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Jules D. Levin, M.D.

March 8th, 2002

Longtime Milwaukee neurologist Jules D. Levin, M.D., of River Hills died Feb. 16 of complications of cancer. He was 87.

The Milwaukee native was one of the first physicians trained in the specialty of neurosurgery. He graduated in 1931 from South Division High School and received his bachelor’s degree in 1936 and his medical degree in 1938 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He interned at Wisconsin General Hospital in Madison and served a neurosurgical residency and fellowship at the University of Minnesota Hospitals.

After his discharge as a captain in the Army Medical Corps, he returned in 1948 to Milwaukee, where he established his private practice in neurosurgery. One of the few neurosurgeons in the state, he traveled extensively to area hospitals, serving as a diagnostician to help determine if surgery would be beneficial. After retiring in 1982, he continued as a neurosurgical consultant until 1992.

Among his professional memberships are: diplomat, American Board of Neurological Society; fellow, American College of Surgeons; American Association of Neurological Surgeons; Royal Society of Medicine, London; past president, Wisconsin and Milwaukee County medical societies and the Milwaukee Neuropsychiatric Society; and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons.

He was affiliated with St. Luke’s, St. Francis, Sinai-Samaritan, St. Michael, West Allis Memorial and Milwaukee Children’s hospitals, where he served in senior staff and honorary staff positions. He also was a consultant to the Milwaukee County Medical Complex and Veterans Hospital.

He received the Special Presidential Award for Distinguished Service in Neurosurgery in 1984 from the Wisconsin Neurological Society and the Distinguished Service Award from the Milwaukee County Medical Society in 1987.

Throughout his career, he was a frequent speaker on medical issues, including medical politics. He urged caution on HMOs, and encouraged colleagues to go beyond the practice of medicine and become active in all elements of the changing social and political environment. In 1978, as president of the State Medical Society of Wisconsin, he asked then-President Jimmy Carter to intervene on behalf of the Wisconsin Medicaid program, which he declared “a disaster area.”

He and his late wife, Beverly Levin (nee Lubotsky), were longtime members of Congregation Emanu-El B’ne Jeshurun. She died in 1998.

His special interests included gardening, woodworking, reading and listening to opera.
He is survived by daughter Ellen (Jess) Levin of Fox Point; sons Ronald Levin of Thiensville and Bruce (Inez) Levin of Tampa, Fla.; and seven grandsons.

Rabbi Steve Adams officiated at the funeral on Feb. 19. Burial was in Second Home Cemetery.

Memorial contributions to the Wisconsin Society for Jewish Learning would be appreciated by the family.