Matthew D. Levy, MD, MPH
Professor, Chief-General and Community Pediatrics
- Children's Corporate Center
999 N. 92nd St.
Milwaukee, WI 53226
MD, New York Medical College, 1993
MD, Sackler School of Med (Tel Aviv, Israel), 1991
BA, University of Michigan, 1989
Pediatrics for me is a calling, not a job. It's about helping children reach their full potential as human beings. Working towards that end takes collaboration with families, schools, and the communities in which children live, play, and learn. I try to assess the whole child by focusing on the five pillars of health- physical health, behavioral and mental health, oral health, nutritional health, and how the child and family are impacted by the Social Determinants of Health. This latter pillar could be anything and everything that supports us in our pursuit of wellness such as safe neighborhoods, stable housing, food security, and quality educational support.
For most of my career, thus far, I have worked with inner city families of color to try and support them in their health journey by developing trusting relationships based on mutual respect. This is critical to establishing a healthy home. Since prevention of illness is so important and takes lasting partnerships, I usually focus a good portion of each of my visits on healthy habits, anticipating conditions that could be harmful to a child in the short or long run. If a child has a chronic disease such as Asthma, I try to work with the family to stabilize and control their condition so that their lives are not defined by their asthma.
Over the years, I have also spent a lot of time looking at how larger systems affect the individual’s health and have advocated again and again for system reform that improves access, reduces barriers to care, and supports the well-being of the child in the context of the community. I look forward to partnering with families in Milwaukee and the surrounding counties so that together we can strive to keep our children safe, healthy, and thriving.
Honors and Awards
Gold Humanism Honor Society- Georgetown University School of Medicine, 2013
Leo Tow Humanism in Medicine Award- Georgetown University School of Medicine, 2010
Special Achievement Award for Distinguished Service, American Academy of Pediatrics- DC Chapter, 2008, 2006