Maurice Lev

Maurice Lev (1908 – 1994)

Maurice Lev (1908 – 1994) was an American cardiologist.

Author of over 500 publications in the field of congenital heart diseases and cardiac conduction system pathologies. First publication: ‘Transposition of the Large Vessels’ (1937). Passionate teacher, lecturing at all the medical schools in Chicago, hospitals, and numerous conferences

Eponymously affiliated with Lev disease described in 1964

  • Born November 13, 1908 in St.Joseph, Missouri
  • 1930 – B.S. degree from New York University
  • 1934 – M.D. degree from Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska
  • 1935-40 Residency in pathology at Michael Reese Hospital, Chicago, Illinois
  • 1941 – Diplomat in Pathological Anatomy
  • 1942-46 Served in the US Army as captain, commanding officer of the Fourth Medical Laboratory, and discharged as lieutenant colonel
  • 1943 Diplomat in Clinical Pathology
  • 1946-47 Assistant Professor of pathology, Creighton University
  • 1947-51 Assistant Professor (1947-48), and Associate Professor of Pathology(1948-51), Pathology Department, University of Illinois
  • 1951-57 Director of Laboratories, Mt. Sinai Hospital, Miami Beach, Florida
  • 1957-82 Director of the Congenital Heart Disease Research and Training Center, Hektoen Institute, Chicago, Illinois
  • 1966 – Master of Philosophy, Northwestern University, Chicago. Thesis title: ’Whitehead’s Theory of Evolution
  • 1982-88 Director of the Clinical Laboratories at Deborah Heart and Lung Center,Browns Mills, New Jersey
  • 1988-94 Associate Director of the Congenital Heart and Conduction System Center, Heart Institute for Children, Christ Hospital and Medical Center (Illinois), and Professor of Pathology at Rush University (Chicago)
  • Died February 4, 1994

Medical Eponyms
Lenègre-Lev disease (1964)

Acquired complete heart block. Fibrous transformation progressive and slow, of degenerative origin, of the two branches of the bundle of His, resulting in progressive conduction disorders:

  • block of branch with or without hemiblock of the opposite side
  • then complete, paroxysmal then permanent block of auriculoventricular (disease of Adams-Stokes).

1964Jean Lenègre, of the Hopital Boucicaut in Paris, described progressive fibrosis of the ventricular conduction system in a series of articles published in French in the 1950s; his first and major reference in English appeared in 1964 [PMID 14153648]

1964Maurice Lev, of the University of Miami, saw a similar sclerodegenerative process, often with calcification, in an older age group [PMID 14237429]

Major Publications


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