Columbia celebrates Dr. Richard Levine’s 50th year at Columbia and establishment of new endowed professorships

From left : Jason Wright, MD; Zev Williams, MD, PhD; Arnie Advincula, MD; Mary D'Alton, MD; Richard Levine, MD; Carolyn Westhoff, MD; and Cynthia Gyamfi-Bannerman, MD, MSc
From left : Jason Wright, MD; Zev Williams, MD, PhD; Arnie Advincula, MD; Mary D'Alton, MD; Richard Levine, MD; Carolyn Westhoff, MD; and Cynthia Gyamfi-Bannerman, MD, MSc

Friends and members of the department gathered to celebrate Dr. Richard Levine’s 50th anniversary at Columbia University and the establishment of two new endowed professorships that he raised as part of his role as Vice Chair of Development on May 23, 2018. Hosted by Lee Goldman, MD, Dean of the Faculties of Health Sciences and Medicines and Chief Executive of Columbia University Irving Medical Center, and Mary D’Alton, MD, Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center, the evening was a lovely and moving tribute to Dr. Levine and his wife, Ellen Levine, and all that they have contributed to Columbia and the field of women’s health over the past 50 years.

Dr. Levine began his career at Columbia as a resident in Obstetrics and Gynecology and joined the faculty as an Associate Professor after completing a fellowship and service in the military as Chief of Service, Obstetrics and Gynecology at U.S. Patterson Army Hospital in Fort Monmouth, NJ. Since joining the faculty, Dr. Levine has had a full clinical practice while also taking on many key administrative roles, including Vice President and President of the Columbia-Presbyterian Physician Network Medical Board and President and CEO of the Columbia Faculty Practice Organization. Throughout his career, Dr. Levine has not only provided exceptional care to his patients, but he has worked to improve access and enhance quality of care for the women of New York and beyond. Since 2012 when he became the Vice Chair of Development, Dr. Levine has raised six endowed professorships, which will benefit the Department of Ob/Gyn and the women and families they serve in perpetuity. We are so grateful for Dr. Levine’s leadership and mentorship and all that he has done for the women’s service at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center.

Guests also celebrated Dr. Cynthia Gyamfi-Bannerman and Dr. Zev Williams, the recipients of the two most recently raised endowed professorships. Dr. Cynthia Gyamfi-Bannerman (far right) is the Ellen Jacobson Levine and Eugene Jacobson Professor of Women’s Health and an expert in preterm birth prevention. She is an NIH-funded investigator, a superb clinician, and director of the Maternal Fetal Medicine fellowship at Columbia. Dr. Zev Williams (second from left) is the Wendy D. Havens Associate Professor of Women’s Health and Chief of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. He is also an NIH-funded investigator, focusing his research and clinical practice on recurrent pregnancy loss.