Marc Levine, M.D., of Penn, wins Eminent Scientist of the Year award from the IRPC

Penn clinician and researcher is a leader in the field of gastrointestinal radiology

(Philadelphia, PA) - Marc Levine, MD, Professor of Radiology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine has received an Eminent Scientist of the Year 2006 award from the International Research Promotion Council (IRPC) in India. The award is based on his clinical expertise and research excellence in the field of gastrointestinal radiology. The IRPC presents the World Scientists Forum awards annually by selecting recipients whose work has had a positive impact on medical care throughout the world, especially in developing countries.

Levine has served as the chief of the gastrointestinal section in the Department of Radiology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania since 1998. Additionally, in 2004, Levine was appointed as an advisory dean in the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, a position in which he is responsible for advising and mentoring one-fourth of each medical school class.

Levine has been a prolific researcher in all areas of gastrointestinal radiology, co-authoring 189 original scientific articles and 108 chapters, review articles, and editorials in the medical literature, including seminal papers on the radiographic findings of HIV esophagitis, herpes esophagitis, Barrett's esophagus, NSAID-induced erosive gastritis, Helicobacter pylori gastritis, and gastric MALT lymphoma. He also has been a leading proponent of double-contrast barium studies for evaluating the gastrointestinal tract and has authored or co-edited several of the major texts in his field, including Radiology of the Esophagus, the 2nd and 3rd editions of Double Contrast Gastrointestinal Radiology, and the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd editions of Textbook of Gastrointestinal Radiology (all published and translated into multiple languages by W. B. Saunders).

Levine is a frequent invited lecturer in gastrointestinal radiology, having participated as a speaker at 106 postgraduate courses and as a Visiting Professor 134 times at institutions around the world. He also has given nine named lectureships and personally organized an international education outreach program in Montevideo, Uruguay in 2003 to educate radiologists in that country about the most current concepts in gastrointestinal radiology.

Levine has received numerous awards and honors including the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Award for distinguished teaching at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in 2003, the highest teaching award given to a member of the medical school faculty. He served on the Board of Directors for The Society of Gastrointestinal Radiologists from 1998 to 2004 and as President of this international organization in 2004. The Consumer Research Council of America named him as one of "America's Top Physicians" in 2005.

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For more information on Marc Levine, MD, go on-line to: http://pennhealth.com/Wagform/MainPage.aspx?config=provider&P=PP&ID=2164.

For more information on Penn Radiology Services, visit: http://www.uphs.upenn.edu/radiology/.

For more information on the IRPC, visit: http://www.irpc.org/.

PENN Medicine is a $2.9 billion enterprise dedicated to the related missions of medical education, biomedical research, and high-quality patient care. PENN Medicine consists of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine (founded in 1765 as the nation's first medical school) and the University of Pennsylvania Health System.

Penn's School of Medicine is ranked #2 in the nation for receipt of NIH research funds; and ranked #3 in the nation in U.S. News & World Report's most recent ranking of top research-oriented medical schools. Supporting 1,400 fulltime faculty and 700 students, the School of Medicine is recognized worldwide for its superior education and training of the next generation of physician-scientists and leaders of academic medicine.

The University of Pennsylvania Health System includes three hospitals, all of which have received numerous national patient-care honors [Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania; Pennsylvania Hospital, the nation's first hospital; and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center]; a faculty practice plan; a primary-care provider network; two multispecialty satellite facilities; and home care and hospice.


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