Rachel Levine, Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services

Rachel Levine

Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services

Rachel Leland Levine was born in October 1957 in Wakefield, Massachusetts. Levine earned an undergraduate degree from Harvard College and received an M.D. from Tulane University School of Medicine. Levine completed a pediatrics residency and received a postdoctoral fellowship in adolescent medicine at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in Manhattan, New York. 

Dr. Levine joined the faculty at Penn State College of Medicine and the staff at Penn State Hershey Medical Center. Levine was later nominated by the Pennsylvania governor to be the state’s physician general and confirmed by the Pennsylvania Senate. Levine would later become Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Health, serving four years. 

President Biden nominated Levine to be Assistant Secretary of Health in the Department of Health and Human Services. In that position, Levine serves the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps with the rank of Admiral. 

Levine has two children with ex-wife Martha Levine. Levine transitioned from male to female in 2011. Levine is Jewish. 

In the News…

Dr. Rachel Levine, the Assistant Secretary for Health in the Department of Health and Humans Services, recently addressed doctors at the University of Pittsburgh’s Department of Pediatrics.

Assistant Secretary Levine, “I encourage all of you to think of yourselves as ambassadors to your communities, ambassadors for science, ambassadors for compassion, and ambassadors for care.”

The HHS assistant secretary continued, “These conversations don’t have to be limited or restricted to a medical setting. Offer yourselves as informational resources not just for youth but for schoolteachers, principals, school boards, professional organizations, recreation centers, county commissioners, and others who would benefit from this information and your perspective. Please proactively seek opportunities to speak about what you know.” 

Contact this Leader…

You can let Assistant Secretary Levine know you prayed:

The Honorable Admiral Rachel Levine 
Assistant Secretary for Health 
Department of Health and Human Services 
200 Independence Ave SW 
Washington, DC 20201  


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