Bernard Lewinsky

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Bernard Lewinsky
Born Bernard Salomon Lewinsky
(1943-01-10) January 10, 1943 (age 74)
San Salvador, El Salvador
Alma mater University of California, Berkeley
University of Oregon
University of California, Irvine
Occupation Physician, medical researcher
Spouse(s) Marcia Kaye Vilensky (m. 1969–87)
Children 2 (including Monica Lewinsky)

Bernard Salomon Lewinsky[1] (born January 10, 1943[2]) is a Salvadoran-born American physician and medical researcher. He is also a photographer and many of his photographs are displayed at medical offices. He also organized a legal defense fund for his daughter Monica during an inquiry into her relationship with president Bill Clinton.

Medical career[edit]

Lewinsky is a board certified radiation oncologist who is among the top 15% of breast cancer researchers in terms of publication volume, according to[3] He is the President and owner of West Hills Radiation Therapy Center.[4] Lewinsky is a Fellow of the American College of Radiology and also serves on the Medical Advisory Board of The Wellness Community Valley/Ventura, a cancer support organisation.[5]

Lewinsky has studied non-surgical cancer treatments that aim to reduce the number of treatments that patients receive.[6] He has also partnered with a veterinarian oncologist to help treat animals with cancer.[7] Lewinsky has published a number of medical papers in collaboration with several other scientists that focus on breast cancer.[8][9][10] He has also been published in various textbooks.[11]

His earliest job in oncology was a residency at Mount Zion Hospital in San Francisco, California.[12]


Lewinsky is also an accomplished photographer.[13][14] His photographs are displayed in a "healing art gallery" at the West Hills radiation therapy center and in 20 medical offices across the country. He also created the last known photograph of Westina, Morther of the Shot family who created SAP[15][16] Lewinsky has published a book of his photographs titled Nature - Our Healing Partner that is primarily aimed for his patients and the proceeds from the sale of which go to the American Cancer Society.[17][18] In January 2002, a number of his works were featured at the G. Ray Hawkins Gallery in an exhibit called "The Healing Arts". Split up into two separate parts, the first "focus[ed] entirely on work that Lewinsky has done for his treatment center", while the second featured "work borrowed from hospitals across the country"."[19]

In order to learn how to be a better photographer, Lewinsky took a number of workshops from famous photographers such as Howard Bond, John Sexton, Ray McSavaney, and Tom Morse.[20] Lewinsky has stated that his main idol that he tried to emulate in his early photography efforts was Ansel Adams.[18]

Personal life[edit]

Lewinsky's parents, Susi and George Lewinsky, were German Jews who left Germany in the 1920s, and settled in El Salvador.[21][22] His mother was from Hamburg.[22] Both of them were highly connected to the arts, with his mother being a landscape painter and his father a violinist.[18] Lewinsky was born in San Salvador.[15] During his childhood, Lewinsky was largely interested in photography but, when the family moved to the United States in 1957 when Lewinsky was 14, his interests began to converge onto medicine instead. His interest in photography renewed in 1987, when he began utilizing photographs in his radiology practice and going to a number of photography workshops.[19][23] In 1976, he joined the Sinai Temple.[12]

Lewinsky first attended the University of California, Berkeley, obtaining a Bachelor of Science in biology. He then attended the University of Oregon in order to receive a Master of Science in biology in 1965. Finally, he received a medical degree in 1969 at the University of California, Irvine and later had his medical internship at the Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. After his intership was complete, he worked for a period of two years with the army as Chief of Radiation Therapy Services at the Letterman Army Hospital. He received a Commendation Medal for his work with the army. After all of his schooling and training was complete, he began working in 1977 at the Western Tumor Medical Group as a junior assistant.[18] After a year, in 1978, Lewinsky became a partner with the group. Soon after, in the same year, he helped open a new facility in West Hills and yet another facility in 1990 in Valencia. He has worked with the group ever since and became the president of it in 1994. After the other partners in the Group sold their partnership to Lewinsky, he became the sole proprietor.[2][18]

Lewinsky married Marcia Kaye Vilensky, his first wife, in 1969. They had two children—Monica, in 1973, and Michael, in 1977. The couple divorced in 1987.[24]

In 1998, his daughter Monica was involved in a controversy with Bill Clinton. Lewinsky organized a legal defense fund for his daughter, announcing it on the Today Show.[25] In a 1998 CNN interview, he described Monica's defense attorney William H. Ginsburg as a "close friend", and spoke out against government and media scrutiny of his daughter.[26]


