Stuart Levy

Dr. Levy was a panelist for the Forum’s discussion on Battling Drug-Resistant Superbugs.

A microbiologist and physician, Stuart Levy discovered the mechanism for tetracycline resistance (efflux) and was among the first to document the transfer of drug resistance among animals and humans. Dr. Levy is the president of the Alliance for the Prudent Use of Antibiotics (APUA) and founder and a past president of the American Society for Microbiology. He is the author of The Antibiotic Paradox: How Miracle Drugs Are Destroying the Miracle, which has been widely cited in both the lay and scientific media and is in its second edition (2002). As a young physician, he worked extensively in the developing world. He has also written more than 250 scientific and medical papers and served as advisor on policy committees including: the NIH Fogarty Center’s three year study of Antibiotic Use and Resistance Worldwide (as Chairman); an advisory panel for the U.S. Office of Technology; the EPA Subcommittees on Health and Antibiotic Resistance; the UK House of Lords report on antibiotic resistance; and WHO Scientific Advisory Groups. Dr. Levy has also served as a consultant for the World Health Organization, the U.S. FDA, the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. AMRIID national security project, and other national and international organizations including official national biosecurity panels. Dr. Levy has been featured and quoted for his work on antibiotic use and resistance in major national and international newspapers and magazines including Time, Newsweek, US News and World Report, New Yorker, New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, Chicago Tribune, and San Francisco Chronicle. He has appeared on Good Morning America, Nova, the Today Show, Fox Front Page, ABC Prime Time, CBS 48 Hours, CNN, Canadian national television, Japanese public television, and all major US television network news shows. He is currently a Professor of Medicine and Molecular Biology/Microbiology and the Director of the Center for Adaptation Genetics and Drug Resistance at Tufts University School of Medicine, and a Staff Physician at the New England Medical Center.

–Photo by Alonso Nichols