Statement of U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) on the Passing of Dr. Stephen Levin

Feb 8, 2012 Issues: Local Issues
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Joe Soldevere (212) 860-0606

“It was with tremendous sadness that I learned today of the passing of Dr. Stephen Levin.  Dr. Levin was one of our nation’s foremost experts in occupational and environmental medicine and in his career cared for thousands of Americans with work-related injuries and illnesses.  But New Yorkers may know Dr. Levin best as the Director of the World Trade Center Worker and Volunteer Medical Screening Program, where he helped identify the emergence of 9/11-related illnesses and led the medical community’s response to this unprecedented health crisis.  

“The Medical Screening Program was a precursor to the current World Trade Center Health Program, which was enshrined in law by the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, a bill I authored with Congressmen Nadler and King and on which I worked with Dr. Levin to pass.  Without Dr. Levin’s pioneering research, service, and dedication to 9/11 responders, volunteers, and survivors, we may never have passed the Zadroga Act.

“This is no doubt a terribly sad time for Dr. Levin’s loved ones, but I hope they will be comforted by the fact that his life was so well-lived, and by the thoughts and prayers of thousands of Americans whose lives are immeasurably better because of his work.”