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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 3, 2009

Renowned Occupational Medicine Physician Named Interim Medical Director

The New York State Workers' Compensation Board announced Stephen M. Levin MD, a nationally recognized expert in occupational medicine and the health effects of the World Trade Center disaster, will serve as its interim medical director.

Dr. Levin is the medical co-director of the Mount Sinai–I.J. Selikoff Center for Occupational and Environmental Medicine at Mount Sinai Medical Center. He was the principal investigator for the Mount Sinai World Trade Center Data and Coordination Center, and is an associate professor at The Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

Dr. Levin will help design and create the Board's Office of the Medical Director, provide guidance, advice and assistance with respect to medical treatment and medical impairment guidelines, and meet with interested parties to discuss medical issues relating to workers' compensation.

"Dr. Levin is a world-class physician with a unique set of skills and extensive experience in our field," Chair Zachary S. Weiss said. "I am grateful that he will use his talents to help the Board better serve injured workers and employers."

A widely published practitioner with more than 40 years experience in medicine, Dr. Levin also testified before Congress on the health effects of the September 11th attacks. He received his medical degree from New York University Medical Center, and did residencies in surgery, community medicine and psychiatry.

"I have spent my career dedicated to improving the health of ill and injured workers," Dr. Levin said. "I will bring the same focus and dedication to the medical director position at the Board."

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