Chief medical officer receives group’s Hospital Physician Leadership Award
Levine is responsible for all of City of Hope’s clinical and hospital care programs, which encompass quality of service, patient safety, clinical research, clinical information management and professional education. She serves as the primary liaison with the City of Hope Medical Group and its physician members to promote collaboration across disciplines and ensure staff recruitment and retention.
“I am honored and humbled to be recognized by a professional association that represents so many of our medical colleagues in Los Angeles County,” Levine said. “It is truly a great distinction to be among such accomplished health leaders and visionaries whom LACMA honors each year.”
Levine, whose interest in pursuing a medical career was sparked when she participated in a summer internship program at City of Hope as a high school student, is also a professor at the institution’s Hematologic Malignancies and Stem Cell Transplantation Institute. She served as chief of USC School of Medicine’s Division of Hematology from 1991 to 2006, where she was a distinguished professor of medicine, medical director of the USC/Norris Cancer Hospital and past executive associate dean of the medical school.
Levine, a nationally recognized expert in lymphoma, Hodgkin disease and AIDS-related malignancies, has published more than 325 articles in peer-reviewed journals and was consistently funded as a principal investigator by the National Institutes of Health from 1982 to 2012. Levine was among the first to recognize the epidemic of lymphoma and other cancers among HIV infected persons in the United States, and has been a strong advocate for HIV infected patients over the years. Internationally, she served as a consultant on HIV/AIDS programs for the health departments of Chile, Russia, India and China.
In 1995, former President Bill Clinton appointed Levine to the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS, where she served as the chair of the Research Committee. She was honored by appointment to the National Cancer Institute's Board of Scientific Counselors from 1996 to 1999 and again from 2010 to 2015. Levine was elected a Master of the American College of Physicians in 2009.
About City of Hope
City of Hope is an independent research and treatment center for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases. Designated as a comprehensive cancer center, the highest recognition bestowed by the National Cancer Institute, City of Hope is also a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, with research and treatment protocols that advance care throughout the nation. City of Hope’s main hospital is located in Duarte, California, just northeast of Los Angeles, with clinics throughout Southern California. It is ranked as one of "America's Best Hospitals" in cancer by U.S. News & World Report. Founded in 1913, City of Hope is a pioneer in the fields of bone marrow transplantation and genetics.
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