UT Health Northeast names new head of clinical and academic affairs, as well as new chief medical officer and physician-in-chief
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UT Health Northeast names new head of clinical and academic affairs, as well as new chief medical officer and physician-in-chief

June 17, 2014

UT Health Northeast has named Jeffrey Levin, MD, MSPH, as senior vice president for clinical and academic affairs. In addition, Steven Cox, MD, has been named chief medical officer and physician-in-chief.

Jeff Levin, MD, MSPH

Jeff Levin, MD, MSPH

“We have two outstanding physicians who are well-suited for these positions and their additional responsibilities. Dr. Levin has the knowledge and experience to focus on improving the health of Northeast Texans and on our clinical activities in the region. Dr. Cox will make a great physician-in-chief as he leads our physician practice,” said Kirk A. Calhoun, MD, president of UT Health Northeast.

Dr. Levin is chairman of the Department of Occupational Health Sciences at UT Health Northeast and the Jesse H. Jones Distinguished Professor of Occupational Health Sciences. He joined UT Health in 1988.

He is an adjunct professor in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at The University of Texas at Tyler and in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health at the Texas A&M Health Science Center.

Dr. Levin also is dean of Community Health and Health Professions at UT Health Northeast. He is board certified in internal medicine and occupational medicine.

Steven Cox, MD

Steven Cox, MD

Dr. Cox, who joined UT Health in 1997, has served as chairman of the Department of Surgery since 2009. He is an associate professor of surgery, is board certified in surgery, and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

He has served as medical director of the Surgery Clinic and the Breast Diagnostic Clinic. Dr. Cox also has been an instructor and preceptor — a physician who provides practical experience and training to residents – in UT Health’s Family Medicine Residency Program.


For more than 60 years, UT Health Northeast has provided excellent patient care and cutting-edge treatment, specializing in pulmonary disease, cancer, heart disease, primary care, and the disciplines that support them. UT Health Northeast’s annual operating budget of $138.8 million represents a major economic impact of over $347 million for the Northeast Texas region. Since 2002, scientists in the Center for Biomedical Research have been awarded more than $120 million in research dollars. As the academic health science center for Northeast Texas, its graduate medical education programs – with residencies in family medicine and occupational medicine – provide doctors for many communities throughout the region and beyond. UT Health Northeast is also the program sponsor of the residency program in internal medicine at Good Shepherd Medical Center in Longview.

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