Stephanie M. Levine, MD, FCCP, is an expert in lung transplantation, and pulmonary and critical care issues in pregnancy and women’s lung health. She is a Professor of Medicine in the Division of Pulmonary Diseases and Critical Care Medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, Texas; the Program Director of the Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship at the University of Texas Health Science Center; and the Co-Director of the Medical Intensive Care Unit at the University Hospital. She is also a staff physician at the Audie Murphy Veteran Administration Hospital.
Dr. Levine has been Editor for both CHEST SEEK Critical Care Medicine and Pulmonary Medicine editions. In 2009 she received the CHEST Presidential Citation Award; in 2010, the CHEST Distinguished Service Award; and in 2017, the Master Clinician Educator Award. She has also been recognized as a Distinguished CHEST Educator in 2017, 2018, and 2019.
Dr. Levine has been active in CHEST international activities with CHEST World Congress meetings, the 2017 Basel Joint CHEST/SPG Congress in collaboration with the Swiss Lung Association, and with the pulmonary/critical care subspecialty training programs being developed in China. She was President and Chair of the CHEST Foundation from 2010-2014 and is currently on the CHEST Board of Regents.
We asked Dr. Levine for some thoughts on her upcoming CHEST presidency.
What would you like to accomplish as President of CHEST?
Every 5 years, the Board of Regents sets forth a new 5-year strategic plan, which is re-evaluated annually. We try to make sure all our decisions and actions align with this strategic plan. As President, I will promote the vision and mission of CHEST while guiding our organization to succeed in our 2018-2022 strategic plan. What will this include? This will include developing new innovative, evidenced-based, education and educational products in the areas of pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine; producing evidence-based guidelines; and expanding our educational expertise both nationally and globally. I am committed to actively engage and retain our fellows-in-training (being a longstanding program director), and to mentor our future leaders. I will reach out to engage and educate advanced practice providers, who are an integral part of our patient care teams. We will grow the CHEST Foundation in the areas of patient education and access, clinical research funding, and community service. On the global front, we will continue with our new global strategy of holding congresses based on the annual meeting content and smaller board review format regional conferences in different parts of the world seeking education in pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine. Our next meeting is in Bologna, Italy, in June of 2020. I will build on our collaborative inter-societal relationships with our related societies. Some of the specific areas I plan to focus on are defining the true value of CHEST membership, engaging all members of the health-care team, and revisiting the structure and function of our NetWorks to ensure the maximum opportunities for leadership and engagement.