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Levy Selected to Chair Department of Medicine

Thursday, November 04, 2010

Paul C. Levy, M.D.

Following a national search, the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry has named Paul C. Levy, M.D., as Charles A. Dewey Professor and Chairman of the Department of Medicine. The appointment is expected to be approved at the next meeting of the University of Rochester trustees.

Named vice chair of Medicine in 2003 and Ralph W. Prince Professor of Medicine in 2005, Levy has served as acting chair of Medicine since June 2009, when former chair Mark B. Taubman, M.D., was appointed acting CEO for the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) and subsequently named dean of the School of Medicine and Dentistry. Levy also served as acting chair of Medicine prior to Taubman’s appointment as chair in 2007.

Levy emerged as the leader from a national pool of candidates based on a skill set that positions him to respond to changes anticipated with health care reform, according to Search Committee chair Jeffrey Peters, M.D., Seymour I. Schwartz Professor and chairman of the Department of Surgery. “Throughout the selection process, it became clear that this department chair’s expertise needs to span beyond a traditional role. We need an individual who is attuned to change and able to mitigate the nuances of health care reform and the clinical, administrative and research challenges it creates. Paul Levy was the outstanding choice for this challenge.”

“Paul Levy is a trusted colleague, creative problem solver and skilled collaborator with a solid history of contributions to the Department and the University,” Taubman said. “He is the perfect choice to lead the Department of Medicine through the inevitable changes we face in the years ahead. A gifted clinician and educator, Paul has a broad internal view and is committed to working closely with the department’s associate chairs to further academic, research and clinical initiatives.”

Levy joined the URMC faculty in 1989 and in 1992 was appointed as director of Clinical Services in the Pulmonary and Critical Care Unit at Strong Memorial Hospital. Four years later, he was named associate chair, Clinical Affairs, in the Department of Medicine. He was promoted to vice chair in 2003.

Levy has played an instrumental role in developing and implementing new programs within the Department of Medicine. In the last decade under his leadership of the department’s clinical programs, the inpatient medical service has more than doubled in size and key initiatives were launched to enhance quality and patient safety. He has also provided invaluable expertise to the Department and the URMC community through his work in regulatory compliance.

“It is a true honor and a privilege to serve as chairman for this wonderful department,” Levy said. “While the uncertainties of the future have never been greater, I look forward to navigating the uncharted waters of health care reform with the outstanding faculty of our department. Fortunately, the University of Rochester Medical Center is well positioned with superb institutional leadership and a culture of collaborative problem solving. These attributes are critical if we are to meet the medical needs of our community as well as grow our academic programs.”

Levy earned his medical degree from Ohio State University in 1982. He completed an internal medicine residency at Strong Memorial Hospital, where he also served as chief resident in internal medicine, and a fellowship in pulmonary critical care at the University of Rochester. He is a current member and past president of the New York State Thoracic Society.

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