Andrew Levitt


M. Andrew (Andy) 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 -- now the Alameda Health System - Highland Hospital -- to create the Andrew Levitt Center for Social Emergency Medicine. 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

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Barry Simon, MD - President

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Dennis Levitt


Jocelyn Freeman-Garrick, MD

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Sharyn Levitt


Harrison J. Alter, MD, MS


Our Associate Researchers


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

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,