County Executive Alsobrooks Announces Selection of New Health Officer

Headshot of Dr. Matthew Levy

LARGO, MD – County Executive Angela Alsobrooks announced today that Dr. Matthew D. Levy, MD, MPH, F.A.A.P., has been selected to serve as the County’s new Health Officer following a national search that spanned more than nine months. Dr. Levy joins the County with more than 20 years of extensive experience as a physician, faculty instructor, and hospital administrator. 

“We are very excited to welcome Dr. Levy to Prince George’s County to serve as our new Health Officer,” said Alsobrooks. “While we have made tremendous progress in expanding quality healthcare and services for our residents throughout this administration, we were severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and recognize the healthcare challenges we continue to face. In an effort to find the best fit for our Health Department and for our County, we conducted a national search for our next Health Officer, and we are extremely pleased to have Dr. Levy accept this position and join our team. He is eminently qualified to serve our residents, and with his background, knowledge, and expertise, we are confident that he will work to improve the overall health and well-being of all Prince Georgians.”  

Since 2021, Dr. Levy has served as Professor and Chief of the Division of General and Community Pediatrics at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In this role, he is a practicing pediatrician and has been working to grow the division by focusing on four key elements including: clinical excellence, active resident and student teaching, research and quality improvement, and community engagement and advocacy. 

Prior to his current role, Dr. Levy served as the Medical Director of the Clinically Integrated Network for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta in Atlanta, Georgia from 2017 to 2020, where he drove population health programs that addressed community needs such as asthma and immunizations. From 2000 to 2017, Dr. Levy served in various capacities with MedStar Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C., including as Division Chief of Community Pediatrics, where he built programs that improved access to care for children and families in Washington, D.C. These programs included a mobile medical clinic and two school based health centers in Washington, D.C. In this capacity, he directed all of the Community Pediatrics Residency training programs, as well as many student programs including the HOYA clinic, the first medical student driven clinic at the DC General Emergency Family Shelter.  

During his tenure at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, Dr. Levy was responsible for raising more than $9 million in grants to support the Division of Community Pediatrics programs. In addition, he served as the Associate Medical Director of Ambulatory Electronic Health Records (EHR) and Health IT Policy for MedStar Health in Columbia, Maryland from 2011 to 2016. 

“I am very excited to serve the people of Prince George’s County,” said Dr. Levy. “Together, I believe we can improve the health and well-being of each and every resident, so that Prince George’s County will be the healthiest in Maryland.” 

Since 1996, Dr. Levy has been appointed to numerous fellowships including the Community Pediatrics and Child Advocacy Fellow at the Department of Pediatrics at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C., and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellow at the Institute of Medicine/National Academies of Science in Washington, D.C., where he worked for North Dakota Senator Kent Conrad as a Health Policy Advisor. He has also completed the MedStar Leader of the Future: Physician Leadership Development Program at Medstar Health in Columbia, Maryland, and the Advanced Improvement Methodology course at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio.

In addition to his clinical and hospital affiliations, Dr. Levy has spent more than 20 years as a faculty instructor. He previously served in several faculty positions at Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C., including as Assistant, Associate, and Full Professor in the Department of Pediatrics. Dr. Levy has also served as an Advisor on a Nutrition and Physical Activity Initiative at the Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington, D.C., and as an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Emory School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia. 

Dr. Levy has been appointed to serve in several leadership and committee positions on local and regional boards including the District of Columbia Primary Care Association, DC Immunization Task Force, DC Lead Task Force, DC Partnership to Improve Children’s Healthcare Quality, DC Child and Family Services Agency Task Force, Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity, and the Milwaukee Academy of Science. In addition, in 2012 he served nationally as a member of President Obama’s Health Care Advisory Committee and the Lead Coordinator of the Obama Health Care Advisory Committee’s Truth Squad. In 2013, he was elected as a local Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner for DC Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 6A04, where he served from 2014 to 2017.

Throughout his career, Dr. Levy has received numerous awards and accolades including the Special Achievement Award for Distinguished Service from the D.C. Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) in 2006 and 2008, as well as the Leo Tow Humanism in Medicine Award, the Gold Humanism Honor Society, and the Dr. Michael Adams Award, all from the Georgetown University School of Medicine. He has previously served on the board of the D.C. Chapter of the AAP. Dr. Levy currently serves as a Fellow with the AAP and as a member of the Wisconsin Chapter of the AAP. 

Dr. Levy holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan and a Master of Public Health from Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, Maryland. He holds a Doctor of Medicine from New York Medical College in Westchester, New York. 

Dr. Levy will begin his new role as Acting Health Officer on August 14, 2023. His nomination package to serve as Health Officer will be submitted to the Prince George’s County Council to go through the confirmation process, which would then need to be approved by the State of Maryland.