Tuesday, July 25, 2023

Levin to Step Down as CEO and Medical Director of APA in May 2024

APA CEO and Medical Director Saul Levin, M.D., M.P.A., has announced that he is resigning from the position effective May 31, 2024.

In a statement to the APA membership, the Board of Trustees wrote, “Dr. Levin started his tenure as APA CEO and Medical Director in July of 2013 and since then has led APA with vision and care. Under his leadership, APA has rebranded, moved its headquarters back into the District of Columbia, and purchased its office space. He oversaw the establishment of APA’s PsychPRO mental health registry and the build out of APA’s Communications, Government Relations, Policy, and Diversity and Health Equity teams.

“We will celebrate these and many other of his accomplishments at the 2024 APA Annual Meeting in New York. Dr. Levin plans to remain active in global psychiatry and to become more invested in the World Psychiatric Association.”

The Board has appointed a committee to lead the search for APA’s next CEO and Medical Director. Past APA President Maria Oquendo, M.D., has agreed to chair the committee; the committee members are Bob Batterson, M.D., Frank Brown, M.D., M.B.A., David Fassler, M.D., Tanuja Gandhi, M.D., Patrice Harris, M.D., M.A., and Steve Koh, M.D., M.P.H., M.B.A. APA has retained the national search firm of Heidrick & Struggles to work with the search committee and identify candidates who can continue to build upon the successes APA has achieved during Levin’s tenure.

“Saul Levin’s leadership of APA over the past decade has been transformative,” said APA President Petros Levounis, M.D., M.A., told Psychiatric News. “He has been both visionary and pragmatic, and he leaves our organization with solid achievements. We are saddened to see him go, but we know that we can look forward to working with him closely as he becomes more engaged with the World Psychiatric Association.”

In an email message to staff today, Levin noted that he began his affiliation with APA 37 years ago as an APA/APAF Leadership Fellow. “Working with this organization and with the amazing staff has been one of the most gratifying experiences of my professional life,” he said. “Together we have made a difference for our members and for their patients.”

The position description for CEO and Medical Director is posted here. Questions about the position and the search should be directed to APACEO@heidrick.com.


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