News & Views from Dr. Jeff Levine

Rediscovering my Art Supplies in the Arizona Desert

In 2012 I rediscovered my art supplies that were in storage for years, and decided to get reacquainted. So I threw sketchbooks, pens, and paints into a backpack and flew to Phoenix, rented a car, and drove out to the desert to commune with the warm sun,

  6.10.2017

Poetry in the Subway

The New York City subway is not the place you’d expect poety, but I try to capture it in my art.  I carry my sketchbooks every day down under the streets as I commute back and forth to work.  My on-the-spot sketches are done in pencil,

  30.09.2017

A Geriatrician Reviews Cicero’s “On Old Age”

As a geriatrician entering the twilight of my career, I look to the philosophers of my field for guidance on how to navigate my own later years. In addition to contemporary texts and journals I turned toward the ancients and discovered a gem in the writings

  25.09.2017

Watercolor and Urban Sketching in Italy

Last May I spent time in Rome and Tuscany, eating wonderful food, drinking wine, and sketching the city and countryside where opportunities to make and view art abound.  These are my choices of the best images from my trip. Take the stairs down to the banks

  16.09.2017

Combining Art and Medicine

I love the look and feel of old medical textbooks.  Their authorative aura was often enhanced by leather binding. They harken back to a time before the internet, when medical knowledge was priveliged information available to only a few. When I transformed this old medical textbook

  16.07.2017

Views of a Lost Manhattan Landmark

I was saddened by the blaze that destroyed Beth Medrash Hagadol, the 167 year old landmarked synagogue on the Lower East Side.  The building was not in use since 2007, and I photographed this structure when it had an active congregation in 1987.  When I heard

  4.07.2017

An Abandoned Psychiatric Hospital in Tuscany

Tuscany is an enchanting place filled with scenic beauty, but beneath the surface there is dark history. On a recent painting trip to Italy I had the opportunity to tour an abandoned psychiatric hospital in the town of Volterra. In the late 19th Century when it

  18.06.2017

Jean Martin Charcot: Urban Sketcher

I have always been interested in physicians who incorporated art into their life and practice, and one of them was Jean Martin Charcot.   A towering figure in the medical world of the 19th Century, Charcot was born in 1825 and finished medical school at age 23. 

  8.06.2017

Wound Care: What the Medical Director Needs to Know

This article was published in Caring For the Ages, a journal sponsored by the American Medical Directors Association (AMDA) – the Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine.  The article covers everything the medical director needs to know about wound care topics such as outsourced services,

  7.06.2017

The Effect of Oral Medication on Wound Healing

Given the accelerated medical discoveries of recent decades, there is a surprising lack of oral medications that directly improve wound healing. Of the oral medications available, most target ancillary aspects of wound care such as pain management, infection mitigation, and nutrition. This article describes oral pharmacologic

  4.06.2017

Dr. Jeffrey M. Levine has authored numerous articles on topics related to healthcare of the elderly. These include medical history, prevention and treatment of chronic wounds such as pressure ulcers, elder neglect and abuse, and physical restraints. He has also edited a book on legal and regulatory aspects of nursing homes.