Profile: Dr. Adeera Levin – 2015 Aubrey J. Tingle Prize

22 April 2015

As an undergraduate studying anthropology and philosophy at the University of Toronto, Adeera Levin was drawn to medicine by the opportunity to ask and answer questions about the intricacies of the human body.

That inquisitive spirit set her on a path she still follows today as a world-renowned nephrologist. Levin’s ability to ask and answer key questions about kidney disease has driven forward our knowledge of this condition and earned her numerous awards and recognitions, including the 2015 Aubrey J. Tingle Prize.

Levin’s research has focused on the predictors of disease progression in patients living with kidney disease. She aims to distinguish those who will progress quickly from those who will not, in order to ensure the correct treatment strategies are applied to achieve optimal outcomes for the patient as well as the health care system.

Following her medical training in Ontario, Levin joined the nephrology department at Vancouver’s St. Paul’s Hospital where she worked to integrate clinical care with clinical research. She currently serves as the head of UBC’s Division of Nephrology, the executive director of the BC Renal Agency, and a consultant nephrologist at Providence Health Care.

Levin is quick to note that BC’s research environment has been advantageous to her career. She describes a prevailing attitude of permissiveness that makes BC less bureaucratic than other provinces and encourages flexibility and novel approaches.

Levin is the sixth recipient of the Aubrey J. Tingle Prize, presented annually by MSFHR to a BC clinician scientist whose work in health services and policy research is internationally recognized. The prize was presented April 16 at the 17th annual LifeSciences BC Awards.