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Robert J. Levy, MD
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Director, Cardiology Research

Dr. Levy is the director of Cardiology Research, and also serves as program director of the Cardiology National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) Research Training Grant. His research interests are the pathophysiology of biomaterials used in medicine, basic mechanisms and novel therapies for heart valve disease, arterial angioplasty, local drug delivery, and nanomedicine. He also has experience over three decades in medical device development.



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Dr. Levy is the section chief for research in the Division of Cardiology at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. He has served as the program director for the past 20 years of a NHLBI T32 Research Training Grant, and has been the personal mentor to more than 50 postdoctoral trainees.

For the past thirty years Dr. Levy’s research interests have been concerned with the pathophysiology of biomaterials used in medicine. His bioprosthetic heart valve research has investigated the failure mechanisms of biomaterials used in these devices. His other research programs have addressed both basic mechanisms and novel therapies concerning heart valve disease, arterial angioplasty, local drug delivery, and innovative directions for nanomedicine.

In addition, Dr. Levy has had extensive experience over three decades concerning medical device development related to both pediatric and adult clinical indications. Related to this, he is the principal investigator of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Pennsylvania Pediatric Medical Device Consortium at CHOP.

In addition, to his numerous awards, some of Dr. Levy’s notable career achievement include:

  • Serving as program director, NHLBI SCCOR Program at CHOP
  • Serving as the founding program director, CHOP NHLBI T32 renewed through year 25
  • Receiving continuous National Institutes of Health funding since 1978

Education and Training

BA, Washington University (Chemistry), 1966

MD, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 1970

Titles and Academic Titles

Director, Cardiology Research

William J. Rashkind Endowed Chair in Pediatric Cardiology

Professor of Pediatrics

Professor of Pharmacology

Professional Awards

Young Investigator Award, American Academy of Pediatrics, for Pediatric Cardiology, 1983

Established Investigator, American Heart Association, 1986

Ebert Prize, American Pharmaceutical Association, 1988

Clemson Award, Society for Biomaterials, 1992

Forchheimer Sabbatical Professor, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 1995

Luigi Mastroianni Clinical Innovator Award, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, 2002

Best Early Stage Company, Vascular Magnetics, Inc. (R. Levy Founder), Life Sciences Awards, Philadelphia Business Journal, 2012

Faculty Mentor Award, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, 2016

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