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Fox Chase Cancer Center Doctor Named President of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine

PHILADELPHIA (March 4, 1999) -- Fox Chase Cancer Center's Michael H. Levy, M.D., Ph.D., of Voorhees, N.J., has been elected president of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM) and has begun serving his term. Dr. Levy is the director of the Supportive Oncology Program at Fox Chase Cancer Center and an assistant professor of medicine at Temple University.

While at Fox Chase, Dr. Levy developed and is the medical director of the Palliative Care Service at the Center. He also founded and is the director of the Pain Management Center at Fox Chase. Levy chairs the Fox Chase Medical Ethics Committee and was a peer reviewer for the Agency for Health-Care Policy and Research guidelines for management of cancer pain. He helped form the Pennsylvania Cancer Pain Initiative and served on its steering committee. Dr. Levy is the oncology advisor for the Board of the Greater Pennsylvania Pain Society. In October 1996, the New England Journal of Medicine selected Levy to as the author of its review of the pharmacologic treatment of cancer pain.

Levy served on the American Society of Clinical Oncology's (ASCO) Ad Hoc Committee on Pain and is now on ASCO's Task Force on Cancer Care at the End-of-Life. Levy is also a member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network's panels for guidelines on anti-emesis, psychosocial distress and cancer pain and is the co-chairperson of its Supportive and Palliative Care Task Force. He is currently an advisor and trainer for the American Medical Association's (AMA) Education of Physicians on End-of-Life Care Project.

Levy was the only physician on the board of directors of the National Hospice Organization (NHO) during his six-year term from 1983 to 1989. He also served as Chairperson of NHO's Ethics Committee from 1990 to 1992. He was selected as the NHO Person of the Year in 1992 for his leadership in cancer pain management and the ethical opposition to the legalization of physician-assisted suicide. Levy is a member of the editorial board of both The Hospice Journal and The Journal of Palliative Medicine.

Levy joined the AAHPM Board of Directors in 1990 and has served as its secretary and president-elect. Founded in 1988, the AAHPM is the professional membership organization that serves and represents physicians involved in hospice and palliative medicine. With over 1500 members, representing more than 35 medical specialties, the AAHPM promotes the principles and practice of palliative medicine through professional education, public policy, and patient advocacy. The AAHPM national office is located at 11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 8, Reston, Va. 20190-5202, telephone: 703-787-7718, fax: 703-435-4390, web page:, e-mail:

Levy is a native of Wilmington, Delaware. He is the son of Dr. and Mrs. Leon Levy and graduated from John Dickinson High School. He lives in Voorhees, N.J., with his wife, Phyllis Savar Levy, and their two children, Robert and Lauren.

Levy received his B.A. in biology, cum laude, at the University of Pennsylvania and both his M.D. and his Ph.D. in microbiology at Thomas Jefferson University. He began his internal medicine residency at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York City. He completed his internal medicine residency and his fellowship in hematology and oncology at the University of Pennsylvania.

Fox Chase Cancer Center is one of 35 National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer centers in the nation. The Center's activities include basic and clinical research; prevention, detection and treatment of cancer; and community outreach programs.

Fox Chase Cancer Center, part of the Temple University Health System, is one of the leading cancer research and treatment centers in the United States. Founded in 1904 in Philadelphia as one of the nation’s first cancer hospitals, Fox Chase was also among the first institutions to be designated a National Cancer Institute Comprehensive Cancer Center in 1974. Fox Chase researchers have won the highest awards in their fields, including two Nobel Prizes. Fox Chase physicians are also routinely recognized in national rankings, and the Center’s nursing program has received the Magnet recognition for excellence four consecutive times. Today, Fox Chase conducts a broad array of nationally competitive basic, translational, and clinical research, with special programs in cancer prevention, detection, survivorship, and community outreach.  For more information, call 1-888-FOX CHASE or (1-888-369-2427).

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