Alexandra Levine, M.D., M.A.C.P.,
chief medical officer, on City of Hope as a true
innovator in cancer research and treatment.
Alexandra Levine, M.D., M.A.C.P., serves as chief medical officer of City of Hope, is the Dr. Norman and Melinda Payson Professor of Medicine and Deputy Director of Clinical Affairs for the City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center. An internationally renowned expert in lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and AIDS-related malignancies, Levine oversees all clinical and hospital care programs, including quality of service, patient safety, clinical research, clinical information management and professional education. She is also Professor of Hematology and Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation at City of Hope.
Levine was previously a distinguished professor and chair of the Division of Hematology at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California (USC), and medical director of USC/Kenneth Norris Jr. Cancer Hospital.
Her research interests include lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and HIV/AIDS. For eight years, she worked with Jonas Salk, M.D., on the development and testing of an AIDS vaccine. Levine has also served as principal investigator or co-investigator on multiple major research grants, most funded by the National Institutes of Health.
Levine’s scientific and clinical contributions have received national and international recognition. In 1995, President Clinton appointed her to the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS. She also chaired the council’s research committee.
She has served as a member of the board of councilors of the National Cancer Institute and is a member of the Oncologic Drug Advisory Board of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. She also served as an HIV/AIDS consultant to the health departments of Chile, Russia, India and China.
Levine is a member of the American Society of Hematology, the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the International AIDS Society. In 2009, she was elected as a Master of the American College of Physicians. She is the recipient of the Lymphoma Research Foundation of America’s Evelyn Hoffman Memorial Award in recognition for her achievements in lymphoma research and patient care. An advocate for humanism in medicine, Levine was the inspiration for the Jerome Hellman film “Promises in the Dark,” a compassionate drama about a teenage girl fighting for her life, assisted by her female doctor played by Marsha Mason. Levine also served as a technical advisor on the film.
Levine has published more than 300 articles and chapters, which have appeared in the New England Journal of Medicine, Blood and the Journal of AIDS, among others.
Levine received her medical degree from USC in 1971 and completed fellowships at Emory University in Atlanta and Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center.