Dr. Bernard Levin is Professor Emeritus at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. He earned his medical degree from the University of the Witwatersrand Medical School in Johannesburg, South Africa and immigrated to the USA after completion of internships in medicine and surgery.
Following an internal medicine residency and a post-doctoral laboratory fellowship, he completed his training in gastroenterology at the University of Chicago. He held academic appointments in the Department of Medicine at the University of Chicago from 1972 until 1984, when he joined the faculty at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center as Professor of Medicine.
He served as Chair of the Department of Gastrointestinal Medical Oncology and Digestive Diseases until 1994 when he was appointed as the founding Vice President and Division Head of Cancer Prevention and Population Sciences. He retired from MD Anderson Cancer Center in November 2007 and was appointed as Professor Emeritus.
He served as Chair of the American Cancer Society’s National Advisory Task Force on Colorectal Cancer until October 2008 and was founding co-chair of the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable from 1998-2005. Dr. Levin served as President of the International Society of Gastrointestinal Carcinogenesis from 2005-2006. From 2007-2011 he served as the founding Chair of the World Gastroenterology Organization Foundation, whose mission is to raise funds for the training of gastroenterologists in low resource countries.
He was a co-editor of the textbook “GastrointestinalOncology” first published in 2002 with a second edition in 2008. He was lead editor of the “American Cancer Society’s Complete Guide to Colorectal Cancer” published in 2005. He was co-editor of the “World Cancer Report” published by IARC/WHO in December 2008.
He currently serves on the editorial board of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute and on the New York City Colorectal Cancer Control Coalition (C5). He has published over 200 papers and books. Honors include awards from the American Cancer Society, American Society of Preventive Oncology, Gastroenterological Society of Australia, American-Italian Cancer Foundation, World Gastroenterological Organization and University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.
His research interests include dietary factors and chemoprevention of colorectal neoplasia, molecular markers for detection of colorectal cancer and better methods for enhancing public awareness of colorectal cancer prevention. He has lived in New York City since 2008.