The Los Angeles County Medical Association (LACMA) awarded the Hospital Physician Leadership Award to Alexandra M. Levine, MD, MACP, Chief Medical Officer of City of Hope. Dr. Levine received the award in recognition of her exemplary contributions to the medical profession, including her leadership in professional organizations, her compassion and devotion to patients, and a career dedicated to pursuing clinical research.
Dr. Levine is responsible for all of City of Hope’s clinical and hospital care programs, which encompass quality of service, patient safety, clinical research, clinical information management, and professional education. She serves as the primary liaison with the City of Hope Medical Group and its physician members to promote collaboration across disciplines and ensure staff recruitment and retention.
“I am honored and humbled to be recognized by a professional association that represents so many of our medical colleagues in Los Angeles County,” Dr. Levine said. “It is truly a great distinction to be among such accomplished health leaders and visionaries whom LACMA honors each year.”
Dr. Levine is also Professor at City of Hope’s Hematologic Malignancies and Stem Cell Transplantation Institute. She served as Chief of the University of Southern California (USC) School of Medicine’s Division of Hematology from 1991 to 2006, where she was Distinguished Professor of Medicine, Medical Director of the USC/Norris Cancer Hospital, and Past Executive Associate Dean of the Medical School. The National Institutes of Health consistently funded her research as a principal investigator from 1982 to 2012.
Dr. Levine was among the first to recognize the epidemic of lymphoma and other cancers among HIV-infected persons in the United States and has been a strong advocate for HIV-infected patients over the years. Internationally, she served as a consultant on HIV/AIDS programs for the health departments of Chile, Russia, India, and China.
In 1995, former President Bill Clinton appointed Dr. Levine to the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS, where she served as the Chair of the Research Committee. She was honored by appointment to the National Cancer Institute’s Board of Scientific Counselors from 1996 to 1999 and again from 2010 to 2015. Dr. Levine was elected a Master of the American College of Physicians in 2009. ■