Hewett is the co-founder, Chairman of the Board, and President & CEO of the Academy of Medical & Public Health Services (AMPHS). He strongly believes in servicing the needs of the community through humanitarian means, and specializes in reforming and improving healthcare systems. As such, Hewett's experience in healthcare management extends to his appointment in 2010 as Executive Director of the federally-recognized Medical Reserve Corps Unit #2178, Office of the U.S. Surgeon General, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. He currently serves as Executive Director at the New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene where he directly oversees the Mayor's and City's $50 million per year MHSC / ThriveNYC agenda to integrate behavioral health into primary care and a total staff of over 500 health professionals citywide. He is applying this experience to researching models for creating a unified healthcare system that addresses the everyday needs of health access in underserved immigrant communities, specifically through analyzing EMTALA, PRUCOL, and DSH funding limitations.
An educator at heart with almost a decade of experience as a cardiac life support instructor for medical professionals, Hewett has been honored as an Instructor Trainer in emergency medical care and life support. He holds current and/or previous certifications as an Emergency Cardiovascular Care faculty member from the American Heart Association, the American College of Emergency Physicians, the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, and the American Academy of Pediatrics. In addition, Hewett was a New York State Medical Skills Examiner, where he approved practical skills of candidates applying for their emergency medical services licenses; served as a Council Member of the AHA Scientific Council on Clinical Cardiology from 2014 to 2015; and has been an Associate Member of The Cardiothoracic Surgery Network since 2010. Academically, Hewett's background is in Neuroscience with a specific focus in neurodegenerative diseases from New York University's Center for Neural Science, and additionally holds a Master in Public Administration, specializing in Health Law & Finance from NYU's Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, NYU School of Law, and the NYU Stern School of Business through NYU's prestigious joint-degree program. Hewett is an Adjunct Lecturer for the Managing Public Service Organizations core management course and maintains an active research program as a Principal Investigator continuing his postgraduate research in New York State's $8 Billion Medicaid health system reform at NYU Wagner.
In addition, Hewett is an expert in emergency management, holding 22 federal certifications from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and also holds specialty certifications in Crisis Preparedness & Prevention, Weapons of Mass Destruction, Hospitals Emergency Management, and Forensic Epidemiology from West Virginia University. Hewett also studies healthcare systems and is certified by the Institute of Healthcare Improvement in Healthcare Leadership, Patient Safety, and Healthcare Quality Improvement. He is a Fellow of the Academy for Healthcare Management, a Member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, and a Member of the American Health Lawyers Association in its Business Law & Governance Practice Group. In 2015, Hewett was named a Margaret E. Mahoney Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine.
For his work on improving public health and education, Hewett was awarded The President's Volunteer Service Award - Gold by President George W. Bush in 2008, was honored as a UnitedHealth scholar in 2009, given the New York Guard Coin for Outstanding Performance by the Command Sergeant Major in 2010, named keynote speaker in Congress on healthcare reform in 2009 and on infectious disease prevention in 2011, awarded Special Congressional Recognition by the United States Congress in 2014, profiled as one of the 10 Influential Asian Americans in the United States by Wells Fargo and World Journal in 2015, and received both the Citation for Exemplary Healthcare Leadership from the New York City Council and the Citation for Outstanding Community Health Efforts from the New York State Assembly in 2016, and had a video feature produced about his work by APIA Scholars which premiered in 2018 at the Ronald Reagan Federal Building in Washington, D.C., among other honors.