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Marissa Levine, M.D., MPH


State Health Commissioner

Dr. Marissa Levine was appointed interim Virginia State Health Commissioner by Governor Terry McAuliffe effective February 1, 2014. Dr. Levine previously held the positions of Chief Deputy Commissioner for Public Health and Preparedness and Deputy Commissioner for Public Health and Preparedness since February 2009.   Prior to this role, Dr. Levine directed local health departments in two districts within Virginia since 2002.   Dr. Levine is a board-certified family physician who also received a Masters of Public Health (MPH) degree from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.  She received her MD from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, NY and completed family practice residency training at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.  Dr. Levine started her career in private medical practice in Pennsylvania.  She subsequently joined the staff of an academic medical center and became the director of a family practice residency training program in northwestern Pennsylvania.  While in Pennsylvania, Dr. Levine was also very involved in community health improvement efforts and was a member of the local board of health.

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