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In this business memoir, Dr. Levey shares with the reader lessons learned from many years of experience.

A trained internist and endocrinologist, an investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute while at the University of Miami, a senior vice president for one of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies, chairman of the department of medicine at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Dr. Levey culminated his career as Vice Chancellor, Medical Sciences and Dean of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.

During his long and illustrious career at UCLA, he rebuilt one of the world’s premier academic health centers after the devastating Northridge earthquake in 1994.

The book is titled after Dr. Levey’s favorite business admonishment, Never Be Afraid to Do the Right Thing. Healthcare executives should adopt the lessons in this book to take their leadership to the next level. While each chapter alone is worth the price of the book, as a former healthcare executive, I would encourage every healthcare leader to study the chapters entitled Crisis Management and Fund Raising.

The chapter on fund raising expands ones vision on the potential of what can be done and hospital foundation leaders and board members would benefit from Dr. Levey’s insight and direction. You can count on one hand the number of healthcare leaders that have had the tremendous successes in fund raising that Dr. Levey has had.

Aspiring healthcare leaders should study this book as a primer on how to lead a healthcare organization, no matter how small or large, and remember: Never Be Afraid to Do the Right Thing.

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About The Author

Dr. Gerald S. Levey, a nationally recognized leader in both academic medicine and private sector medical affairs, was vice chancellor, Medical Sciences, and dean of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA from 1994 to 2010. He is presently dean emeritus and the Lincy Foundation Distinguished Service Chair. He holds the academic rank of Distinguished Professor of Medicine in the Department of Medicine. As vice chancellor of Medical Sciences at UCLA, he oversaw a diverse medical enterprise includeing the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, the Stewart and Lynda Resnick UCLA Neuropsychiatric Hospital, the Mattel Children's Hospital, and Santa Monica/UCLA Medical Center and Orthopedic Hospital. 

Dr. Levey joined UCLA in September 1994, having previously served as senior vice president for Medical and Scientific Affairs at Merck & Co., one of the world's leading pharmaceutical companies. He has held major leadership positions throughout his career, includeing serving as chair of the Department of Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine from 1979-1991. He is past president of the Association of Professors of Medicine, was a member of the Board of Governors of the American Board of Internal Medicine and is a member of the Association of American Physicians. Dr. Levey is a member of the medical honorary society Alpha Omega Alpha, and is a recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. He received his Mastership from the American College of Physicians in 1997.

Dr. Levey is an internist and endocrinologist widely known for his research on the thyroid gland and the heart. He was named a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator while at the University of Miami from 1971-1979. Dr. Levey has developed a particular interest in issues of the nation's physician supply and the role of generalist physicians, and served as co-chair of the National Study of Internal Medicine Manpower from 1981-1991. He has authored or co-authored 210 scientific publications. Among his honors, he is the recipient of the UCLA Medal (the highest award given by UCLA); The Award of Extraordinary Merit, UCLA Medical Alumni Association; Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science Board Medal of Honor; and The American Jewish Committee Distinguished Leadership Award, among many others. 

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Written by one of this generations most successful academic leaders, this personal account extracts a host of useful principles of leadership from the firsthand ordeals he faced over many years of guiding a complex academic medical center through a myriad of foreseen and unforeseen challenges.
Jordan J. Cohen, MD
Professor of Medicine and Public Health, George Washington University
President Emeritus, Association of American Medical Colleges

His book is a "must-read" for aspiring leaders in every walk of life--from business to government. His goal was to help others achieve their dreams.
Gray Davis
37th Governor of the State of California

Dr. Gerald Levey is one of America's great leaders. You will learn how to take your leadership to the next level.
David T. Feinberg, MD, MBA
CEO, UCLA Hospital System

Dr. Levey has written an insightful and entertaining book on leadership, and it is a must-read for all those who aspire to leadership of larger organizations.
David Geffen

I have been fortunate to observe Dr. Levey's visionary leadership of UCLA's Academic Health Center for approximately the last ten years. The book should be required reading for all those individuals in business, government, and medicine who aspire to leadership. 
Robert A. Iger
President & CEO, The Walt Disney Company

The chapter devoted to fund-raising is instructive and perhaps unique in its approach. This chapter by itself is worth the price of the book. A must-read for all boards of directors, leaders, or aspiring leaders in every public and private institution.
Kirk Kerkorian
Chairman, President & CEO, Tracinda Corporation

Jerry's vision, intellect, integrity, experience, kindness, and humor shine through on every page.
Sherry Lansing
Former Chairman & CEO, Paramount Pictures
Founder of the Sherry Lansing Foundation

No one has had a closer seat over the past two decades at advancing leading-edge healthcare than Dr. Gerald Levey, and this timely book provides readers with "floor seats" to his leadership insights.
Amir Dan Rubin
President & CEO, Stanford Hospital & Clinics

Jerry Levey is known as the dean of medical school deans. During his long and illustrious term as Vice Chancellor of Health Sciences and Dean of the Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, he built one of the world's premier academic health centers. I have personally benefitted from Jerry's knowledge and generosity.
As a current dean, I could not help but believe that this book was written specifically to help me. However, I can easily see how leaders and aspiring leaders in academic medicine and beyond would benefit from these insights.
David Allen Brenner, MD
Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences & Dean of the School of Medicine at the University of California, San Diego

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Product Details

Title: Never Be Afraid to Do the Right Thing: A Leadership Guide in an Age of Change and Challenge
Authors: Gerald S. Levey, MD

Format: Hardcover - This book is also available in Paperback
Publisher: Second River Healthcare
Pub. Date: August 2011
Pages: 208
Edition Number: 1st
Language: English
ISBN-13: 978-1-936406-07-4
Product Dimensions: 8.875" x 5.625" x .875"

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