Deborah A. Levine, MD, MPH, Director

Dr. Levine is the Director of the Cognitive Health Services Research Program at the University of Michigan (U-M).  Dr. Levine is a practicing general internist and physician scientist who is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Departments of Internal Medicine (primary appointment) and Neurology (secondary appointment) and a Member of the Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation at U-M. She performs research, publishing, clinical work, and teaching that aims to improve the prevention of stroke and dementia, reduce health disparities, and impact public policy. Dr. Levine has 15 years of experience conducting epidemiological and intervention studies on stroke, cognitive impairment, and health disparities. Dr. Levine is the principal investigator (PI) of 3 studies:

  1. The MCI DeM study, an National Institutes of Health (NIH) / National Institute on Aging (NIA)-funded R01 studying decision making for stroke and acute myocardial infarction treatment in patients with mild cognitive impairment;
  2. The BP COG study, an NIH/National Institutes of Neurological Disorders (NINDS)-funded R01 BP-COG study of the effect of blood pressure over the life course on dementia risk in Black, Hispanic, and White individuals; and
  3. The STROKE COG study, an NIH-funded R01 study that aims to advance the understanding of post-stroke dementia and how post-stroke blood pressure, glucose, and lipid levels independently contribute to post-stroke dementia risk.

She was also the PI of an NIH/NIA-funded K23 identifying the predictors and long-term trajectory of post-stroke cognitive decline. Dr. Levine cares for stroke patients as an integral member of the U-M Stroke Program. Since 2011, she has led the U-M General Medicine Post Stroke Clinic to provide transitional and preventive care to patients with stroke. Dr. Levine is a nationally recognized expert in secondary stroke prevention and vascular cognitive impairment.

She is married with a daughter, 2 dogs, and 2 cats. Dr. Levine enjoys reading and rooting for the New York Yankees.