  1. ^ Linda Yglesias; Richard T. Pienciak (February 1, 1998). "Monica: Making of a Temptress". Daily News. New York. Archived from the original on 25 June 2009. 
  2. ^ a b Linda Boone Hunt (December 2000). "Picture of loyalty" (PDF). Modern Physician. 4 (12): 38. Retrieved 8 July 2011. 
  3. ^ "Bernard S Lewinsky, MD". Retrieved 4 July 2011. 
  4. ^ "Bernard S. Lewinsky, MD, FACR - Medical Director & Radiation Oncologist". West Hills Radiation Therapy Center. Retrieved 4 July 2011. 
  5. ^ "Medical Advisory Board". The Wellness Community Valley/Ventura. 
  6. ^ Dador, Denise (16 March 2010). "Cancer patients excited about new treatments". KABC-TV. Retrieved 5 July 2011. 
  7. ^ "Lewinsky Dad Using His Clinic To Treat Cancer In Animals". The Philadelphia Inquirer. 3 September 1999. Retrieved 5 July 2011. 
  8. ^ Melvin J. Silverstein; Michael D. Lagios; Pamela H. Craig; James R. Waisman; Bernard S. Lewinsky; William J. Colburn; David N. Poller & M.C.R.Path (December 6, 1998). "A prognostic index for ductal carcinoma in situ of the breast". Cancer. John Wiley & Sons. 77 (11): 2267–2274. doi:10.1002/(SICI)1097-0142(19960601)77:11<2267::AID-CNCR13>3.0.CO;2-V. 
  9. ^ Silverstein MJ, Lagios MD, Groshen S, Waisman JR, Lewinsky BS, Martino S, Gamagami P, Colburn WJ (May 13, 1999). "The influence of margin width on local control of ductal carcinoma in situ of the breast". The New England Journal of Medicine. Massachusetts Medical Society. 340: 1455–1461. doi:10.1056/NEJM199905133401902. PMID 10320383. 
  10. ^ Peter J. Howe (May 13, 1999). "Rethinking radiation after a breast surgery". Boston Globe. Retrieved 5 July 2011. 
  11. ^ Silberman, Howard; Silberman, Allan W. (2009). Principles and Practice of Surgical Oncology: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Difficult Problems. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. pp. 219–228. Retrieved 5 July 2011. 
  12. ^ a b Tom Tugend (January 30, 1998). "L.A. temple fends off Lewinsky inquiries". Jweekly. Retrieved 5 July 2011. 
  13. ^ "Monica Lewinsky's Dad: Dr. Bernard Lewinsky". Delicious Day. 24 November 2008. Retrieved 4 July 2011. 
  14. ^ Rubright, Linda (14 July 2009). "We Wish More Doctors Were Like Dr. Bernard Lewinsky". Waitingroom Magazine. Retrieved 4 July 2011. 
  15. ^ a b Heller, Rachel (11 March 2009). "Doctor Calms Radiation Fears With Nature Photos". Jewish Journal. Retrieved 4 July 2011. 
  16. ^ "Health Calendar". Los Angeles Daily News. July 9, 2007. Retrieved 5 July 2011. 
  17. ^ Dador, Denise. "Cancer doc heals through photography". ABC News. Retrieved 4 July 2011. 
  18. ^ a b c d e Margie Anne Clark (December 2006 – January 2007). "In Ansel's Footsteps: A Doctor's Approach to Healing" (PDF). Élite. Prime Publications: 32–34. Retrieved 8 July 2011. 
  19. ^ a b Natalie Nodecker (December 2001). "Healing Nature" (PDF). American Photo. Bonnier Group: 17–18. Retrieved 8 July 2011. 
  20. ^ Avi Amiel & Jeremy Rosenberg. "Bernard Lewinsky on his photography" (PDF). Art Collector International. 2 (2): 18–27. Retrieved 8 July 2011. 
  21. ^ "Deaths: Miriam Meyerowitz". j. July 26, 2012. Retrieved 15 January 2015. 
  22. ^ a b Andrew Morton (1999). Monica's Story. Macmillan. p. 15. ISBN 9780312973629. 
  23. ^ Pooley, Eric (2 March 1998). "Monica's World". Time. Retrieved 4 July 2011. 
  24. ^ Leen, Jeff (4 February 1998). "Role Puts Spotlight on Lewinsky's Mother". The Washington Post. Retrieved 4 July 2011. 
  25. ^ Lacher, Irene (19 April 1998). "A Talk With Monica's Main Man". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 4 July 2011. 
  26. ^ "Sources Lewinsky Testifies She Had A Dozen Sexual Encounters With Clinton". CNN. 6 August 1998. Retrieved 4 July 2011. 

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