CHICAGO – The American Medical Association (AMA), the nation’s largest physician organization, announced today the election of Maryland internist Ilse R. Levin, D.O., M.P.H. & T.M., to its Board of Trustees.

Dr. Levin is a board-certified internist and epidemiologist with deep roots in organized medicine, beginning in medical school and continuing with leadership positions in the AMA, the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM), and the National Commission on Correctional Healthcare.

“As a medical student in California, I witnessed how organized medicine could shape how we practice medicine and improve patient care,” Dr. Levin said. “As the current pandemic has shown, physician leadership is needed – from the community level to the national level. The AMA is ideally positioned to provide that leadership.”

The AMA Foundation has recognized Dr. Levin’s advocacy work with a Leadership Award; she is currently president of the AMA’s Forum for Medical Affairs. She also serves on the board of directors for ASAM and is chair of their delegation to the AMA. She has been the AMA representative to the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the CDC’s National Advisory Council for the Elimination of Tuberculosis. She also serves on the board of directors for the National Commission on Correctional Health Care.

Dr. Levin received her bachelor’s degree in marine biology from Boston University. She went on to receive her combined master’s degree in public health and tropical medicine at James Cook University in Australia. Dr. Levin received her osteopathic medical degree from Western University in Pomona, Calif., and completed her residency in internal medicine at Baystate Medical Center/Tufts University School of Medicine.

She has held clinical faculty appointments with Georgetown University Family Medicine Residency and Tufts University School of Medicine. She spent five years working for the nonprofit Unity Health Care, Inc., a community medicine clinic in Washington, D.C., and as a physician in the D.C. Department of Corrections. Since then, she has worked as a hospital-based physician.

Family time finds her and husband Seth sharing their love of exploring national parks with their 10-year old son and indulging his passion for fossil hunting.

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