ST. MARYS, Georgia: November 25, 2020 – Children visit pediatricians and adults visit primary care or family medicine providers, but patients in good health rarely need the skills of a health care specialist. Since the rise of COVID-19, however, the skills of pulmonary specialist Herman Levy, M.D., have certainly been appreciated by all of Camden County.
A board-certified internist at Southeast Georgia Physician Associates-Pulmonary Medicine, Levy has treated Health System patients with lung disease for nearly 30 years. With an additional specialization in critical care medicine, Levy’s skills are especially helpful as Southeast Georgia Health System battles the potentially deadly virus.
“It’s a very rewarding time to be a pulmonary specialist contributing to the fight against coronavirus,” says Levy. “As a credentialed physician with the Camden Campus hospital, I am part of a multidisciplinary medical team who treat COVID-19 patients. In particular, I care for patients with respiratory complications from the virus.”
Since 2017, Levy commutes an hour from his home in Brunswick, Ga. to serve the Camden County community. “Camden is a warm and welcoming area. I am so honored to care for the people who live here,” he says. The Golden Isles are especially dear to his heart after a youth spent in snowy climates.
Levy’s interest in medicine began in his native New Jersey. At 14, he worked as a clerk at a drug store, and his high school years were spent at New York Military Academy in New York State, an experience that instilled the discipline and focus required for a medical career. He completed his undergraduate degree at Montana State University in Bozeman and received his medical degree from the University of Heidelberg in Germany. While abroad, he worked as a medical technologist in a U.S. Army hospital. He completed an internship and residency at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago and his fellowship training at the SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse.
After returning to the U.S., Levy made his mark in Central New York while helping to improve their emergency response system. Under his tutelage, first responders advanced their knowledge of emergency care. This was an important development in a region where hospitals were few and far between. Levy aided in overseeing classes, providing hands-on experience and certifying emergency personnel. As a result, “patients arrived [at hospitals] in a better, more stable condition than ever before.”
While patients benefit from his expertise, they can appreciate his bedside manner as well. Whether treating a patient with COVID-19, or a more traditional disease such as lung cancer or Chronic Pulmonary Obstructive Disease (COPD), Levy prefers a “holistic” approach.
“The most important aspect of medicine is listening,” Levy says. “That’s how I develop a patient-doctor relationship. I strive to understand their story and treat the whole patient, not just the organ system.”
Levy hopes that his empathetic care encourages patients to embrace his suggestions. “Lifestyle is crucial to our quality of life. I emphasize the importance of not smoking and avoiding situations that are injurious to their lungs and overall well-being.” Working with patients who struggle to breathe requires calm and compassion. Levy’s family ties – his wife, Joni, five grown children, and ten grandchildren – put life in perspective. And nothing counteracts a hard day at the hospital like coming home to the antics of the teacup poodles his wife raises. He also enjoys delving into his interest in history.
Reflecting on his blessings, Levy says his career is high on the list. “I’m grateful I became a doctor and fulfilled my desire to make people’s lives better.”
Herman Levy, M.D., can be reached at Southeast Georgia Physician Associates-Pulmonary Medicine in St. Marys, 912-540-6740.
About Southeast Georgia Health System
Southeast Georgia Health System is a not-for-profit health system comprised of two acute care hospitals, two long term care facilities, two comprehensive Cancer Care Centers and multiple specialty care centers, including orthopedic and spine care, joint replacement, breast care, maternity, outpatient rehabilitation, sleep management and wound care. The Brunswick Campus Cancer Care Center is accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer and offers the only CyberKnife® M6 with MLC technology in Georgia. Additionally, the Southeast Georgia Physician Associates medical group includes more than 140 providers working in 20 different medical specialties at more than 50 locations. The Health System is part of Coastal Community Health, a regional affiliation between Baptist Health and Southeast Georgia Health System forming a highly integrated hospital network focused on significant initiatives designed to enhance the quality and value of care provided to our contiguous communities. For more information, visit sghs.org.