Levine served as senior vice chancellor for the health sciences and John and Gertrude Petersen Dean of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine from 1998 to 2020. He was instrumental in fostering Pitt’s remarkable health sciences research trajectory, boosting the university into the top five nationally for National Institutes of Health (NIH) research funding.
Following his retirement in June 2020 from leading Pitt’s Schools of the Health Sciences, Levine transitioned into a new research role, opening a laboratory in Pitt’s Brain Institute to pursue Alzheimer’s disease research.
During his tenure as senior vice chancellor, Levine enhanced the recruitment and retention of talented students and trainees, helping to reverse the precipitous decline in the number of young physicians and other health science students embarking upon careers in research and education. Through close work with UPMC, one of the largest academic medical centers in the U.S., Levine ensured that health care delivery, biomedical research and education—the three legs of the “classic academic stool”—remained equally strong and well-positioned for growth.
Prior to his appointment at Pitt, Levine served at the NIH for more than three decades, having joined the National Cancer Institute in 1967. From 1982 to 1998, he was the scientific director of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. He has authored or co-authored hundreds of scientific publications, been elected to membership in a number of leading research societies and held visiting professorships and distinguished lectureships at many universities in the U.S. and abroad.
Levine is a graduate of Columbia College, where he majored in comparative literature and edited The Columbia Review. He received his M.D. from the Chicago Medical School, and, after an internship and residency in pediatrics at the University of Minnesota Hospitals, served as a fellow in hematology and biochemical genetics at the University of Minnesota.