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Ben Levine, M.D.
Ben Levine, M.D.

Ben Levine, M.D.

  • Clinical Heart Center
  • Distinguished Professorship in Exercise Sciences
  • Internal Medicine - Cardiology
  • Sports Cardiology
  • General Cardiology

Biography

Dr. Levine is the founder and Director of the Institute for Exercise and Environmental Medicine (IEEM) at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas where he also holds the S. Finley Ewing Chair for Wellness and the Harry S. Moss Heart Chair for Cardiovascular Research. He is Professor of Internal Medicine/Cardiology and Distinguished Professor of Exercise Sciences at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. Dr. Levine earned his B.A. magna cum laude in human biology from Brown University and his M.D. from Harvard Medical School. He completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at Stanford University Medical Center followed by a cardiology fellowship at UT Southwestern where he trained under the renowned cardiovascular physiologists Gunnar Blomqivst, M.D. and Jere Mitchell, M.D. Dr. Levine founded the IEEM in 1992 which has become one of the premier laboratories in the world for the study of human clinical and integrative physiology.His global research interests center on the adaptive capacity of the circulation in response to exercise training, deconditioning, aging, and environmental stimuli such as spaceflight and high altitude. A Henry Luce Foundation and Fulbright Scholar, he received the Peter van Handel Award from the United States Olympic Committee (for outstanding research), the Research Award from the Wilderness Medical Society, the Honor Award from the Texas Chapter of American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), and the Citation Award from the National ACSM for his body of work. A consummate clinician and teacher as well as a scholar, he was elected to the Association of University Cardiologists, the American Association of Physicians, received the Michael J. Joyner International Teaching Award from the Danish Cardiovascular Research Academy, and has been selected as one of the “Best Doctors” for cardiovascular medicine in Dallas and America multiple times by his peers.

Dr. Levine is a renowned sports cardiologist who sees athletes with cardiovascular medical problems from around the world and serves as a consultant to the NCAA, the NHL, the NFL, the USOC, USA Track and Field, and other athletic organizations. He has been a key contributor to the guidelines for the management of athletes with heart disease since 1994. Dr. Levine also has a unique background in space medicine, serving as a co-investigator on 4 Spacelab missions (SLS-1, SLS-2, D-2 and Neurolab), the MIR space station, and recently was the PI of a large cardiovascular experiment on the International Space Station (ISS), called the “ICV”. He was also awarded by NASA the “most Compelling Results from the ISS” in 2013.  He has a long, sustained track record of funding by the NIH, NASA and the National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI), for which he became Team Leader of the Cardiovascular Section in 2007 and he currently advises NASA’s flight surgeons on cardiovascular medical issues. His work with astronauts has translated into one of his other areas of clinical expertise, namely patients with syncope (fainting) and orthostatic intolerance (the inability to stand up and withstand the effects of gravity on Earth).

Dr. Levine has published > 300 peer-reviewed journal articles, reviews, book chapters, and technical papers, and is currently serving on the editorial boards of numerous journals, Dr. Levine is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), American Heart Association, the American College of Cardiology, and the Cardiovascular Section of the American Physiological Society; he served as VP and member of the Board of Trustees of ACSM, and as a member of the Board of Directors of the American Autonomic Society.

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Education & Training
  • Fellowship - UT Southwestern Medical Center (1989), Cardiology
  • Fellowship - Shinshu University School of Medicine (1986), Environmental Physiology
  • Residency - Stanford University (1985), Internal Medicine
  • Internship - Stanford University (1983), Internal Medicine
  • Medical School - Harvard Medical School (1982)
Professional Associations & Affiliations
  • American College of Cardiology (1991), Fellow
  • American College of Sports Medicine (1995), Fellow
  • Association of University Cardiologists (1997), Fellow
  • American Physiological Society, Cardiovascular Section (2013), Member
  • Association of American Physicians (2014), Member
  • American Heart Association (2015), Member
Honors & Awards
  • Michael J. Joyner Teaching Award (2006), Royal Danish Academy of Cardiovascular Sciences
  • Citation Award (2007), American College of Sports Medicine
  • Distinguished Professorship in Exercise Sciences (2009), UT Southwestern Medical Center
  • President's Lecture (2012), UT Southwestern Medical Center
  • Most Compelling Results (2013), NASA
  • Invited Speaker (2014), D.B. Dill Historical Lecture, ACSM Conference
  • Best Doctors in America (2006), Voted by Peers in Best Doctors, Inc.
Books & Publications
Research
  • High Altitude Research
  • Cerebral Flow and Syncope (Fainting)
  • Cardiovascular Response to Exercise Training
  • Bedrest and Spaceflight
  • Aging and Heart Failure with Preserved Ejection Fraction (HFpEF)

Clinical Focus

  • Sports Cardiology
  • General Cardiology

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