In October of 2013, the American Psychiatric Association welcomed Saul Levin, M.D.,M.P.A. as its new CEO and Medical Director. With a background in public health focusing on population health (primary care, mental healt hand substance use disorders) and health disparities,administrative experience in federal and state government, and private-sector experience, Dr. Levin brings tested talent to the challenges of health care reform, integrated care, and membership association leadership.
Dr. Levin was born and educated in South Africa receiving his medical degree from Witwatersrand University in Johannesburg. He trained in psychiatry at the University of California, Davisand received his Masters of Public Administration from Harvard University.
Previous positions held by Dr. Levin include the head of the Department of Health for Washington,DC and the Vice President of Science,Medicine and Public Health at the American Medical Association. He also previously served as the CEO and president of Medical Education for South African Blacks, a nonprofit anti-apartheid medical educational foundation that for 22 years helped provide over 11,000 scholarships to disadvantaged black students in his native country so that they could enter into the health and medical sciences in universities and technical colleges.
One of Dr. Levin’s most important goals as the APA CEO and Medical Director is to establish greater collaboration among psychiatrists, physicians and other professionals and encourage international partnerships around mental health and other health practice and policies. He believes the field of psychiatry can better address the growing burden of mental disorders worldwide by connecting and learning from one another on how to best address unmet health needs and provide culturally-competent care.The actions of the late Nelson Mandela to end discrimination resonate strongly with Dr. Levin,as well as psychiatrists around the world, as issues of stigma, patient rights, and quality care become paramount to the discussion to improve mental health care.
Dr. Saul Levin
Dr. Levin looks forward to attending the upcoming World Congress of Psychiatry in Madrid, Spain and welcome sall international attendees to the American Psychiatric Association’s 167th Annual Meeting being held in New York, New York on May 3-7 themed “Changing the Practice and Perception of Psychiatry”.