Jeffrey M. Levine MD | Geriatric Specialist | Wound Care | Pressure Ulcers - News on Dr. Levine's medical and consulting practice, and reflections on our healthcare system.

Category: Art & Medicine

Subway Inspiration

Recently I’ve gotten into the habit of carrying my sketchbooks onto the subway.  More crowded than ever, the NY subway is an endless kaleidoscope of people, fashion, and color.  This post presents some of my favorite work based on scenes in and around the subway.  Some were completed on-site, some were started in the subway and completed in the studio, and some were total studio …Read More

Speaking of Art and Aging at MOMA

It was my pleasure and honor to speak today at the Museum of Modern Art in a lecture entitled “Picturing Aging: The View From a Geriatrician.”  The talk presented my portfolio of images of aging, and discussed the relationship between art and growing old.  It was sponsored by MOMA’s Prime Time Exchange – a program that brings art to community dwelling seniors.  This program serves …Read More

Diversity and Strength of Aging on the Covers of The Gerontologist

Looking back at my published work on the covers of The Gerontologist, two underlying themes are diversity and strength in old age. Any student of aging knows that the older population is more diverse than ever, with differences expressed in color, culture, identity, social standing, educational level, and economics. As a geriatrician I’ve learned that strength in body and spirit are a requirement of reaching …Read More

The View From My Sketchbooks

This is the view from my sketchbooks and paintings done en plein aire.  They are a selection from the past 3 years as I wandered the roadsides looking for subjects. This is a view of the Triboro Bridge (now renamed the RFK Bridge) from Randall’s Island on the East River.  I biked out there to exercise both my body and my right brain.  In the middle of the …Read More

Music and Art on the Covers of The Gerontologist

A recent cover of The Gerontologist features a musician at the local Octoberfest, a yearly block party that celebrates the German immigrant heritage of my neighborhood in Manhattan that is now only a memory. TG is the flagship journal of the Gerontological Society of America, the nation’s oldest and largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to research, education, and practice in the field of aging.  Looking back …Read More

Aging Veterans on the Covers of The Gerontologist

I always had a soft spot for veterans, as my father saw action in the Pacific Theater and I grew up with his war mementos stashed in a corner of my basement.  A theme in the photos I’ve taken for covers on The Gerontologist has therefore been veterans, with images that reflect their pride in serving our country.  I was recently asked to provide a …Read More

Sketching in Savannah, Georgia

I recently attended a medical conference in Savannah, Georgia, and my stay was supposed to be short, but a huge blizzard coming from the midwest cancelled thousands of flights including mine.  Good thing I brought my sketching supplies, because I was in this charming southern town for another two days! Here is the view from my hotel room: I spent a lot of time in a …Read More

The Meatpacking District Before the High Line

I moved into Manhattan in 1985 to continue my medical training, and in the early morning hours I explored the city with my camera. These are photos I took of the far West Side and the Meatpacking district before the place turned into an international tourist attraction. The photo above is the north end of what is now the High Line, on 30th Street. My camera …Read More

Upcoming Webinar on History of Pressure Ulcers & Wound Care

I am thrilled to announce that registration is now open for my webinar entitled History of Pressure Ulcers and Wound Care: Past, Present and Future, sponsored by the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP). This event takes place on November 19th at 1:00 PM EST, and coincides with World Wide Pressure Ulcer Prevention Day 2015. My discussion covers such topics as wound care in Ancient …Read More

Painting in Maine

This past summer I had the opportunity to continue my watercolor exploration in Maine. Part of my journey included a workshop sponsored by Coastal Maine Art Workshops with the master watercolorist, Alvero Castagnet. Alvero’s work is all over the internet and his ability to create drama with paint is simply amazing. During my weeks on this beautiful coastline I expanded my painting skills, trying to fulfill Alvero’s motto: “Capture …Read More