As a pediatric endocrinologist and Medical Director of the Center for Bone Health at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), Michael A. Levine, MD, specializes in endocrine diseases that affect bone and mineral metabolism, particularly osteoporosis, primary hyperparathyroidism, hypoparathyroidism, rickets and genetic bone disease.
On Saturday, Sept. 29, Dr. Levine was honored with the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR) 2018 Frederic C. Bartter Award in Montréal.
“I would like to extend my sincere congratulations to Dr. Levine,” said Joseph St. Geme, MD, Physician-in-Chief at CHOP. “He is a world authority on metabolic bone diseases, and I am especially proud of his recent award, which reflects the many scientific breakthroughs that he has pioneered.”
Throughout his distinguished career, Dr. Levine has identified the molecular basis of several inherited disorders of mineral metabolism, including the role of the GNAS gene and associated mutations in patients with pseudohypoparathyroidism and McCune Albright syndrome, and the role of the GCM2 gene as the basis of isolated hypoparathyroidism.
Most recently, Dr. Levine has studied the molecular pathogenesis of unusual metabolic bone disorders to provide insights into the basis of more common bone diseases. This research elucidated the causes of various forms of rickets along with the revelation that genetic variation in some of these genes contributes to vitamin D insufficiency in North America and Europe.
Dr. Levine has published more than 250 manuscripts, chapters and reviews. He is a founding executive editor of the Journal of Clinical and Translational Science, an editor of the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Pediatric Endocrine Society.
In addition to his CHOP practice, Dr. Levine is a Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine (Medical Genetics) at the Perelman School of Medicine at The University of Pennsylvania. Prior to these appointments, he served for five years as Professor and Chair of Pediatrics at Lerner College of Medicine. Dr. Levine also served as Chief of the Division of Endocrinology and Diabetes at CHOP for 10 years.
Dr. Levine attended Drexel University College of Medicine and completed his residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he was on faculty for 20 years.