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James Levenson, MD, Professor of Psychiatry, Virginia Commonwealth University

James Levenson, MD
Professor of Psychiatry
Chair, Division of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry 
Virginia Commonwealth University


Dr. Levenson is Professor of Psychiatry, Medicine, and Surgery at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, where he is also Chair of the Division of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry, and Vice-chair of the Department of Psychiatry.

Dr. Levenson attended medical school at the University of Michigan, followed by internal medicine internship at the University of Oregon, psychiatric residency at the University of Colorado, and consultation-liaison psychiatry fellowship at Westchester County Medical Center. He is board-certified in Psychiatry, Psychosomatic Medicine, and Geriatric Psychiatry.

Dr. Levenson has published over 200 papers and book chapters, and seven books, including The American Psychiatric Publishing Textbook of Psychosomatic Medicine, Clinical Manual of Psychopharmacology in the Medically Ill, and Psychiatry Essentials for Primary Care. His scholarly interests include psychiatric disorders and their treatment in the medically ill, psychological factors’ effects on health care utilization, and medical ethics. 

Dr. Levenson is past president of the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine. He currently serves as chair of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology’s Committee for Subspecialization in Psychosomatic Medicine. He is a member of the DSM-5 Work Group on Somatic Symptom Disorders. He is the North American editor of the Journal of Psychosomatic Research, and is a member of the editorial boards of the journals Psychological Medicine, and General Hospital Psychiatry. He has served on the National Board of Medical Examiners’ USMLE 3 Committee. In his university’s health system, he has chaired the Ethics Committee for the past 24 years, and has served on the boards of the Clinical Practice Plan, the Malpractice Plan, and the university’s Medicaid HMO. He has received his Medical School and his University’s highest teaching awards, as well as his Health System’s highest award as a clinician. He received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society for Liaison Psychiatry. Dr. Levenson is also a member of the Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome Information Service Advisory Council.




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