Everett Vokes,MD, Chair of the Department of Medicine, recently announced the appointment of Stacie Levine, MD, Professor of Medicine, as Chief of the Section of Geriatrics & Palliative Medicine. Dr. Levine received her MD from Rush Medical College in 1997 followed by internal medicine residency and geriatrics fellowship training at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York, NY. In 2001 she arrived at the University of Chicago as a research fellow in geriatric medicine and joined the faculty in 2002 as an Instructor.  In 2004 she was promoted to Assistant Professor followed by her promotion to Associate Professor in 2011.

Since joining the faculty, Dr. Levine successfully led efforts to build a clinical palliative medicine program in order to improve the clinical care for our seriously ill patients. This accomplishment was recognized internally through renaming the Section of Geriatrics to the Section of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine in 2008. She also successfully led an initiative to develop a Supportive Oncology inpatient service in collaboration with the Section of Hematology/Oncology that focuses on supporting patients and families with advanced solid tumor malignancies.

In the educational realm, Dr. Levine directed the development of two nationally-recognized fellowship programs in geriatrics and palliative medicine.  These programs are consistently recognized as among the best in the Midwest, and continue to attract excellent candidates from across the country. As a clinician educator has been recognized for her contributions with appointments as a fellow in the Academy of Distinguished Medical Educators and as a faculty scholar in Bucksbaum Institute for Clinical Excellence. This year she was selected to participate in the Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) leadership program for women in medicine.

Nationally, Dr. Levine is an active member of the American Geriatrics Society and fellow of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM) where she served as the chair of the fellowship director’s task force committee and member of the Curricular Milestones and Entrustable Professional Activity work group. She is also a member of the Academic Palliative Medicine Council and Workforce and Leadership Development Strategic Coordinating Committee. Dr. Levine has earned recognition as a Castle Connolly and Chicago Magazine’s Top Doctor.  She is currently Co-PI for a multi-centered regional palliative medicine education program with Rush University engaging 22 hospitals across the greater Chicago-land area, and funded by the Coleman Foundation ($1.4 million).      She has published numerous book chapters and manuscripts in top journals in her field.

Dr. Levine’s vision for the Section includes growth in the research program including the creation of an Aging Research Institute, growth in the clinical programs including an on-site  geriatrics assessment clinic in the DCAM and other satellite clinics, and enhancing the fellowship programs with additional mentoring and research opportunities.