|17th Assistant Secretary for Health|
|Assumed office |
March 26, 2021
|Preceded by||Brett Giroir|
|Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Health|
July 2017 – January 23, 2021
|Preceded by||Karen Murphy|
|Succeeded by||Alison Beam (acting)|
|Born||October 28, 1957|
|Education||Harvard University (BS)|
Tulane University (MD)
Rachel Leland Levine (/ləˈviːn/; born October 28, 1957) is an American pediatrician who has been the United States assistant secretary for health since March 26, 2021. She is a professor of pediatrics and psychiatry at the Penn State College of Medicine, and previously served as the Pennsylvania physician general from 2015 to 2017, then as secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Health from 2017 to 2021. Levine is one of only a few openly transgender government officials in the United States, and is the first to hold an office that requires Senate confirmation.
Levine was born on October 28, 1957, and is originally from Wakefield, Massachusetts. Levine is Jewish and grew up attending Hebrew school. Levine earned a high school diploma from Belmont Hill School in Belmont, Massachusetts.
Levine graduated from Harvard College and the Tulane University School of Medicine and completed a residency in pediatrics and fellowship in adolescent medicine at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in Manhattan, New York.
Levine has two children, David and Dayna. She transitioned in 2011. Levine and her ex-wife, Martha Peaslee Levine, divorced in 2013. She has served as a board member of Equality Pennsylvania, an LGBT rights organization.
Levine had a fellowship at New York City's Mount Sinai Hospital from 1988 to 1993 where she trained in pediatrics. After moving from Manhattan to central Pennsylvania in 1993, she joined the staff at Penn State Hershey Medical Center. During her tenure there, she created Penn State Hershey Medical Center's adolescent medicine division and eating disorders clinic. She was in charge of the latter when she was nominated for the position of Pennsylvania Physician General in 2015.
In 2015, Levine was nominated by Pennsylvania Governor-elect Tom Wolf to be Pennsylvania's Physician General. In her capacity as Physician General, Levine signed an order that allowed law enforcement officers to carry the anti-overdose medication naloxone. She has credited the drug with saving the lives of almost 1,000 opioid users who had overdosed. She served as Physician General until 2017.
In July 2017, Governor Wolf appointed Levine as Secretary of Health, and she was unanimously confirmed by the Pennsylvania State Senate.
During 2020 and until January 23, 2021, Levine led the public health response on COVID-19 in Pennsylvania as the state secretary of health. She worked closely on a daily basis with the FEMA director and led a daily press briefing.
On February 13, 2021, President Joe Biden formally nominated Levine to be assistant secretary for health. Her confirmation hearing was on February 25 with the Senate HELP Committee. On March 17, the committee voted 13–9 to advance the nomination to a full Senate vote. On March 24, the Senate voted 52–48, with two Republicans joining all members of the Democratic caucus, to confirm her nomination. She is the first openly transgender person to hold an office that requires Senate confirmation; earlier transgender federal officials like Amanda Simpson held offices which did not require Senate confirmation.
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