• Senior Vice Chancellor for the Health Sciences and John and Gertrude Petersen Dean of the School of Medicine


Arthur Levine became Senior Vice Chancellor for the Health Sciences and Dean of the School of Medicine in 1998. In 2013, he was named the John and Gertrude Petersen Dean of Medicine. He is also a Professor of Medicine and Molecular Genetics. 

The faculty of the University of Pittsburgh ranks fifth nationally in NIH research funding, and Levine has been instrumental in fostering the University’s remarkable research trajectory. He has focused his priorities on studies that exploit the vast amount of data emerging from the human genome project and on the newly emerging and powerful technologies that enable us to visualize the three-dimensional structures, locations, and interactions of the proteins encoded by genes as they exist at particular times in particular cells. With respect to education, Levine has initiated new mechanisms designed to enhance the recruitment and retention of talented students and trainees with the goal of helping to reverse the precipitous decline across the nation in the numbers of young physicians and other health science students embarking upon substantive careers in research and education.

Beyond his University responsibilities, Levine works closely with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), one of the largest academic medical centers in the United States, to ensure that health care delivery, biomedical research, and education—the three legs of the “classic academic stool” – remain equally strong and well positioned for future growth. Prior to his leadership appointment at the University of Pittsburgh in 1998, Levine served at the National Institutes of Health for more than three decades, having joined the National Cancer Institute in 1967. From 1982 to 1998, he was the Scientific Director of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, widely recognized as one of the world’s leading centers in developmental biology. Levine, who has authored or co-authored more than 250 scientific publications, has been widely recognized for his achievements. He has chaired numerous national and international scientific meetings, been elected to membership in a number of the leading research societies and has held visiting professorships and distinguished lectureships at many universities here and abroad. 

Levine is a graduate of Columbia College, where he majored in comparative literature and edited The Columbia Review. In 1964, he received his MD from the Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science (formerly the Chicago Medical School).