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
Our Senior Scientists
Douglas AE White, MD
Dr. Douglas AE. White is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco who works as an attending emergency physician at Highland Hospital, Alameda Health System (formerly the Alameda County Medical Center). He serves as an Associate Researcher for the Andrew Levitt Center for Social Emergency Medicine in Oakland, California and is the Director of Emergency Department HIV and Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) Screening as well as the Director of Residency Education for the Department of Emergency Medicine.
Since 2004, Dr. White has been actively involved in public health research with a focus on implementing models of HIV and HCV screening in the urban ED. His work has been supported through several grants from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), California State Office of AIDS, Gilead Sciences, and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Dr. White has partnered with the CDC in providing training and clinical expertise in their workshop series, â€œImplementation of HIV Screening in Acute Care Settingsâ€ and has been an active member of the National Emergency Department HIV Testing Consortium. He is currently a co-investigator in an NIH-funded randomized controlled trial evaluating 3 HIV screening methods in EDs. Over the past 3 years, Dr. White has integrated both targeted HCV screening (risk-based and birth cohort) as well as non-risk-based screening into ED clinical operations.
Andrew Herring, MD
Andrew A. Herring, MD, is an attending emergency physician at Highland Hospital Alameda Health System in Oakland, California, and a clinical instructor at UCSF. He graduated from Harvard Medical School in 2008 and is board certified in addiction medicine. Herring conducts research on non-opioid pain management approaches in the emergency department, and teaches nationally on integrating ultrasound-guided regional anesthesia and interventional pain procedures into a practical approach to emergency pain management. He is a member of the American Academy of Pain Medicine’s advisory panel on acute pain medicine. Herring is leading a series of pilots funded by the California Health Care Foundation to launch provision of medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorder in emergency settings.
Robert J. Wong, MD, MS
Robert J. Wong, MD, MS, is the director of research and education in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at Alameda Health System’s Highland Hospital and assistant clinical professor of medicine at University of California, San Francisco.
Dr. Wong studied molecular and cell biology at University of California, Berkeley, and then moved across the bay to the University of California, San Francisco’s School of Medicine for his MD. He received an MS in clinical epidemiology and completed fellowships in gastroenterology and hepatology at Stanford University School of Medicine. His internal medicine residency was completed at California Pacific Medical Center, and he did a research fellowship at National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health. In 2015, Wong received the AASLD Young Investigator Travel Award, and in 2014 he was the recipient of the Salix Fellowship to Leadership Award. EASL also gave him the Young Investigator Award (2014) and UCSF sent him to Guangzhou, China as part of the Sun Yat Sen University Exchange program.
Dr. Wong co-chair’s the Alameda Health System Institutional Review Board and sits on a number of committees, including the Highland Hospital Department of Medicine Committee to Support Resident Scholarly Activity, the Highland Hospital Internal Medicine Residency Program Clinical Competency Committee and the California Pacific Medical Center Gastroenterology Fellowship Program, Program Evaluation Committee.
Harrison J. Alter, MS, MD, Founding Executive Director and Director of Research
Karen Sakanashi, JD, Executive Director
Serene Chen, MD, Design Innovator
Jahan Fahimi, MD, MPH, Advisor
Bradley Frazee, MD, Advisor
Eric Giannella, PhD, Associate Researcher
Rohan Jha, Data Science Innovator
Coco Lemberg, Social Media Manager
Matilda Lynton, Data Science Innovator
Kitty Rothschild, Senior Advisor
Carly Russell, Project Manager
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