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Robert L. Levy Professorship in Cardiology

The Robert L. Levy Professorship is the original endowed professorship in Cardiology.  It was established in 1975 thanks to a bequest gift from the estate of DR. ROBERT L. LEVY, a member of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine Class of 1913.  Dr. Levy served his residency at Hopkins and went on to become one of the most prominent cardiologists in New York City, serving as the director of cardiology at Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital from 1925 to 1954 and as a clinical professor of medicine at Columbia University. He also served twice as the president of the New York Academy of Medicine and as president of the New York Heart Association. A captain in the Medical Corps during World War I, he toured Army camps in France at the time of an influenza epidemic. In World War II, he was a consultant in cardiology to the Secretary of War. He received the Selective Service Medal for his review and study of 1,000 registrants rejected for military service because of cardiovascular conditions.