Douglas Edward Levy
Douglas Edward Levy, PhD, MPH
Associate Professor of Medicine

Doug Levy, PhD, MPH co-teaches the Methods in Bioethics course for the Master of Bioethics degree program. He received a PhD in Health Policy, Statistics and Evaluative Sciences from Harvard University and a MPH from Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University.  He is an Assistant Professor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School and co-teaches MA 750 “Medical Ethics and Professionalism”. Dr. Levy’s primary area of research is focused on studying how policies in the spheres of public health, healthcare finance, and health services can improve primary and higher order prevention to improve population health. The principal application of this overall research agenda is the study of policies to reduce the harms of tobacco use. His secondary research interest is using cost-effectiveness methods to help prioritize resource use and understand competing incentives to adopt alternative policies.

Dr. Levy’s research on tobacco has encompassed a number of avenues of inquiry. He has investigated the economics determinants and consequences of tobacco use, including the effect of cigarette price changes on smoking prevalence among pregnant women, the cost to employers of covering smoking cessation treatments, and national healthcare costs under alternative tobacco control scenarios. In addition to the economics of tobacco control, he has investigated clinical and epidemiological aspects of tobacco use and treatment, including the use of nicotine replacement therapy by smokers who are not trying to quit, the natural history of light and intermittent smoking, determinants of smoking cessation advice receipt among hospitalized smokers, and the cost-effectiveness of clinical strategies for reducing tobacco use. A major current focus of his tobacco research is studying the effects of smoke-free policies in public housing on involuntary tobacco smoke exposure, resident health, and resident health care expenditures.

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Treating Parents for Tobacco Use in the Pediatric Setting: The Clinical Effort Against Secondhand Smoke Exposure Cluster Randomized Clinical Trial.
Authors: Authors: Nabi-Burza E, Drehmer JE, Hipple Walters B, Rigotti NA, Ossip DJ, Levy DE, Klein JD, Regan S, Gorzkowski JA, Winickoff JP.
JAMA Pediatr
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Adaptation of a sustained care cessation intervention for smokers hospitalized for psychiatric disorders: Study protocol for a randomized controlled trial.
Authors: Authors: Hecht J, Rigotti NA, Minami H, Kjome KL, Bloom EL, Kahler CW, Price LH, Levy DE, Carpenter KM, Brown RA.
Contemp Clin Trials
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Calories Purchased by Hospital Employees After Implementation of a Cafeteria Traffic Light-Labeling and Choice Architecture Program.
Authors: Authors: Thorndike AN, Gelsomin ED, McCurley JL, Levy DE.
JAMA Netw Open
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Association of Worksite Food Purchases and Employees' Overall Dietary Quality and Health.
Authors: Authors: McCurley JL, Levy DE, Rimm EB, Gelsomin ED, Anderson EM, Sanford JM, Thorndike AN.
Am J Prev Med
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Innovations in parental smoking cessation assistance delivered in the child healthcare setting.
Authors: Authors: Nabi-Burza E, Winickoff JP, Drehmer JE, Gorzkowski JA, Klein JD, Levy DE, Ossip DJ, Regan S, Rigotti NA, Hipple Walters B.
Transl Behav Med
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Parental Smoking and E-cigarette Use in Homes and Cars.
Authors: Authors: Drehmer JE, Nabi-Burza E, Hipple Walters B, Ossip DJ, Levy DE, Rigotti NA, Klein JD, Winickoff JP.
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Workplace wellness program and short-term changes in health care expenditures.
Authors: Authors: Levy DE, Thorndike AN.
Prev Med Rep
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Design of ChooseWell 365: Randomized controlled trial of an automated, personalized worksite intervention to promote healthy food choices and prevent weight gain.
Authors: Authors: Levy DE, Gelsomin ED, Rimm EB, Pachucki M, Sanford J, Anderson E, Johnson C, Schutzberg R, Thorndike AN.
Contemp Clin Trials
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Smoking Cessation After Hospital Discharge: Factors Associated With Abstinence.
Authors: Authors: Streck JM, Chang Y, Tindle HA, Regan S, Park ER, Levy DE, Singer DE, Ylioja T, Rigotti NA.
J Hosp Med
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Design and participant characteristics of a primary care adaptation of the Look AHEAD Lifestyle Intervention for weight loss in type 2 diabetes: The REAL HEALTH-diabetes study.
Authors: Authors: Delahanty LM, Chang Y, Levy DE, Porneala B, Dushkin A, Bissett L, Goldman V, Perrotta J, Rodriguez AR, Chase B, LaRocca R, Wheeler A, Wexler DJ.
Contemp Clin Trials
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