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Andrew Levitt, DO

M. 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.


Our Board Members

Dennis Levitt Mr. Levitt is a graduate of Temple University in Pennsylvania with a BA in Radio, TV and Film. His career spanned two decades as an executive in automotive industry public relations and marketing. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the Battleship New Jersey Museum and is Chairman of the Board’s Curatorial Committee. Mr. Levitt is also a member of the Board of Directors of The Crossings Animal Sanctuary. Mr. Levitt’s interests include European and American history, high-performance cars, scale model construction, and video editing.

Dennis Levitt

Mr. Levitt is a graduate of Temple University in Pennsylvania with a BA in Radio, TV and Film. His career spanned two decades as an executive in automotive industry public relations and marketing. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the Battleship New Jersey Museum and is Chairman of the Board’s Curatorial Committee. Mr. Levitt is also a member of the Board of Directors of The Crossings Animal Sanctuary. Mr. Levitt’s interests include European and American history, high-performance cars, scale model construction, and video editing.

Barry Simon, MD, President, Board of Directors Dr. Simon is the Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Highland Hospital - Alameda Health System and has served in that capacity since 199?   He is also a Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Simon is originally from Detroit, MI and attended Michigan State University. He received his MD from Wayne State University and did a residency in Emergency Medicine at Denver General Hospital. Dr. Simon is the founding President of the Board of Directors for the Andrew Levitt Center for Social Emergency Medicine. His interests include hiking, travel, reading, dogs, tech toys and his children and grandchildren.

Barry Simon, MD, President, Board of Directors

Dr. Simon is the Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Highland Hospital - Alameda Health System and has served in that capacity since 199?   He is also a Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Simon is originally from Detroit, MI and attended Michigan State University. He received his MD from Wayne State University and did a residency in Emergency Medicine at Denver General Hospital. Dr. Simon is the founding President of the Board of Directors for the Andrew Levitt Center for Social Emergency Medicine. His interests include hiking, travel, reading, dogs, tech toys and his children and grandchildren.


Harrison J. Alter, MS, MD Executive Director & Secretary Dr. Alter is the Associate Chair for Research at Highland Hospital - Alameda Health System, and has been an attending emergency physician at Highland since 2004. He is a Clinical Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Dr. Alter also serves as Executive Director of the Andrew Levitt Center for Social Emergency Medicine (levittcenter.org), and is a lecturer in the UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program. Prior to his current appointment, Dr. Alter was on the faculty of emergency medicine at the University of Washington and its Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center, and served also as an emergency physician for the Navajo Nation. Dr. Alter received his medical degree and Master’s in health and medical sciences from the UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program, and was a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at the University of Washington. He is a graduate of Brown University, with a concentration in Comparative Literature. Dr. Alter is the founding Executive Director for the Andrew Levitt Center for Social Emergency Medicine. His interests include fiction, hockey, skiing and his children.

Harrison J. Alter, MS, MD Executive Director & Secretary

Dr. Alter is the Associate Chair for Research at Highland Hospital - Alameda Health System, and has been an attending emergency physician at Highland since 2004. He is a Clinical Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Dr. Alter also serves as Executive Director of the Andrew Levitt Center for Social Emergency Medicine (levittcenter.org), and is a lecturer in the UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program. Prior to his current appointment, Dr. Alter was on the faculty of emergency medicine at the University of Washington and its Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center, and served also as an emergency physician for the Navajo Nation. Dr. Alter received his medical degree and Master’s in health and medical sciences from the UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program, and was a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at the University of Washington. He is a graduate of Brown University, with a concentration in Comparative Literature. Dr. Alter is the founding Executive Director for the Andrew Levitt Center for Social Emergency Medicine. His interests include fiction, hockey, skiing and his children.

 
Jocelyn Freeman Garrick, MS, MD Dr. Freeman Garrick was an undergraduate at UC Berkeley and attended medical school at the University of Southern California. She trained in Emergency Medicine at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine-Jacobi/Montefiore Emergency Medicine Residency Program in New York, serving as chief resident during her final year in 2001. She is a board-certified Emergency Medicine physician who, after completing her residency, obtained a Masters in Science in Epidemiology from Cornell University. Dr. Freeman Garrick currently serves as the EMS Base Director at Alameda Health System- Highland Hospital and is an attending physician in the Emergency Department. She is the Deputy Medical Director for Emergency Medical Services in Alameda County, Director for the Alameda County Health Pipeline Partnership and she is the founder of Mentoring in Medicine & Science. Dr. Freeman Garrick is primarily interested in research that addresses violence prevention through health education and economic opportunities as well as societal impacts on health. Dr. Freeman Garrick’s interests include dancing and travel.

Jocelyn Freeman Garrick, MS, MD

Dr. Freeman Garrick was an undergraduate at UC Berkeley and attended medical school at the University of Southern California. She trained in Emergency Medicine at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine-Jacobi/Montefiore Emergency Medicine Residency Program in New York, serving as chief resident during her final year in 2001. She is a board-certified Emergency Medicine physician who, after completing her residency, obtained a Masters in Science in Epidemiology from Cornell University. Dr. Freeman Garrick currently serves as the EMS Base Director at Alameda Health System- Highland Hospital and is an attending physician in the Emergency Department. She is the Deputy Medical Director for Emergency Medical Services in Alameda County, Director for the Alameda County Health Pipeline Partnership and she is the founder of Mentoring in Medicine & Science. Dr. Freeman Garrick is primarily interested in research that addresses violence prevention through health education and economic opportunities as well as societal impacts on health. Dr. Freeman Garrick’s interests include dancing and travel.


Our Researchers

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Douglas AE White, MD

ED-based Public Health Screening 

Andrew Herring, MD

 

National trends in ED Care and Utilization;      Substance Use Mitigation


Our Staff

Harrison J. Alter, MS, MD, Executive Director

Ann Cummings, JD, Associate Director/COO

Jahan Fahimi, MD, MPH, Advisor

Bradley Frazee, MD, Advisor

Eric Giannella, PhD, Associate Researcher

Rohan Jha, Data Science Innovator

Matilda Lynton, Data Science Innovator

Kitty Rothschild, Senior Advisor

William R. Stewart, MSW, Clinical Research Coordinator

Tamara Todorovic, Clinical Research Coordinator

N. Ewen Wang, MD, Advisor


Our Scientific Advisory Panel

James A. Gordon, MD, MPA, Professor of Emergency Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Renee Y. Hsia, MD, MSc, Professor of Emergency Medicine, University of California, San Francisco

Robert Lowe, MD, MPH, Professor, Departments of Emergency Medicine, Public Health and Preventive Medicine and Medical Informatics and Epidemiology, and Senior Scholar, Center for Policy and Research in Emergency Medicine, Oregon Health Sciences University

Karin Rhodes, MD, MS, Vice-President, Care Management Design & Evaluation, Office of Population Health Management, Northwell Health, and Professor, Emergency Medicine and Psychiatry, Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine

Robert Rodriguez, MD, Professor of Emergency Medicine, Research Director, SFGH, Department of Emergency Medicine, University of California, San Francisco

Knox H. Todd, MD, MPH, Director, EMLine.org