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Brian A. Levine M.D., M.S. (born December 3, 1979) is the creator of MDNet, an innovative program that created the first free mobile phone networks for physicians and healthcare workers in the developing world. He is currently a clinical fellow in reproductive endocrinology and infertility at The Ronald O. Perelman & Claudia Cohen Center for Reproductive Medicine at the Weill Cornell Medical College/NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital.[1] Levine, a native of Babylon, New York received his Bachelor of Science from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences of Cornell University in 2002; his Master of Science in Biology from the Graduate School of Arts and Science of New York University in 2003; his Medical Degree from NYU School of Medicine of New York University in 2008.[2] Dr. Levine completed his residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Sloane Hospital for Women at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University in 2012.[3] Dr. Levine is a member of New York University's Board of Trustees.[4]

Social Venture- MDNet Edit

Dr. Levine was a member of the inaugural class of the NYU Catherine B. Reynolds Program for Social Entrepreneurship while a medical student at the NYU School of Medicine.[5] During his tenure, Brian created a novel technology-based social venture in Ghana. MDNet is a communications network designed to facilitate easy contact among doctors and medical professionals in hard-to-serve regions of the developing world.[6] With an estimated two thousand physicians serving a population of nearly 24 million inhabitants, Dr. Levine believed that there had to be a reliable communication system for conducting consultations and referring patients. With support from New York University and in collaboration with Ghana Telecom (now Vodafone Ghana) and Switchboard (a US-based non-profit-making organization) the Ghana Medical Association (GMA) launched the Mobile Doctors Network (MDNet)/Medicareline programme (MDNet here forward) in Ghana in 2008. This system is still in place and provides free mobile-to-mobile voice and text services to all the physicians in Ghana currently registered with the Association.[7] Since 2008 MDNet has been administered through through Switchboard who has expanded the project to Liberia and Tanzania. To date, over 2,000,000 phone calls have been logged, all 2,200 doctors in Ghana participate, all 181 doctors in Liberia participate, and more than 9,000 health works in Tanzania are registered participants.[8][9]

Social Venture- SmartTrack Edit

While a medical student, Dr. Levine was also the recipient of a Microsoft Research Grant in the Division of Health and Wellbeing.[10] In collaboration with NYU Computer Science, NYU School of Medicine, Leap of Faith Technologies, Korlebu Teaching Hospital and the West Africa AIDS Foundation in Ghana, Dr. Levine and his team helped create SmartTrack, a low-cost and sustainable mHealth platform that enables a wide range of cost-effective mobile healthcare solutions for rural developing regions on low-end mobile devices.[11] In SmartTrack's first implementation, it was used as part of a field-user study of 500+ AIDS patients across Ghana. The preliminary results of this study subsequently led to the development of a pharmaco-vigilance system currently being deployed at Korlebu Hospital in Ghana.[12][13]

Awards Edit

International Scientific Award, Japan Society of Obstetrics & Gynecology.[14]
Employee of the Month, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital.[15]
Physician of the Year, Nursing Service of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital.[16]
Excellence in Teaching Award as Recognized by the Students of Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.[15]
Arthur Zitrin Award in Bioethics.[15]
Endocrine Society Student Achievement Award.[15]
Joseph E. Constantine Award in Obstetrics and Gynecology.[15]
George Sadowsky Prize for Exemplary Innovation Using the Internet for Community Service.[15]

Personal life Edit

Brian Levine married Alexis Kay on September 29, 2012.[17] The couple reside in Manhattan.

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