|L-R: Michael Fraser, PhD, CAE, executive vice president of PAMED; PAMED President Karen Rizzo, MD, Physician General Rachel Levine, MD; Secretary of Health Karen Murphy, PhD, RN; and Board Chair David Talenti, MD, at a PAMED Board meeting.|
Pennsylvania Medical Society (PAMED) member Rachel Levine, MD, was unanimously confirmed by the state Senate as Pennsylvania’s physician general on June 9, 2015.
PAMED congratulates Dr. Levine, and looks forward to working with her on issues like tackling opioid abuse in Pennsylvania, which is one of her top priorities.
Dr. Levine is professor of pediatrics and psychiatry at the Penn State College of Medicine. She previously served as vice chair for clinical affairs for the Department of Pediatrics and chief of the Division of Adolescent Medicine and Eating Disorders at the Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital-Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.
Some of her accomplishments include launching the Division of Adolescent Medicine at the Penn State Hershey Medical Center for the care of complex teens with medical and psychological problems. She also started the Penn State Hershey Eating Disorders Program, which offers multidisciplinary treatment for children, adolescents, and adults with eating disorders.
Dr. Levine graduated from Harvard College in 1979 and the Tulane University School of Medicine in 1983. She completed her training in pediatrics at the Mt. Sinai Medical Center in New York City in 1987 and her fellowship in adolescent medicine at Mt. Sinai in 1988. She was in the practice of pediatrics and adolescent medicine at the office of Edward Davies, MD, from 1988-1993, and was also on the faculty of the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine. Dr. Levine came to Pennsylvania as director of ambulatory pediatrics and adolescent medicine at the Polyclinic Medical Center in 1993. She joined the staff at the Penn State Hershey Medical Center in 1996 as the director of pediatric ambulatory services and adolescent medicine.