Wendy Levinson

Wendy Levinson, MD

SOM White Coat Ceremony
Keynote Speaker

January 2002

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Wendy Levinson, MD is presently the Director, Robert Woods Johnson Scholars Program at the University of Chicago as well as vice-chair of Medicine at the University of Toronto.  She is also a Professor of Medicine, Department of Medicine, The University of Chicago Prtizker School of Medicine. 

A graduate of University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada with a BSc degree, Dr. Levinson earned her MD degree from McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.  Dr. Levinson did her postgraduate training in both Internal Medicine and as a diplomat in Epidemiology and Public Health.  In addition to her present position as a director, she has been a visiting scholar, Center for Health Research, Assistant Chief of Medicine and Assistant Chief of Medicine at Good Samaritan Hospital and Medical Center, Portland, Oregon. 

Dr. Levinson is a national leader in the field of General Internal Medicine and an expert on the doctor patient relationship.  She teaches and conducts research related to how physicians can communicate effectively with patients and the effects of good communication on health outcomes.  Her present work focuses on the effects of managed care on the physician-patient relationship, communication about domestic violence and how surgeons inform patients about decisions. 

Recent appointments for Dr. Levinson include: planning committee member for the Medicine as a Profession Forums, The Open Society Institution, member of the Association of Professors of Medicine (APM) and health resources and services administration (HRSA) for Collaborative Internal Medicine Project and board member on National Opinion Research Center, Maclean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics and Generalist Educational Leadership.

Dr. Levinson has written, co-authored, consulted and edited more than 85 articles and six publications.  She has also directed and co-authored a video tape, Problem Behaviors in Residents: Recognition and Resolution, Chicago, Illinois, American Board of Internal Medicine (1991).