Andrew Levitt, DO

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.

 
Pratima Arapakotra Pratima Arapakota graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Science from the University of Toronto and an MBA and MPA from Cornell University. She currently works in strategy and analytics at Autodesk in San Francisco. Previously, Pratima served on the Board of Directors for the 1to1 Movement in San Diego. Pratima is originally from Mississauga, Ontario. In her spare time, Pratima enjoys reading, exploring the California coast, and attempting new vegetarian recipes.

Pratima Arapakotra

Pratima Arapakota graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Science from the University of Toronto and an MBA and MPA from Cornell University. She currently works in strategy and analytics at Autodesk in San Francisco. Previously, Pratima served on the Board of Directors for the 1to1 Movement in San Diego. Pratima is originally from Mississauga, Ontario. In her spare time, Pratima enjoys reading, exploring the California coast, and attempting new vegetarian recipes.

Michele Young Michele Young works for the Genentech Access To Care Foundation where her responsibilities include the policy and governance for the organization. Prior to the Genentech Access To Care Foundation, Michele worked in the biotechnology industry on projects ranging from product R&D to Commercialization. Michele studied at UC Riverside where she majored in Liberal Arts. Her passions include her children, health care access and literacy along with enjoying dance and food.

Michele Young

Michele Young works for the Genentech Access To Care Foundation where her responsibilities include the policy and governance for the organization. Prior to the Genentech Access To Care Foundation, Michele worked in the biotechnology industry on projects ranging from product R&D to Commercialization. Michele studied at UC Riverside where she majored in Liberal Arts. Her passions include her children, health care access and literacy along with enjoying dance and food.

 
Sharyn Levitt Ms. Levitt is a graduate of The School of Hotel Administration, Cornell University. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of The Crossings Animal Sanctuary in Washington Crossing, PA. The organization is working to establish the first “no-kill” animal facility in Bucks county Pennsylvania.

Sharyn Levitt

Ms. Levitt is a graduate of The School of Hotel Administration, Cornell University. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of The Crossings Animal Sanctuary in Washington Crossing, PA. The organization is working to establish the first “no-kill” animal facility in Bucks county Pennsylvania.

Henry Hecht, JD Henry Hecht has been a member of the faculty of the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law since 1983. In addition to teaching, he is an independent consultant on skills training for lawyers and founder of The Hecht Training Group, which presents in-house workshops at law firms, corporate law offices, and government agencies. Before joining the Berkeley Law faculty, Henry had an active litigation practice, first with the Watergate Special Prosecution Force as an Assistant Special Prosecutor, and then with Heller Ehrman LLP as Special Counsel. Henry has lectured and written extensively for the American Bar Association (ABA), the American Law Institute-American Bar Association (ALI-ABA), the Practicing Law Institute (PLI), California Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB), and the National Practice Institute (NPI). His publications include one book, Effective Depositions 2nd ed. (ABA 2010), and numerous training case files as well as multi-media resources. He also serves on the Institutional Review Board (IRB) for Alameda Health Systems (AHS) and on the Board of Directors for the Practice Program for the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. Previously Henry served on the Board of Directors of the East Bay Community Law Center (EBCLC) for 16 years. In addition, he is an elected member of the American Law Institute (ALI) and the American Bar Foundation (ABF). Mr. Hecht is a graduate of Harvard Law School (J.D. cum laude 1973) and Williams College (B.A. magna cum laude 1968).

Henry Hecht, JD

Henry Hecht has been a member of the faculty of the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law since 1983. In addition to teaching, he is an independent consultant on skills training for lawyers and founder of The Hecht Training Group, which presents in-house workshops at law firms, corporate law offices, and government agencies. Before joining the Berkeley Law faculty, Henry had an active litigation practice, first with the Watergate Special Prosecution Force as an Assistant Special Prosecutor, and then with Heller Ehrman LLP as Special Counsel. Henry has lectured and written extensively for the American Bar Association (ABA), the American Law Institute-American Bar Association (ALI-ABA), the Practicing Law Institute (PLI), California Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB), and the National Practice Institute (NPI). His publications include one book, Effective Depositions 2nd ed. (ABA 2010), and numerous training case files as well as multi-media resources. He also serves on the Institutional Review Board (IRB) for Alameda Health Systems (AHS) and on the Board of Directors for the Practice Program for the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. Previously Henry served on the Board of Directors of the East Bay Community Law Center (EBCLC) for 16 years. In addition, he is an elected member of the American Law Institute (ALI) and the American Bar Foundation (ABF). Mr. Hecht is a graduate of Harvard Law School (J.D. cum laude 1973) and Williams College (B.A. magna cum laude 1968).


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