Levy receives 2015 Magnuson Award
Dr. Charles Levy, playing banjo, jams with guitarist Billy Mize, who visited the Gainesville VA to take part in an innovative speech therapy program. Mize's story can be found here
. (Photo by Greg Westlye)
Dr. Charles Levy, playing banjo, jams with guitarist Billy Mize, who visited the Gainesville VA to take part in an innovative speech therapy program. Mize's story can be found here. (Photo by Greg Westlye)
Dr. Charles Levy is the recipient of the 2015 Paul B. Magnuson Award, the highest honor given to investigators by VA Rehabilitation Research and Development.
Levy is chief of physical medicine and rehabilitation at the North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System, and the site co-director of the Center of Innovation on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, which is sponsored by the VA Health Services Research and Development Service.
Among Levy's accomplishments have been spearheading advances in power mobility; using telehealth to reach out to rural Veterans with disabilities; and using live video to deliver virtual rehabilitation services into Veterans' homes. He is currently working on a project to use a virtual reality environment to help assess and treat cognitive and emotional issues stemming from PTSD or traumatic brain injury (TBI).
Levy is also recognized as the world's top expert on rehabilitation care for a rare genetic condition called fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva, and is a state champion fiddler and banjo player who delights in sharing his musical talents with Gainesville VA hospital patients and staff.
The Magnuson Award honors the life and legacy of Dr. Paul B Magnuson, who as a bone and joint surgeon continuously sought new treatments and devices for assisting his patients as they faced unique situations presented by their disability. The award is presented annually to a VA investigator who exemplifies the entrepreneurship, humanitarianism, and dedication to Veterans Magnuson displayed.