Dr. Barry Levy served as an epidemiologist with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as a professor at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.
Levy’s colleagues have praised his “extraordinary record of distinguished service” and the fact that he has devoted his entire career to the field of public health. Dr. Levy was the recipient of the 2005 American Public Health Association’s Sedgwick Memorial Medal. The Sedgwick medal is awarded to honor a remarkable record of service while working to further public health practice and knowledge.
As APHA president in 1997, Levy visited all 50 states, spoke frequently on the future of public health and the public’s health needs, and traveled to South Africa to present the APHA Presidential Citation to Nelson Mandela.
Levy has authored more than 150 papers and book chapters and co-edited 12 books, including an occupational and environmental health textbook, the APHA handbook “Preventing Occupational Disease and Injury,” “War and Public Health,” “Terrorism and Public Health,” and “Social Injustices in Public Health.” He co-wrote and performs in “Damaged Care,” a musical comedy about health care in America.
Levy has worked in more than 20 countries, including Kenya, Thailand, Jamaica, China, and Eastern Europe. His numerous awards include the U.S. Public Health Service Commendation Medal, the Duncan Clark Award of the Association of Teachers of Preventive Medicine, the Special Recognition Award of the American College of Preventive Medicine, and the Harriet Hardy Award of the New England College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.