Rachel Levine - Updated Jul 2024

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Rachel Levine

Rachel Levine is a well-known American paediatrician and politician. Rachel Levine has currently serving as the United States Assistant Secretary for Health since March 26, 2021.

Early Life

Born as Rachel Leland Levine better known as Rachel Levine who was born on the 28th of October 1957, in Wakefield, Massachusetts, the United States.

According to the astrological chart, she has a birth sign of Libra and she is currently 66 years old. She holds a US nationality and belongs to the White-American ethnicity. Similarly, she practices the Jewish religion.

She was born to her parents Melvin Levine and Lillian Levine. Both of her parents were lawyers by profession. She grew up with her elder sister, Bonnie Levine who is four older than Rachel. However, there is very little known about her early childhood life.

Rachel Levine – Education

Moving forward to her academic background, she went to Hebrew School. She received a high school diploma from Belmont Hill School in Belmont, Massachusetts, and enrolled at Harvard College.

Later, she went to Tulane University School of Medicine. She completed a residency in paediatrics and a postdoctoral fellowship in adolescent medicine at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in Manhattan, New York.

Professional Career

Initially, Rachel Levine started working as a trainee in paediatrics at the New York City Mount Sinai Hospital. For five years, she worked there from 1988 to 1993. In 1993, she moved to Pennsylvania and joined the staff at Penn State Hershey Medical Center.

While at Penn State Hershey Medical Center, she established the adolescent medicine division and eating disorders clinic. In accordance with this, she was nominated by Pennsylvania Governor-elect Tom Wolf to be the state’s Physician General in 2015.

Rachel Levine

Caption: Rachel Levine serving as the United States Assistant Secretary for Health (Source: 90.5 WESA)

She served as Physician General for two years, till 2017. Additionally, she signed an order allowing law enforcement officials to carry the anti-overdose medicine naloxone while in the position. She was appointed as Secretary of Health by the Pennsylvania State Senate in 2017 and held the position till 2021. Serving as a Secretary of Health, she gave more attention to the public health response to COVID-19 in Pennsylvania.

The US President, Joe Biden nominated her to be assistant secretary for health on the 13th of February 2021. She was commissioned as a four-star admiral in the United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps (PHSCC) on October 19, 2021. With her appointment, she became the PHSCC’s first female four-star admiral and the US’s first openly transgender four-star officer.


Rachel has earned several awards, honours, and decorations in her career. “Public Health Service Presidential Unit Citation,” “Department of Homeland Security Outstanding Unit Award,” “Public Health Service COVID-19 Pandemic Campaign Medal,” “Public Health Service Regular Corps Ribbon,” “Public Health Service Regular Corps Ribbon,” “Commissioned Corps Training Ribbon,” “Assistant Secretary for Health Badge,” and “Office of the Secretary of Health and Human Services Badge” are some of her medals and recognitions. She was named as one of the USA Today’s Women of the Year in 2022.

Rachel Levine – Net Worth 2023

Currently, she is serving as an Assistant Secretary for Health and has quite good earnings from her professional career. As of 2023, this politician’s net worth is estimated at around $13 million while her salary and income are still unknown.

Relationship Status

As of now, Rachel Levine is currently single and not dating anyone at the moment. However, she was married to Martha Peaslee Levine in 1988, during Levine’s last year of medical school.

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Caption: Rachel Levine with her ex-wife and their kids (Source: Massachusetts Family Institute)

The couple had been together for almost 20 years and had two children. However, they divorced in 2013. In 2011, she changed from male to female. She formerly served on the board of Equality Pennsylvania, an LGBT rights organization.

Body Measurements

This American politician stands 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighs around 70 kg (154 lbs). In addition, she has a pair of blue eyes with white hair colour and her other body measurement is under review.

Rachel Levine – Social Media

On her Twitter page ‘@SecretaryLevine’ there are over 48.4k followers. Meanwhile, she is not active on Facebook and Twitter.