Dr. Dennis Levinson Biography & Presentation
Dr. Dennis Levinson is a Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at University of Illinois, Chicago. He received his undergraduate education at the University of Illinois and attended the Rosalind Franklin University (formerly Chicago Medical School). After spending three years in medicine residency at Michael Reese Hospital, and military service, he did his fellowship training in rheumatology at the University of Chicago. He has been in the practice of Rheumatology for 40 years.
Dr. Levinson is board certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology, and a Founding Fellow of the American College of Rheumatology. He is a past president of the Chicago Rheumatism Society and was Chief of Service and Program Director of Internal Medicine, Michael Reese Hospital, Chicago (1999-2008). Currently, he sits on the board of the Michael Reese Research and Education Foundation devoted to the legacy of Michael Reese Hospital through the funding of scholarships for minorities. Dr. Levinson has published over 76 articles, abstracts and book chapters and continues to participate in clinical research. He participated in the first Stem Cell Transplant for Sickle Cell Disease in the Chicagoland area. In 2016 he received the Hispanocare Outstanding Community Award for scholarship support in the Latino community.
AmySue Mertens Biography & Presentation
AmySue Mertens is a Vice President at Ogilvy, a renowned international company that has been producing iconic, culture-changing marketing campaigns since the day its founder David Ogilvy opened up shop in 1948 that now represents a client roster of numerous Fortune Global 500 companies and local businesses across 131 offices in 83 countries. Mertens joined Ogilvy’s Chicago office in 2017 and has directed PR, community & government relations, and corporate responsibility for several clients including FEMA, the Chicago Fire Department Foundation, and the City of Chicago. Her background includes work on Education, the Environment, Housing, Community Development, Banking (CDFI), Drug Use Interventions, and Criminal Justice Reform.
Previous to Ogilvy, she held communications and community relations positions with Chicago Public Schools, Ingenuity, IFF, and University of Illinois. She’s run for the Illinois state senate and has served on a number boards of directors including Chicago Access Network Television (CAN TV), the Chicago Area Public Affairs Group (CAPAG) and a statewide gun violence prevention organization.
She earned her BS and MS in Advertising from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.