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Warren Levinson, MD, PhD Honored in Laboratory Naming Ceremony

Published: 05/25/2016

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Warren Levinson, MD, PhD (center) with Anthony DeFranco, PhD (left) and Department Chair Lewis Lanier, PhD (right) celebrate the naming of the Warren Levinson Microbiology Teaching Laboratory.

On April 25, the Department of Microbiology and Immunology held a ceremony and reception to thank Warren Levinson, MD, PhD, for his 49 years of exceptional teaching. In his honor, the new microbiology teaching labs in the Ambulatory Care Center building on Parnassus (400 Parnassus Avenue, room AC-34) will be named the “Warren Levinson Microbiology Teaching Laboratory.”

The department faculty sought to honor Dr. Levinson’s outstanding contributions to the UCSF medical teaching mission over a half a century. On behalf of the department, Chair Lewis Lanier, PhD said: “Medical school teaching has been Warren’s passion for his entire career and in tribute to his dedication and excellence we would like to acknowledge our appreciation for our faculty member who has set a sterling example to the UCSF Medical School community in this capacity.”

A recipient of over 25 teaching awards, Dr. Levinson joined the School of Medicine faculty in 1967. He is an active emeritus professor who continues to teach medical microbiology today with high evaluations from medical students. Dr. Levinson’s many UCSF medical school education honors include being an 18-time recipient of the Outstanding Faculty Award from the Graduating Class and a two-time recipient of the Most Inspirational Teacher Award from the Second Year Class. He is the author of Medical Microbiology and Immunology, which is currently in its 13th edition.

Dr. Levinson received an MD from University of Buffalo and a PhD from University of California, Berkeley and completed a post-doc at University College, London. In addition to his dedicated UCSF service, he served as a flight surgeon for the US Navy (1958-60) and was a Fulbright Scholar in India (1973-74) and a City Council member (1990-97) and mayor (1992-93) of Mill Valley, where he resides.