I am so proud and humbled to represent the osteopathic medical profession as its 115th president.
You can read my inaugural address
but I thought I would share with you 10 things you might not know about me:
1. My Dad, Howard Levine, DO, was president of the AOA from 1997-1998. We are the first father/son president of the AOA.
2. There are almost 20 DOs in my family (the 20th will graduate from KCOM in 2012).
3. I am an avid barefoot water skier.
4. I have served as a physician for elite athletes at the Boston and New York marathons as well as for Olympic and professional teams.
5. I have treated some of the best athletes in the world with OMT and made a difference.
6. I am a grandfather. My granddaughter is almost 1.
7. I am a strong advocate for the AOA’s Clinical Assessment Program. In fact, if you’re on a rotation with me, you can bet you’ll be involved in this program.
8. I have been a family medicine residency program director and DME twice. I still precept third-year osteopathic medical students.
9. I tell students to first observe your patients, especially when they move. It will help you develop your questions for your history as well as the direction for your physical. And, I tell them to include OMT in every patient visit.
10. I am married to an architect.
I am eager to travel the country this year and meet many of you including our osteopathic medical students, interns/residents and new physicians in practice. You are the future of this profession and I want to hear your ideas, your concerns and your vision for moving this profession forward.
So ask your questions, respond to my posts and respectfully disagree! I look forward to our dialogue this year.