Dr. Rachel Levine Bio
Admiral Rachel L. Levine is the Assistant Secretary for Health for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the highest ranking openly transgender government official in U.S. history. She is also the head of the US Public Health Service Commissioned Corps., becoming the first transgender four-star officer. She is also a professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry at the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. She is also the chief of the Division of Adolescent Medicine and Eating Disorders.
She is the president of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials. In the past, she has written on the opioid crisis, medical marijuana, adolescent medicine, eating disorders and LGBTQ medicine.
Dr. Rachel Levine Age
She was born in 1957 and celebrates her birthday on October 28.
Dr. Rachel Levine Height
She stands at a height of 5 feet 6 inches tall.
Dr. Rachel Levine Real Name – Dr. Rachel Levine Birth Name
Rachel Levine was born Richard Levine before she transitioned.
Dr. Rachel Levine Education
Rachel attended Belmont Hill School, Bellmont is an independent school for boys. She later joined Harvard College for her undergraduate studies. In 1983 she graduated from Tulane U, School of Medicine and specializes in pediatric medicine.
She is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine, and the Academy for Eating Disorders.
Dr. Rachel Levine Religion
Levine is Jewish, she was raised in a Jewish household, celebrated her bar mitzvah and attended synagogue
Dr. Rachel Levine Family
Rachel was born to Melvin and Lillian Levine. Her parents were both attorney and was raised in Wakefield, Mass., a suburb north of Boston alongside her sister Bonnie. Her mother was the only woman to graduate from Boston University Law School in 1946.
Dr. Rachel Levine Mother
On May 13, 2020 Rachel said that she had recently moved her 95-year-old mother out of a personal care home. She said that her mother had requested to be moved and defended her mother\’s relocation, describing her mother as \”more than competent to make her own decisions.\”
\”My mother requested and my sister and I, as her children, complied to move her to another location during the COVID-19 outbreak. My mother is 95 years old. She is very intelligent and more than competent to make her own decisions.\”
According to Newsweek, outbreaks in Pennsylvania long-term care facilities make up nearly 70 percent of the state\’s coronavirus-related deaths and 21 percent of the state\’s positive cases of the virus.
After she was criticized for moving her mother she clarified that she was not in a nursing home, but rather a personal care home, which falls under the jurisdiction of the state Department of Human Services, a separate entity from the agency she served.
In Pennsylvania, a personal care home is legally differentiated from a nursing home or assisted living facility. All three are licensed by the state with the key difference being the level of care. According to the Department of Human Services, which regulates personal care homes, the facilities offer assistance for people who need help with daily tasks — such as bathing and doing laundry — but do not need medical care. They’re designed to allow residents to live with greater autonomy for long periods of time before eventually transitioning to more advanced care.
Is Dr. Rachel Levine a Man
Dr. Rachel Levine was born a man but has since transitioned and identifies as a woman.
Dr. Rachel Levine Transgender
Rachel was born a man but she transitioned and began identifying as a woman in 2011. According to the Washington Post, she started seeing a therapist in 2001 and at around 2008 she started to grow out her hair before publicly announcing herself as a transgender woman. She took voice lessons to sound more like a woman. Rachel, however, doesn\’t like to discuss whether she took hormones or had surgery as she calls it a private medical matter.
Dr. Rachel Levine Gender
Dr. Rachel identifies as a woman. On May 13, 2020 during a conference call KDKA radio host Marty Griffin repeatedly called her \’sir\’ to which Rachel responded; \”Please don\’t misgender me. It\’s really insulting.\”
Dr. Rachel Levine Wife
Rachel was previously married to Martha Peaslee Levine before she transitioned. The couple got married during Rachel\’s fourth year at Tulane Medical School. They divorced in 2013. Martha is an associate professor of pediatrics, psychiatry and humanities at Penn State Milton S Hershey Medical Center in Pennsylvania.
Dr. Rachel Levine Children
She has two children from his marriage to Martha; Dayna and David Levine.
Dr. Rachel Levine Husband
Rachel keeps her personal life private, there is no available information on whether she has a husband or not.
Dr. Rachel Levine Career
Levine completed her pediatrics training at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York, where she practiced from 1988 to 1993. She later developed an interest in the intersection of medical, mental and behavioral health issues – such as individuals with bulimia and anorexia. This saw her become the chief of the Division of Adolescent Medicine and Eating Disorders and vice chairwoman for Clinical Affairs for the Department of Pediatrics at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.
She also served as a doctor at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and served on the board of Equality Pennsylvania, an organization that lobbies for equal rights for people in the LGBT community.
Dr. Rachel Levine Physician General
Levine is a former Pennsylvania Physician\’s General. She was appointed by Governor Tom Wolf in 2015 making her the highest-ranked transgender woman in Pennsylvania state government history.
Dr. Rachel Levine PA Secretary of Health
Dr. Rachel is a former Pennsylvania Secretary of Health having being appointed in 2018. During her tenure, she had a few accomplishments as she saw falling overdose rates in some Pennsylvania counties to such efforts as making overdose reversal drugs like naloxone more available. More overdose survivors are getting treatment as a result of state-driven efforts.
In 2018 she issued a standing order allowing EMS to leave behind more than 620 doses of naloxone. Earlier 2020 she issued a standing order prescription for naloxone, allowing any Pennsylvanian to get the overdose reversal drug at a pharmacy for anyone who may need it.
Dr. Rachel Levine Assistant Secretary of Health
On January 19, 2020 Levine was appointed by President Joe Biden as the assistant secretary of health for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She was confirmed by the Senate in March 2021 by a vote of 58-42. This makes her the first openly transgender official to be confirmed by the Senate as well as the highest-ranking openly transgender official in U.S. history.
Her role is to coordinate the government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic along with many other public health efforts. She also oversees the U.S. Surgeon General.
Dr. Rachel Levine Military Service
Rachel was appointed to serve as head of the US Public Health Service Commissioned Corps on October 19, 2021 despite not having served in the military or any other branch of the armed forces before her role in the Uniformed Services of the United States. She is the first transgender four-star officer and also the organization\’s first female four-star officer.
Dr. Rachel Levine Salary
She earns an annual base salary of around $162,000 as the Assistant Secretary of Health for the US Department of Health.
Dr. Rachel Levine Net worth
Levine net worth is estimated to be $ 2 million.