Sondra W Levin


Department of Primary Appointment:
School of Medicine
Chief, Genetics Section, Dept. of Pediatrics, Walter Reed Nat'l Military Medical Ctr (retired May 2015)
Location: Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD
Research Interests:
clinical genetics


B.A. in Biology, Magna Cum Laude, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA (1977)
M.D., SUNY - Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY (1981)


After graduating from medical school Dr. Levin went on to do internship and residency training in pediatrics at the University of Maryland Hospital in Baltimore, MD. She then completed a genetics fellowship at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). She was subsequently recruited to serve as a pediatrician and clinical geneticist in the Department of Pediatrics at Walter Reed Army Medical Center/Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. She has also maintained appointments at the NIH and USUHS.

Representative publications, projects, and/or deployments

Mead Johnson Award for Excellence in Pediatric Research, University of Maryland Hospital - 1983

Special Act Award, Walter Reed Army Medical Center - 1989

National Human Genome Research Institute Appreciation Certificate for service and mentoring of genetics training programs, National Institutes of Health - 2003

Commander's Award for Civilian Service, Walter Reed Army Medical Center - 2003

National Human Genome Research Institute Appreciation Certificate for twelve years of leadership to establish and maintain genetics training programs - 2011

Exceptional Civilian Service Award, National Capital Region Medical Directorate - 2015


Levin, SW, Baker, EH, Zein, WM et al. Oral cysteamine bitartrate and N-acetylcysteine for patients with infantile neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis: a pilot study. Lancet Neurol. 13: 777-787, 2014.

Baker, EH, Levin, SW, Zhang, Z, and Mukherjee, AB. Evaluation of disease progression in INCL by MR spectroscopy, Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology. 2: 797-809, 2015.

Baker, EH, Levin, SW, Zhang, Z, Mukherjee, AB. MRI Brain Volume Measurements in Infantile Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinosis. Am. J. Neuroradiol. 38: 376-382, 2017.