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Alex V. Levin, M.D., M.H.Sc.

Contact Information

Phone Numbers

Appointment: (585) 273-3937

Administrative: (585) 275-4141

Office: (585) 273-3937

Fax: (585) 276-1274

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Patient Care Setting

Ophthalmology

Biography

Professional Background

Alex Levin, MD, provides expert medical and surgical care to infants, children and adolescents suffering from pediatric anterior segment eye conditions as well as adults and children with genetic eye disease. As Chief of the Eye Institute’s Pediatric Ophthalmology team, he integrates his clinical expertise in treating eye disease with his scientific curiosity in understanding their genesis. Working with cross-functional teams of ophthalmologists, optometrists, pediatric specialists and genetic counselors, he offers the most advanced compassionate care and advice to his patients and their families.

Dr. Levin received his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College. He completed a residency in pediatrics at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia followed by a residency in ophthalmology at Wills Eye Hospital. He went on to complete a fellowship in pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus at Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children, where he also earned a Masters of Health Science in bioethics. He is the only physician worldwide to simultaneously hold US Board Certifications in pediatrics, ophthalmology and child abuse pediatrics

Dr. Levin treats a variety of conditions including hereditary maculopathies, retinal dystrophies and other ocular genetic disorders, pediatric cataract, pediatric uveitis, pediatric glaucoma, and ocular manifestations of child abuse.

Research

With more than 35 years in pediatrics, pediatric ophthalmology and ocular genetics, Dr. Levin has built an impressive research portfolio in basic and translational research. His efforts have resulted in hundreds of peer-reviewed publications and abstracts, helping to advance the understanding and treatment of eye disease and related developmental anomalies, pediatric genetics, and in the improvement of health care delivery and public health. Funded by the National Institutes for Health, the Canadian Institute of Health, and private foundations, Dr. Levin’s current areas of interest include:

• Ocular Genetics and gene therapy
• Children’s Vision Screening
• Pediatric Glaucoma, Cataract and uveitis
• Ocular manifestations of Child Abuse
• Bioethics

Credentials

Specialties

  • Child Abuse Pediatrics - American Board of Pediatrics

Education

1982
MD | Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson Univ

2001
MA | University of Toronto

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

07/01/1989 - 06/30/1990
Fellowship in Ophthalmology at University of Toronto / Hospital for Sick Children

07/01/1986 - 06/30/1989
Residency in Ophthalmology at Wills Eye Hospital

07/01/1983 - 06/30/1984
Residency in Pediatrics at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

07/01/1982 - 06/30/1983
Internship in Pediatrics at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

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Awards

2020
The Edward A. Jaeger and John B. Jeffers Citizenship Award
Sponsor: Wills Eye Hospital

2019 - 2020
Pennsylvania Magazine Top Ophthalmologist
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Magazine Top Ophthalmologist

2018 - 2020
Philadelphia Magazine Top Doctor, Ophthalmology

2018
New Jersey's Favorite Kids' Docs
Sponsor: New Jersey's Favorite Kids' Docs

2018
Albert Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award

2017
The Children's Glaucoma Foundation Honoree

2017
International Association of Ophthalmologists, Top Ophthalmologist in Philadelphia

2016
Lifetime Achievement Award
Sponsor: American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus

2016
The American Registry Most Honored Professionals Award

2015 - 2018
Best Doctors in America
Sponsor: America's Best Doctors

2015 - 2016
Castle Connolly Top Doctor

2015
Delaware Valley Consumers' Checkbook Top Doctors in the Delaware Valley Area

2014
Al Biglan Medal in Pediatric Ophthalmology

2014
American Ophthalmological Society

2013
e Lange Society Award
Sponsor: Cornelia de Lange Foundation

2013
University of Toronto Joint Ventre for Bioethics Honours and Awards Day, Best Poster
Sponsor: University of Toronto

2013
Alumni Achievement Award in Science
Sponsor: Muhlenberg College

2013
Patients Choice Award: America's Most Compassionate Doctors

2012 - 2013
Doximity SuperDoctors.com Top Doctor

2012 - 2013
Consumers' Research Council of America, America's Top Ophthalmologists

