WASHINGTON, Oct. 5, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Association of Academic Health Centers (AAHC) announced today that Dr. Richard I. Levin, an internationally recognized physician scientist and educator, will join the organization as Senior Scholar in Residence serving in a senior advisory capacity.
Currently a Professor of Medicine in the Division of Cardiology at McGill University in Montreal and a Professor Emeritus of Medicine in the Leon H. Charney Division of Cardiology at New York University, Dr. Levin recently completed a successful term as Vice-Principal for Health Affairs and Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at McGill where he focused on strengthening relationships with key hospital affiliates through the creation of the McGill Academic Health Network, expansion of philanthropy, prioritization in research, and a strategic planning process that will redefine education, research, and the professorial life cycle.
In addition to his scientific work in coronary health intervention and studies on the promotion of wound healing that resulted in the award of several patents, Dr. Levin has been a national board member and officer of numerous professional U.S. organizations, including past President of the New York and Heritage affiliates of the American Heart Association. In Canada, he was President of the Council of Deans of the Faculties of Medicine of Quebec and was Chairman of the Board of the Canadian Resident Matching Service. Before taking on his position at McGill in September of 2006, Dr. Levin was the Vice Dean for Education, Faculty and Academic Affairs, and a Professor of Medicine at New York University School of Medicine. For twenty-five years, he practiced cardiology at Bellevue Hospital where he is currently an Attending Emeritus.
"I am very excited to welcome this distinguished academic leader who has had extensive experience in both of North America's health systems, and look forward to working with him as the AAHC and its members prepare for the future of academic health centers in this era of reform," said Dr. Steven A. Wartman, AAHC President and CEO.
Dr. Levin will begin his appointment on November 1.
The AAHC is a national non-profit association representing more than 100 academic health centers, with a mission to improve the nation's health care system by mobilizing and enhancing the strengths and resources of the academic health center enterprise in health professions education, patient care, and research.
SOURCE Association of Academic Health Centers