- Internship - Stanford University (1982-1983), Internal Medicine
- Fellowship - Shinshu University School of Medicine (1985-1986), Environmental Physiology
- Fellowship - UT Southwestern Medical Center (1987-1989), Cardiology
- Medical School - Harvard Medical School (1978-1982)
- Residency - Stanford University (1983-1985), Internal Medicine
Ben Levine, M.D.
- Distinguished Professorship in Exercise Sciences
- Internal Medicine - Cardiology
- General Cardiology
- Sports Cardiology
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.
- Association of University Cardiologists (1997), Fellow
- American Heart Association (2015), Member
- American College of Cardiology (1991), Fellow
- American College of Sports Medicine (1995), Fellow
- American Physiological Society, Cardiovascular Section (2013), Member
- Association of American Physicians (2014), Member
- Citation Award 2007, American College of Sports Medicine
- Best Doctors in America 2006, Voted by Peers in Best Doctors, Inc.
- Michael J. Joyner Teaching Award 2006, Royal Danish Academy of Cardiovascular Sciences
- President's Lecture 2012, UT Southwestern Medical Center
- Most Compelling Results 2013, NASA
- Distinguished Professorship in Exercise Sciences 2009, UT Southwestern Medical Center
- Invited Speaker 2014, D.B. Dill Historical Lecture, ACSM Conference
Exercise and the autonomic nervous system in Handbook of Clinical Neurology, Volume 117 (3rd series)
Fu Q and Levine BD (2013)
Wilderness Cardiology in Wilderness Medicine, 6th Ed.
Baggish A and Levine BD (2011), Elsevier
Physiologic and Molecular Responses of the Heart to Chronic Exercise in Fundamental Biology and Mechanisms of Disease, 1st Ed.
Levine BD, Buttrick P (2012), Academic Press, Elsevier, Inc.
Exercise Prescription and Medical Considerations in ACSM's Resource Manual for Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription, 6th Ed.
Hastings J, Levine BD (2010), Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
- Exercise and the autonomic nervous system in Handbook of Clinical Neurology, Volume 117 (3rd series)
Effect of aging and physical activity on left ventricular compliance.
Arbab-Zadeh A, Dijk E, Prasad A, Fu Q, Torres P, Zhang R, Thomas JD, Palmer D, Levine BD Circulation 2004 Sep 110 13 1799-805
"Living high-training low": effect of moderate-altitude acclimatization with low-altitude training on performance.
Levine BD, Stray-Gundersen J Journal of applied physiology (Bethesda, Md. : 1985) 1997 Jul 83 1 102-12
Effect of rowing ergometry and oral volume loading on cardiovascular structure and function during bed rest.
Hastings JL, Krainski F, Snell PG, Pacini EL, Jain M, Bhella PS, Shibata S, Fu Q, Palmer MD, Levine BD Journal of applied physiology (Bethesda, Md. : 1985) 2012 May 112 10 1735-43
Cardiac output and sympathetic vasoconstrictor responses during upright tilt to presyncope in healthy humans.
Fu Q, Verheyden B, Wieling W, Levine BD The Journal of physiology 2012 Apr 590 Pt 8 1839-48
Impact of lifelong exercise "dose" on left ventricular compliance and distensibility.
Bhella PS, Hastings JL, Fujimoto N, Shibata S, Carrick-Ranson G, Palmer MD, Boyd KN, Adams-Huet B, Levine BD Journal of the American College of Cardiology 2014 Sep 64 12 1257-66
Cardiovascular effects of 1 year of progressive endurance exercise training in patients with heart failure with preserved ejection fraction.
Fujimoto N, Prasad A, Hastings JL, Bhella PS, Shibata S, Palmer D, Levine BD American heart journal 2012 Dec 164 6 869-77
Cardiovascular effects of 1 year of progressive and vigorous exercise training in previously sedentary individuals older than 65 years of age.
Fujimoto N, Prasad A, Hastings JL, Arbab-Zadeh A, Bhella PS, Shibata S, Palmer D, Levine BD Circulation 2010 Nov 122 18 1797-805
Dexamethasone in the treatment of acute mountain sickness.
Levine BD, Yoshimura K, Kobayashi T, Fukushima M, Shibamoto T, Ueda G The New England journal of medicine 1989 Dec 321 25 1707-13
Transfer function analysis of dynamic cerebral autoregulation in humans.
Zhang R, Zuckerman JH, Giller CA, Levine BD The American journal of physiology 1998 Jan 274 1 Pt 2 H233-41
Cardiac origins of the postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome.
Fu Q, Vangundy TB, Galbreath MM, Shibata S, Jain M, Hastings JL, Bhella PS, Levine BD Journal of the American College of Cardiology 2010 Jun 55 25 2858-68
- Effect of aging and physical activity on left ventricular compliance.
- High Altitude Research
- Cerebral Flow and Syncope (Fainting)
- Aging and Heart Failure with Preserved Ejection Fraction (HFpEF)
- Bedrest and Spaceflight
- Cardiovascular Response to Exercise Training
- General Cardiology
- Sports Cardiology