Andrew Levitt, DO, was the Research Director for the Highland General Hospital Department of Emergency Medicine from 1984-2004. Dr. Levitt began to apply rigorous research methods to emergency medicine practice at a time when most emergency physicians were struggling for recognition as a clinical specialty within the organized medical care system. He mentored dozens of aspiring EM researchers, helping each find a niche and an individual style. After Dr. Levitt's death in 2004, his mother, Janet Levitt, and his brother and sister-in-law Dennis and Sharyn Levitt, collaborated with the EM faculty at Highland Hospital – Alameda Health System - to create the Andrew Levitt Center for Social Emergency Medicine which was founded in 2008. With the guidance of the family, a bequest from Dr. Levitt's estate served as the inception funding for a new independent non-profit research institute that now bears his name.