Title V and the Maternal and Child Health Services Block Grant on the MCH population

Ethics of public health programs and policies

Service Activities

Served on the MCHB committee to revise performance measures for MCH training and currently serves on the committee to revise MCH leadership competencies

Serves on the NC SafeKids Steering Committee

Staff/Administrative Duties

Chair, MCH Master's Committee

Chair, MCH Awards Committee

Key Publications

Advancing MCH interdisciplinary/interprofessional leadership training and practice through a learning collaborative. McHugh M, Margolis L, Rosenberg A, Humphries E (2016). Maternal and Child Health Journal.
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Parent comments and instruction during the first four months of supervised driving: An opportunity missed? Robert Foss, Arthur Goodwin, Stephanie Harrell, Lewis Margolis (2014). Accident Analysis and Prevention.

A New Tuskegee Experiment? Gregory Margolis, Lewis Margolis (2013). Inside Higher Education.

Effects of interdisciplinary training on MCH professionals, organizations and systems. Linda Chewning, Lewis Margolis, Angela Rosenberg, Karl Umble (2013). Maternal and Child Health Journal, 17(5), 949-958.

Looking at graduates of title v MCHB-funded training programs through the lens of the MCH pyramid. Linda Chewning, Lewis Margolis, Angela Rosenberg, Karl Umble (2013). Maternal and Child Health Journal, 17(8), 1359-1362.


MPH, Epidemiology, UNC-CH, 1980

MD, Medicine, University of Chicago, 1974

AB, Russian Studies, University of Chicago, 1970