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Thursday, February 9, 2012

Stephen Levin MD - Dies of Cancer

It is with sadness that I report of the passing of Dr. Stephen Levin.  Dr. Levin began an occupational disease evaluation practice in the office of Jack Sall, MD of Paterson NJ over 3 decades ago. He advanced to the Environmental Sciences Laboratory at the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine under the leadership of the late Irving J. Selikoff, MD, a pioneer in occupational disease research and more specifically asbestos related illnesses.

After the passing of Dr. Selikoff, Dr. Levin chaired the Environmental Sciences Department and maintained the archives of Dr. Selikoff. Dr. Levin was a leader and advocate for occupational disease research and treatment. His research work in post World Trade Center airborne toxins and disease build the foundation for the passage of the Zadroga 9-11 Health Benefits legislation enacted by Congress 14 months ago.

Joel Shufro, Executive Director of NYCOSH and Bill Henny, NYCOSH Board Chair, made the following statement, "He understood that the health of working people was directly tied to the health of the labor movement - that being organized into union or any other formation - was the first and most important step workers could take to protect their safety and health."

Stephen Levin championed the cause for helping victims of environmental and occupational disease. Ironically, like his predecessor, Dr. Selikoff, he also succumbed  to cancer, the disease that they both battled against for others. Dr. Levin's will be sadly missed but his legacy will on.

See also:
Dr. Stephen Levin dead of cancer NY Daily News
"As the medical director of Mount Sinai Medical Center’s Irving J. Selikoff Center for Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Dr. Stephen Levin had long known how damaging airborne toxins were to unprotected lungs."
A memorial service will take place Tuesday, February 21, 2012 at 4 p.m. at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine's Stern Auditorium, 1468 Madison Avenue (@ E. 100th Street, New York, NY 10029.