About

Doug Levy has spent more than 20 years focusing on the intersection of science, policy and ethics, technology and health. After covering health care for USA Today for most of the 1990s, he led communications at two of the nation’s top academic medical centers. Now, he writes about health, science, and technology and consults on communications strategy, issues management, and emergency communications. His wide range of experience in multiple disciplines forms the backbone of Doug Levy Strategic Communications LLC, a new communications consultancy.

“I worked with Doug on UCSF-wide emergency management policy issues, as a communication advisor to the police department on use of social networking media…. He’s a go-to guy who can be counted on to get things done.” – Pam Roskowski, Chief of Police and UC Systemwide Police Coordinator University of California (Retired)

He studied food and drug law at the University of Maryland, where he earned his J.D., and he was chief of staff to former FDA Commissioner David Kessler when Kessler was dean of medicine at UCSF. As a reporter, Doug covered health, science and technology for USA Today. His investigative reporting garnered many awards, including a Peabody.

“Doug is an incredible partner. I always enjoyed working on projects with him, often under tense and challenging circumstances.” – Sandra Chu, Senior Director, Global Public Affairs and Issues Management, Visa Inc.

As a public relations strategist, Doug is adept at guiding executive communications, crisis preparation and management, and establishing and protecting corporate reputations. He has prepared scientists, academic and corporate leaders for challenging media interactions, ranging from live network interviews to Wall Street Journal editorial board meetings.

“Doug produced outstanding thinking accompanied by equally strong deliverables when my company was under attack as part of a corporate campaign by organized labor.” – Dan Parker, Vice President, Strategic Sales Communication, Pharmacy Services at CVS Health

For more on Doug’s background, visit his profile on LinkedIn.

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