Macey Levan

Limited Term Lecturer

Department of Public Health


I am an Associate Professor of Surgery and Population Health at the NYU Grossman School of Medicine, and the Director of the Center for Surgical and Transplant Applied Research Qualitative Core at the NYU Langone Transplant Institute, with an NIH and DoD funded research program. I have authored more than 90 publications in top medical and scientific journals, and my team is comprised of internationally renowned world experts. While tenure-track faculty at Johns Hopkins, I served as the Director of Policy and External Affairs for our $100M grant-funded transplant research enterprise, which we grew to be the largest and most prolific in the world.

My experience and expertise includes governance at the federal level, where I served a three year term as an elected Director of the national transplant system—U.S. Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I also was elected to the Executive Committee, and the Nominating Committee, and have served multiple organ specific committees and policy workgroups including Data Advisory, Kidney, Living Donor, and Patient Affairs.

Our research impacts decision making about national organ allocation and transplant system performance, and calls for transparency and accountability with federal transplant policy. We find evidence based ways to support patients and donor families, work with hospital leadership, community groups, and national professional societies to develop and evaluate new programs and policies to reduce disparities.

Our team’s science is law and life changing. We’ve figured out how to help people living with HIV get kidney transplants, wounded warriors to have life-changing hand and face transplants, and people who donate a kidney or liver get the best care after saving a life. We work with organ donor families in their grief journey and how to talk about new types of donation and transplant realities (like xenotransplantation) to patients, and the American public.
I teach in the MHA program at Purdue University, and remain adjunct faculty at Johns Hopkins. I am a former fellow of the Maryland New Leaders Council that recruits, trains and promotes young leaders ranging from elected officials and civically engaged leaders in business, and industry. I also serve on the Mass Media Committee for the National Physical Activity Plan.


  • PhD, 2016, Indiana University Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health
  • JD, 2011, Indiana University Maurer School of Law

Areas of Expertise

  • qualitative research
  • health policy
  • organ donation and transplantation
  • implementation science