2012 - 2013
Philadelphia Super Doctor

2012
Patients Choice Award

2012
Claud Worth Silver Medal

2012
Jefferson Medical College Community Service Award

2012
Dr. Laird Jackson Award
Sponsor: Cornelia de Lange Foundation

2011 - 2016
Best Doctors in America
Sponsor: America's Best Doctors

2011 - 2013
Castle Connolly Top Doctor

2011 - 2012
Best Doctors in America, South Jersey Magazine

2011
Ray E. Helfer Society Award for Distinguished Contributions in the Field of Child Abuse and Neglect

2011
Sturge-Weber Foundation, Champion Award

2011
US News & World Report Top Doctor

2010
Centro Genética Clínica Genetics Award for Excellence

2010
Senior Honor Award
Sponsor: American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus

2010
5th place Resident presentations
Sponsor: Atlantic Coast Retina Club

2009 - 2016
Best Doctors in America, Philadelphia Metro Area, Pediatric Ophthalmology

2009
American Association of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus

2009
Fellow, The College of Physicians of Philadelph

2008 - 2009
Who's Who Among Executives and Professionals

2008
Visionary Award
Sponsor: Foundation Fighting Blindness

2008
National Center for Shaken Baby Syndrome Recognition Award for Outstanding Leadership and Support

2007 - 2008
Best Doctors in Canada

2007
James C. Fallis Teaching Award
Sponsor: The Hospital for Sick Children, Division of Emergency Medicine7

2007
Department of Ophthalmology, J. D. Morin Award
Sponsor: University of Toronto

2006
American Association of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus Fellowship Research Award

2006
Corresponding (Honorary) Member
Sponsor: Columbian Ophthalmology Society

2005
University of Toronto, Department of Ophthalmology,

2005
Leading Health Professionals of the World
Sponsor: International Biographical Centre, Cambridge, England

2004
Appreciation Award ("For Going Above and Beyond")
Sponsor: Pediatric Glaucoma and Cataract Family Association

2003 - 2005
Teacher of the Year Award
Sponsor: Department of Ophthalmology, The Hospital for Sick Children

2003 - 2004
Dean's Excellence Fund ($20,000)
Sponsor: University of Toronto

2003 - 2004
Best Grand Rounds
Sponsor: The Hospital for Sick Children, Division of Emergency Medicine

2003
Pediatric Glaucoma and Cataract Family Association Award
Sponsor: American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus

2003
Surgeon of the Year Award
Sponsor: Department of Ophthalmology, The Hospital for Sick Children

2002 - 2003
Dean's Excellence Fund ($20,000)
Sponsor: University of Toronto

2002
Achievement Award
Sponsor: American Academy of Ophthalmology

2001
Distinguished Service Award
Sponsor: Foundation Fighting Blindness

2001
Shankweiler Society (Outstanding Alumni Award, formerly Physician Hall of Fame)
Sponsor: Muhlenberg College

2000
David Fear Fellowship in Continuing Medical Education ($3000)
Sponsor: University of Toronto

2000
Israel Ophthalmological Society Meeting, Best Presentation

2000
Canadian National Institute for the Blind, White Cane Week Award

1999 - 2001
Clinical Traineeship Award
Sponsor: Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada

1997
The Hospital for Sick Children, Department of Surgery Annual Research Competition

1997
Award for Excellence for the Best Oral Presentation, Canadian Pediatric Society Meeting
Sponsor: Canadian Pediatric Society

1996
Canadian Medical Association Journal, Logie Medical Ethics Essay Award

1988
American Medical Association, Physician's Recognition Award

1982
Jefferson Medical College, Edward J. Moore Memorial Prize in Pediatrics

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Publications

Journal Articles

1/2/2021
Thau A, Saffren B, Zakrzewski H, Anderst JD, Carpenter SL, Levin A. "Retinal hemorrhage and bleeding disorders in children: A review." Child abuse & neglect.. 2021 Jan 2; 112:104901. Epub 2021 Jan 02.

12/24/2020
Ibanez MB, de Guimarães TAC, Capasso J, Bello N, Levin AV. "Stargardt misdiagnosis: How ocular genetics helps." American journal of medical genetics. Part A.. 2020 Dec 24; Epub 2020 Dec 24.

10/13/2020
Rapuano PB, Levin AV, Price JM, Myers JS, Lee D, Shukla AG. "Early Experience with Netarsudil in Pediatric Patients: A Retrospective Case Series." . 2020 Oct 13; Epub 2020 Oct 13.

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