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Work experience

Aug 2012Present

Director of Pathology Informatics, Co-Director Pathology Residency Program

University of Illinois at Chicago

I am responsible for directing the informatics for the Department of Pathology.  I work with our hospital's Information Services department in managing the laboratory information systems and serve as a bridge between IS and Pathology.  I help to manage the department's requests and recommend projects to advance the practice of pathology and the mission of the medical center.  I am heavily involved with education, serving as co-director of the pathology residency program and working to implement informatics into the residency.  In partnership with several other departments I plan to develop a comprehensive clinical informatics fellowship program at UIC.  My specific research interests include digital imaging and image analysis of medical examiner images, the applications of collaborative technology to enhance medical practice, education and research, and researching education.

Jul 2011Jul 2012

Informatics Fellow

Partners Healthcare

Pathology informatics is the study and management of pathology information, information systems and processes. My main areas of focus are digital pathology/image analysis, informatics education and creating links between pathology informatics and clinical informatics

Jul 2010Jul 2011

Principal

JBB Forensics

I performed medical examiner expert witness testimony

Jun 1997Apr 2010

Chief Medical Examiner/CEO

Forensic Medical

I led a group of outstanding forensic professionals that managed death investigation systems as private contractors instead of government employees. I also served as the Chief Medical Examiner for the State of Tennessee and Metropolitan Nashville/Davidson County, investigating unnatural, suspicious or sudden unexpected deaths and led the state's death investigation system.

Jul 1992May 1997

City Medical Examiner

NYC Medical Examiner

I first completed my fellowship in forensic pathology and then served as a city medical exmainer. This included death investigation, forensic autopsies and testimony. I was very involved with education and helped open the Bronx Medical Examiner Office in 1993.

Education

Doctorate

New York Medical College
Sep 1978Jun 1982

Bachelor of Science

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Skills

Medical Education
Teaching is one of the joys of life.  I have been teaching ever since I was a teenager, going in during breaks to help my mother teach her elementary school class.  I established a fellowship in forensic pathology in Nashville in collaboration with Vanderbilt University Medical Center and served as the Program Director.  I worked to create a train-the-trainer program in Child Death Investigation for law enforcement and first responders.  I now serve as co-Director for the Pathology Residency Program at University of Illinois at Chicago and am one of the instructors in the medical school pathology course.  At UIC one of my education focuses is on informatics education in pathology and medicine.  I am developing an informatics curriculum within our pathology residency program.  In collaboration with others at UIC we are developing a Clinical Informatics Fellowship, and hope to include informatics education into our undergraduate medical education.
Medical Informatics
As a medical examiner and businessman, one area of focus was the application of informatics to the practice of forensics. I designed and developed multiple versions of a forensic information system that is now in use across the state of Tennessee. Our Forensic LIS introduced many new informatics tools and concepts to the work of medical examiners, including; web access, digital image and document integration, tracking security, population informatics, CPOE and automated results reporting. This led to my evolution into an informatician, and my attending a formal fellowship in informatics at MGH.  I am now Director of Informatics at UIC where I continue to push the envelope of what technology can do to enhance medicine.
Medical Adminstration
As a medical examiner, I was very involved with the management of the medical practice. I pioneered the complete privatization of medical examiner offices in Nashville Tennessee beginning in the 1990's. I applied the principles of change management and process improvement to transform the practice of the medical examiner.  I am now involved in the administration of a medical department in a major medical school/hospital and medical education.
Medical Examiner
I have worked full time as a medical examiner for nearly 20 years. I have performed thousands of autopsies and testified in criminal and civil trials hundreds of times. My areas of interest as a medical examiner included pediatric forensic pathology (both sudden natural deaths and violent deaths) and practice standards/office accreditation.

Certifications

1996Present

Anatomic and Clinical Pathology

American Board of Pathology
1996Present

Forensic Pathology

American Board of Pathology

Informatics and Forensics

Objective

To apply my skills in medicine, medical management and informatics to help evolve the growing field of health care informatics. I would also like to use informatics to help advance medical education as well as the practice of medical examiners and forensic medicine.

MGH is #1 in USA

What is a Medical Examiner?

The primary role of the medical examiner is the protection of the public's health and safety, with the emphasis on health. Despite what you may believe from the popular media, the medical examiner is not a detective who spends her or his time solving mysteries. Homicides make up a small percentage of the deaths investigated by the medical examiner. For example, in the Nashville, Tennessee Medical Examiner's Office, homicides typically made up fewer than 15% of the total case load.The majority of cases that are investigted by the medical examiner are natural deaths. These are the deaths that are sudden and unexpected, such as the ru[pture of a brain aneurysm (pretty rare) or sudden cardiac death (common). Even in 2012 sudden cardiac death (frequently referred to as a "heart attack") is a not unusual first presentation of coronary artery disease. All these natural deaths end up at the medical examiner or coroner's office.It is this work of the medical examiner that has provided invaluable knowledge and information about the nature of disease, how it causes death, and how it might be diagnosed and treated before it becomes fatal.So with respect for Quincy and all the TV medical examiners who followed him, we are not an arm of the police department out solving crimes and making arrests, but an invaluable tool in the arsenal of the public health department.

Summary

Bruce Levy, M.D is a triple board-certified pathologist and medical examiner with a strong interest in and experience with informatics and the management of the practice of medicine.He pioneered in the privatization of medical examiner offices and the application of medical management, workflow process improvement and clinical informatics to forensic medicine.

Dr. Bruce Levy is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and New York Medical College. He completed postgraduate training at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, New York City Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, and Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School. He is board certified by the American Board of Pathology in anatomic pathology, clinical pathology and forensic pathology, and is looking forward to taking the clinical informatics boards as soon as they become available. Dr. Levy studied healthcare management at the Owen School of Graduate Management of Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN) and the American College of Physician Executives.

Dr. Bruce Levy worked as a Medical Examiner in New York City and Nashville, Tennessee. In Nashville, Dr. Levy used the techniques of change management, workflow analysis and process improvement, transforming a medical examiner office in crisis into a first-rate nationally accredited office. Dr. Levy proved that his model to privatize a medical examiner office is a superior alternative to the typical government-based medical examiner’s office.

Dr. Bruce Levy has also had a strong interest in education. He established close teaching relationships between the Nashville Medical Examiner and both Vanderbilt University Medical School and Meharry Medical College. He successfully obtained approval from the ACGME to start Nashville’s first forensic fellowship, and he personally trained many physicians in forensic medicine and pathology. In addition to doctors, Dr. Levy has taught other allied health professionals, attorneys, law enforcement and college students in the principles of medical examiner work and death investigation.

Dr. Levy is now applying himself in the area of Informatics at the University of Illinois at Chicago as its first Director of Pathology Informatics.  He is currently involved with the applications of digital imaging and image analysis to the practice of medicine, the implementation of Computerized Provider Order Entry (CPOE), and the inclusion of informatics into undergraduate and graduate medical education.