Dr. Levitt

Levitt Distinguished Speaker Series

Dr. Louis P. Levitt was born in Denver in 1896 and graduated from the University of Colorado School of Medicine in 1927. He practiced medicine in Denver until 1967. When he died in 1978 he bequeathed $75,000 to the Department of Family Medicine to establish an endowed lectureship. The Levitt Distinguished Speaker Series.

Over the years, the Department has invited distinguished visiting professors, leaders, and authorities to speak and consult with the University of Colorado community on various topics of high importance and relevance to primary care and healthcare as a whole.



Coming In November 2023!



4th Annual CSTAHR Greg White Levitt Lecture

Featuring - Elaine O. Nsoesie, PhD, MS

Data, Algorithms, and Racial Health Equity

Wednesday, November 15, 2023

Featured Levitt Lectures



3rd Annual CSTAHR Greg White Levitt Lecture featuring Tanjala S. Purnell, PhD, MPH, FASN.

Dr. Purnell is an epidemiologist and health services researcher with over a decade of experience focused on promoting equity in kidney health, transplantation, and closely related cardiometabolic conditions. She is an Assistant Professor of Epidemiology and Surgery at Johns Hopkins University.

January 2023 - “Sick and Tired: Galvanizing Multi-Stakeholder Efforts to Address Structural Racism and Persistent Health Disparities”

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Dr. Richard Krugman Jill Korbin, PhD

Richard D. Krugman, MD, Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics, Kempe Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect – and Jill Korbin, PhD, Lucy Adams Leffingwell Professor Emeritus of Anthropology, Senior Advisor, Schubert Center for Child Studies Case Western Reserve University co-presented - Family Medicine Is Positioned Best to Address Child Maltreatment, If Only It Would!

September 14, 2022

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Terrance Roberts Julian Rubinstein

Denver community activist Terrance Roberts and journalist and author of "The Holly", Julian Rubinstein teamed up for a gripping presentation for the 2nd annual CSTAHR Greg White Lecture.

November 2021 - Gang Violence, Policing, and Community Health: A Case Study

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Rebecca Etz Kurt Stange

This dual-presenter Levitt event features Drs. Rebecca Etz and Kurt Stange.

October 2021 - Where the Sidewalk Ends and the Promise of Primary Care Begins


View and download the presentation slide deck here.

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Benjamin D. Anderson, MBA, MHCDS

Vice President, Rural Health Hospitals

Colorado Hospital Association

April 2021 - A Path Forward: Thriving in Rural Health Care after COVID-19

Anderson explored true stories of the amazing resiliency of rural communities amidst the formidable challenges of a pandemic by tying community engagement to diversity and health equity.

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Dr. Folasade May

Dr. Folasade P. May

Director, Melvin and Bren Simon Gastroenterology Quality Improvement Program

UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center

December 2020 - Colon Cancer and Black Race: Barriers & Opportunities

Dr. May graced us with her expertise as our premiere presenter in our very first annual CSTAHR Greg White Lecture: A Feature of the Distinguished Levitt Speaker Series. Greg was a beloved and valued member of the CSTAHR team dedicated to erasing racism in health care. He was lost to colon cancer in 2018.

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Dr. Stephen Hwang

Dr. Stephen Hwang

Director, Centre for Urban Health Solutions, St. Michael's Hospital

Professor of Medicine, University of Toronto

Fellow, Canadian Academy of Health Sciences

February 2020 - Creating Urban Health Solutions: Promises & Perils

Dr. Hwang's work to improve the health and well-being of people experiencing homelessness was first inspired by the resilience, dignity, and kindness of homeless men and women at a shelter where he volunteered as a university student.

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Sandro Galea, MD, MPH, DrPH

Sandro Galea, MD, MPH, DrPH

Dean and Robert A. Knox Professor, Boston University School of Public Health

Professor of Family Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine

January 2020 - Guns, Opioids, and Obesity: A Population Health Lens on Three Contemporary Epidemics.

How population health principles can inform our understanding of three epidemics of our time and to better understand how we might mitigate the consequences of current syndemics.

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Dr. Michael Fine

Dr. Michael Fine

Writer, community organizer, and family physician.

April 2019 – Standing Together: What family physicians can do to build a health care system that cares for all Americans.

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Bob Phillips

Bob Phillips

Executive Director, Center for Professionalism and Value in Health Care

March 2019 - Professional Suicide: Medicine Heal Thyself.

The Center for Professionalism and Value in Health Care is an organization dedicated to creating space in which patients, health professional, payers, and policy makers can work to renegotiate the social contract - and working to define value across the health care spectrum, reaching beyond medicine to engage the broader health care community.

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