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Robert A. Levine, MD

Senior physician, Cardiac Ultrasound Laboratroy

Dr. Levine is an expert in cardiac imaging and valvular heart disease.

  • Phone: 617-724-1995
Departments
Cardiology
Department of Medicine

Specialties

  • Heart Center
  • Non-invasive Cardiology
  • Heart Valve Program
Clinical Interests
Valvular heart disease
Mitral valve prolapse
Ischemic mitral regurgitation
Aortic valve disease
Echocardiography
Locations
Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
Medical Education
MD, Harvard Medical School
Fellowship, Massachusetts General Hospital
Board Certifications
Internal Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine
Cardiovascular Disease, American Board of Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Foreign Languages
Hebrew
Patient Age Group
Adult
Accepting New Patients
No

Biography

Dr. Levine's career focuses on using imaging techniques to explore mechanisms of valvular heart disease in order to develop and test more specific and effective therapies. This mission encompasses diseases of excess valve motion (prolapse, obstructive systolic anterior motion) and deficient valve tissue relative to the remodeling ventricle after heart attack. He devotes substantial time to guiding the career development of emerging investigators both in Boston and as part of the Leducq MITRAL Transatlantic Network. The Leducq Transatlantic Network of Excellence in Mitral Valve Disease, based in the Division of Cardiology at MGH and coordinated by Dr. Robert A. Levine in the Cardiac Ultrasound Laboratory, applies techniques of molecular genetics and cell and developmental biology to clinically derived material and experimental models of mitral valve disease, a major source of heart failure and mortality worldwide. It aims to discover common themes among different conditions affecting the mitral valve and to understand the lexicon of growth signals that can lead to successful interventions. The network fosters dynamic interactions among basic and clinical investigators at MGH and major national and international institutions. This alliance of investigators moves genetic findings into model systems to understand their effect on valve biology and test potential therapies while providing junior investigators opportunities for career growth.

ResearchThe Leducq Transatlantic Network of Excellence in Mitral Valve Disease, based in the Division of Cardiology at MGH and coordinated by Dr. Robert A. Levine in the Cardiac Ultrasound Laboratory, applies techniques of molecular genetics and cell and developmental biology to clinically derived material and experimental models of mitral valve disease, a major source of heart failure and mortality worldwide. It aims to discover common themes among different conditions affecting the mitral valve and to understand the lexicon of growth signals that can lead to successful interventions. The network fosters dynamic interactions among basic and clinical investigators at MGH and major national and international institutions.This alliance of investigators moves genetic findings into model systems to understand their effect on valve biology and test potential therapies while providing junior investigators opportunities for career growth.

Publications

1. Levine RA, Handschumacher MD, Sanfilippo AJ, Hagege AA, Harrigan P, Marshall JE, Weyman AE. Three-dimensional echocardiographic reconstruction of the mitral valve, with implications for the diagnosis of mitral valve prolapse. Circulation 1989;80:589-98 (accompanied by editorial).

2. Hung J, Guerrero JL, Handschumacher BS, Supple G, Sullivan S, Levine RA. Reverse ventricular remodeling reduces ischemic MR: Echo-guided device application in the beating heart. Circulation 2002; 106:2594-600.

3. Levine RA, Schwammenthal E. Ischemic MR on the threshold of a solution: From paradoxes to unifying concepts. Circulation 2005;112:745-58.

Cardiac Unit Associates
55 Fruit Street
Boston, MA 02114-2696

Phone: 617-724-1995
Fax: 617-643-1616

Cardiac Unit Associates
55 Fruit Street
Boston, MA 02114-2696

Phone: 617-724-1995
Fax: 617-643-1616

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