Name: Josh Levitsky, MD, MS
Speciality: Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Graduated from: Albert Einstein College of Medicine ’98, University of Chicago Internal Medicine Residency ’01 and GI fellowship ’04, University of Nebraska Transplant Hepatology Fellowship ’05
Current Position: Professor of Medicine and Surgery, Director of Liver Research, Program Director for GI/Hepatology Fellowships, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Current Projects: Working on biomarkers of liver transplant tolerance and rejection, cellular therapy and immunosuppression modifications to promote tolerance, lots of other projects
What made you decide to work in transplantation? Seeing the transformation of a patient going from near death to life because of liver transplantation is what drove me to the field, and I saw that early as an internal medicine resident. The gift of life in the form of transplantation is truly a miracle of modern medicine, and my goal is to continue to help improve our outcomes and quality of life long term for our recipients.
What do you find to be the most valuable aspect of your work? Clinically seeing patients recover from transplantation and managing their medications as their transplant specialist. For research, coming up with new discoveries and writing manuscripts. I love writing papers, mostly in a collaborative effort with colleagues.
Fun Fact: I lived much of my childhood overseas, as my father was in the foreign service. I also love music – mostly the old 70s and 80s stuff. I challenge anyone to a music trivia contest!
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