Strong Appoints New Chair of Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

April 07, 1999

Stephen F. Levinson, M.D., has been appointed chair of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) at Strong Memorial Hospital. Dr. Levinson is a recognized leader in the areas of HIV and Cancer Rehabilitation, and is a co-developer of the technique of ultrasonic sonoelastography for visualization of muscle stiffness, for which he has National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding. He is also director of the spinal cord injury male fertility program.

Dr. Levinson graduated from Purdue University in 1976 with highest distinction, and went on to complete a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, also at Purdue, while simultaneously completing his M.D. at Indiana University. Following his residency in PM&R at Stanford University, he joined the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at the NIH Clinical Center in 1986, where he concentrated his efforts on developing the new technique of sonoelastography. These efforts took him to the Tokyo Institute of Technology, where he spent the summer of 1990. While at the NIH, Dr. Levinson became a key publisher in the field of HIV Rehabilitation and contributed to the field of Cancer Rehabilitation as well.

Dr. Levinson has been a faculty member of the Department of PM&R at the University of Rochester since 1992, and holds a joint appointment in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He is also a member of the Rochester Center for Biomedical Ultrasound - widely considered one of the top medical ultrasound research institutes in the world. He is an active member of several professional organizations and has served on the Research, Annual Meetings and Information Systems Committees of the American Academy of Physical Medicine, where he was the founding chair of the AIDS and Research special interest groups and also served as the chair of the Cancer SIG.

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