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September 15, 2018

As NYU begins a new academic year, NYU alumnus and former NYU Alumni Association (NYUAA) Vice President Brian Levine (GSAS ’03, MED ’08) takes the helm as president of the NYUAA—the umbrella organization for all 500,000 plus University alumni. Brian takes the reins from Heather Cannady (CAS ’04), who served the organization as president from 2016–2018 and will receive this year’s Meritorious Service Award for her extraordinary service and continuing devotion to NYU.

Brian Levine (GSAS ’03, MED ’08)

Brian, who joined the NYUAA Board in 2014, is also a member of NYU’s Board of Trustees. After earning his undergraduate degree at Cornell University, Brian attended NYU, where he received a master’s in molecular biology and his medical degree.  

He later completed his residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Columbia University Medical Center/NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and then completed his fellowship in reproductive endocrinology and infertility at Weill Cornell Medical College/ NewYork Presbyterian Hospital. Brian is the founding partner and practice director of CCRM New York and is board-certified in both reproductive endocrinology and infertility and obstetrics and gynecology.

Meet Brian

What are you most excited about as you begin your term as president of the NYUAA?

As we start the 2018–2019 academic year, I am thrilled to be the President of the NYUAA! Over our 187-year history, we have amassed an alumni base that has grown to more than 500,000 strong, and we have now have Alumni Clubs in almost every corner of the globe! I look forward to strengthening our alumni’s personal connections and helping our fellow alumni learn about the amazing alumni resources that NYU has to offer.

Why do you stay involved with NYU?

I have always said that NYU is an addictive place. From the moment I arrived on campus as a graduate student, I always felt that NYU was investing resources in me as a student as much I was investing myself into being a student.

Why would you encourage other alumni to get involved?

I’ve always believed that engrained in NYU’s DNA is a culture of pay-it-forward for the next generation. Our actions as alumni can positively change student trajectories for years to come. More than just giving money, giving time, offering support, opening our homes; these actions are the lasting memories that students have about their NYU experiences.

What is something your fellow alumni would be surprised to know about you?

Not only did I attend NYU for both graduate school and medical school, but I also worked for NYU between graduate school and medical school! I’ve worn many Violet hats, and I’ve always had a great experience no matter the title on my NYU Card.

So that alumni can get to know you a bit better, we're borrowing from Vogue's 73 questions, and adding a few of our own:

On a scale of 1-10, how excited are you about life right now?

110! We live in a VERY exciting time. We are having public discourse and conversations about politics, we are seeing scientific innovations moving at lightning speed, and the economy, like a rocket, continues to climb!

Describe yourself in a hashtag:


Dream country to visit?


What are three things you can’t live without?

  1. My family
  2. NYC Pizza
  3. Exercise

Favorite app?


Superpower you would want?

The ability to travel back in time.

What three people living or dead would you like to have dinner with?

  1. My great grandfather who immigrated to this country in the last 19th century
  2. Drs. Patrick Steptoe and Robert Edwards, inventors of In Vitro Fertilization
  3. Leonardo da Vinci (although I’d like an interpreter present)

Favorite NYU alumni celebrity?

Rick Rubin or Jonas Salk—both are creative geniuses!