Chief Resident Reunion Honors Rush Mentor, Medical Pioneer

Thursday, April 13, 2017

On April 5, 2017, the Department of Medicine at Rush held an internal medicine chief resident reunion, celebrating the legacy of Stuart Levin, MD (pictured left). Appointed Rush’s first-ever Section of Infectious Diseases director in 1969, Levin was the program director of Internal Medicine Residency at Rush for more than 15 years, before becoming the chair of the Department of Internal Medicine from 1991 until his retirement in 2012. 

The event recognized all he had accomplished for the institution during his 43-year Rush career, while the department presented him with an award in appreciation of his outstanding teaching, mentoring and love for chief residents. More than 75 past, current and future chief residents came together to honor Levin, with more than 130 total attendees whose lives were impacted by his Rush legacy.

An early pioneer and advocate of social issues and inclusiveness at Rush, Levin’s unwavering character was just as heavily praised by program directors and others who spoke to his ability to build such a welcoming environment for all he encountered. Current leaders Larry Goodman, MD, CEO of Rush University Medical Center, and Jochen Reiser, MD, PhD, chairperson of the Department of Internal Medicine, spoke of the personal impact Levin had on their own careers at Rush. 

“Without a doubt, the overarching theme of the event was really the sense of family he always created, and how he always treated people, patients, chief residents and colleagues as if they were his own family — and still does,” said Richard Abrams, MD, associate program director of Internal Medicine Residency at Rush (pictured above at right with Levin).

Join the Rush family in carrying forward Levin’s legacy through donations to the Stuart Levin, MD, Presidential Chair of Rush University.

View photos of the event and learn more about Dr. Levin’s history at Rush.