BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — A major “get” has been announced by Boca Raton Regional Hospital for its new Marcus Neuroscience Institute.
Officials at Boca Raton Regional Hospital today announced that Robert Levy, MD, PhD, has been chosen to serve as Director for the organization’s new, $42 million Marcus Neuroscience Institute. Dr. Levy’s hiring comes after an extensive national search to secure leadership for what will be a state-of-the art nexus of care for neurologic and neurosurgical patients in South Florida.
“We are extremely gratified to have a clinician and academician the caliber of Dr. Levy lead the Institute,” said Jerry Fedele, President and CEO at Boca Raton Regional Hospital. “His talents, credentials and accomplishments are recognized internationally and tailor-made for this important position within our organization.”
Dr. Levy currently serves as Professor and Chairman of Neurological Surgery at the University of Florida College of Medicine in Jacksonville and Co-Director of the UF Health Jacksonville Neuroscience Institute.
A prolific researcher, Dr. Levy has authored and co-authored 3 books and over 200 peer-reviewed articles in such prestigious publications as The New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of Neurosurgery and Annals of Neurology. He has presented at hisspecialties’ most important annual meetings and symposia including the Society for Neuroscience, Radiological Society of North America, Congress of Neurological Surgeons and American Association of Neurological Surgeons.
A graduate of Northwestern University where he was Phi Beta Kappa, Dr. Levy earned both his medical and doctor of philosophy degrees from Stanford University. He performed his internship at Stanford University Medical Center. Dr. Levy was then a postgraduate research surgeon and resident in the Department of Neurological Surgery at the University of California, San Francisco. He served as chief resident of Neurological Surgery at San Francisco General Hospital, the University of California, San Francisco and the San Francisco Veterans Administration Medical Center.
Dr. Levy has been the recipient of multiple honors and awards. He is listed as one of the “Best Doctors in America” and in Marquis Who’s Who in Science and Engineering®.
“Dr. Levy brings to the position impeccable credentials as a surgeon, scientist, teacher and leader,” commented Charles Posternack, MD, and Chief Medical Officer at Boca Regional. “This amalgam of skills will be vitally important as we establish the MarcusNeuroscience Institute as one of the most advanced sites in the nation for the care of patients, the preparation of tomorrow’s practitioners and the discovery of new therapies in the neurosciences.
Scheduled for completion in April of 2014, the Marcus Neuroscience Institute was created through a core gift of $25 million initiated by Bernie Marcus, Chairman of the Marcus Foundation and co-founder and former CEO of The Home Depot, and his wife Billi. The 56,000 square-foot facility will house a 22-bed Neuro Intensive Care Unit, the most advanced technology available in medicine today – including intra-operative MRI and CT scanners, Flash CT and a Biplane Angiography Suite – as well as a robust clinical research component that will collaborate extensively with scientists at Florida Atlantic University.
“The goal of our gift to Boca Regional was to meld the best in physician skill with the finest technology in a marvelous facility and create a nationally recognized center of excellence in the neurosciences,” said Mr. Marcus. “I believe now, with the addition of Dr. Levy, the Marcus Neuroscience Institute will be positioned to deliver the quality of care that we all want for ourselves and our loved ones.”
In addition to a focus on neuro-oncology, the Marcus Neuroscience Institute will also emphasize programs for movement disorders, chronic pain, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis and Alzheimer’s disease.
“The potential of the Marcus Neuroscience Institute to make a marked difference in both the treatment of neurological disease and our understanding of its causes cannot be understated,” said Dr. Levy. “I look forward with great anticipation to being part of a team that will change the landscape of neurological and neurosurgical care in South Florida.”
Dr. Levy will join Boca Raton Regional Hospital on February 1, 2014.