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We hope you can find everything you need. Michael I. Levine, M.D. is focused on providing high-quality, humane, and sensitive service. Patient satisfaction is our priority - we will do everything we can to answer your questions and meet your expectations.
Dr. Levine has been practicing internal medicine and nephrology (the medical specialty that diagnoses and treats diseases of the kidneys and hypertension/high blood pressure, and supervises the care of people who require dialysis and related therapies) for over twenty years, and is one of the nation's first "interventional nephrologists" having performed thousands of hemodialysis fistula and graft angioplasties and percutaneous thrombectomies since 1994. Dr. Levine also helped to create the first vascular access clinical practice guidelines published by the National Kidney Foundation in 1997.
Dr. Levine received his board certifications in Internal Medicine in 1986, and in Nephrology in 1988.
Dr. Levine was born and raised in Queens, and attended grade, middle, and high school in the Queens, New York City public school system. He graduated from Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio with a B.S. in Biology and Chemistry in 1978. He received his Doctor of Medicine degree from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in 1982, and completed his internship and residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Washington in Seattle in 1985. The University of Washington School of Medicine and it's affiliated medical centers were, and continue to be, leaders in medical research, teaching, and patient care in the United States and throughout the world. In addition, Dr. Levine was Chief Medical Resident at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle in 1985-1986, one of the primary teaching hospitals in the University of Washington School of Medicine system. Dr. Levine returned to New York City and completed a fellowship in Nephrology at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, the main teaching hospital for the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, in 1988.
Dr. Levine has since held full-time faculty positions at Mount Sinai, St. Luke's-Roosevelt, and Beth Israel Medical Centers in New York City. He received his training in vascular interventions and hemodialysis vascular access from Gerald Beathard, M.D., Ph.D., the "father of Interventional Nephrology", and a recognized world leader in the field. In turn, Dr. Levine has trained a number of physicians who have gone on to have successful clinical and academic careers focused on hemodialysis vascular access. From 1997 to 2009 Dr. Levine was a member of Milwaukee Nephrologists, a private practice group in Milwaukee, Wisconsin where he practiced internal medicine, nephrology, and had the primary responsibility for overseeing the vascular access maintenance program and performing the hemodialysis fistula and graft angioplasties and thrombectomies for the hemodialysis patients of the practice.
Michael I. Levine, M.D. returned home once more in 2009 and looks forward to meeting all of you and doing whatever he can to help the people of New York be as healthy as possible, be it a young adult New Yorker who is in need of primary/preventative care, an elderly New Yorker facing the challenges of chronic kidney disease, or a middle aged New Yorker who needs his or her dialysis fistula to function well until he or she finally receives the kidney transplant they've been waiting years for. Similar to other parts of the United States and the developed world, high blood pressure is a major public health challenge in the New York area. Because the kidney is integral to regulating the body's blood pressure, nephrologists like Dr. Levine are also trained to diagnose and treat all forms of high blood pressure/hypertension including cases caused by hormonal disturbances and difficult to manage hypertension.
Dr. Levine is the father of two sons, ages 21 and 17, an avid baseball fan who grew up cheering for the Amazin' Mets and now roots for the Milwaukee Brewers, and enjoys movies ranging from the old classics to newer independent films such as some of the great movies by the Coen Brothers.
Dr. Levine currently is on staff and has admitting and consultation privileges at New York Downtown Hospital, Beth Israel Medical Center (Manhattan and Brooklyn), and all the campuses for Montefiore Medical Center (Bronx).
We hope you'll be happy working with us, and it will be our honor and privilege to work with you! Look around our website and if you have any comments or questions, please feel free to contact us.
The next chapter in Dr. Levine's career is now taking him to Buffalo, New York where he has joined the faculty of the University at Buffalo School of Medicine as Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Nephrology, Department of Medicine (please refer to the most recent blog posting for more information).
We hope to see you again! Check back later for new updates to our website. There's much more to come! Among the new additions is my kidney education website (click here to go directly to the site). I hope you find it informative and helpful.