Art & Medicine

Belated Victory for Artists at 5Pointz

Three years ago I biked across the Queensboro Bridge to admire and photograph the spraypainted graffiti murals at the fabled location in Long Island City known as 5Pointz.  Painted on the walls of a 200,000 square foot factory building, 5Pointz had a reputation as the epicenter

  1.12.2017

A Sketch of My Nobel Prize Winning Professor

As an undergraduate ‘pre-med’ student at Brandeis University, my major was molecular biology.  I completed my senior thesis with a brilliant professor named Mike Rosbash who taught my genetics class.  After graduation, I stayed in his lab, taking a year off doing experiments while applying to

  10.11.2017

Talking About My Art Teachers

  In recent years I’ve devoted considerable time to developing my artistic skills.  To do this I’ve sought out teachers who inspire and help hone my ability to convey line, form, and emotion with pen, ink, and paint.  This post will present a few of those

  4.11.2017

Subway Sketch!

I’ve gotten into the habit of carrying my sketch tools in the NYC Subway, where there is no more interesting place to see the ebb and flow of humanity.  You need to sketch quick as people are constantly moving around and blocking your view.  Join me

  22.10.2017

Rediscovering my Art Supplies in the Arizona Desert

In 2012 I rediscovered my art supplies that were in storage for years, and decided to get reacquainted. So I threw sketchbooks, pens, and paints into a backpack and flew to Phoenix, rented a car, and drove out to the desert to commune with the warm sun,

  6.10.2017

Poetry in the Subway

The New York City subway is not the place you’d expect poety, but I try to capture it in my art.  I carry my sketchbooks every day down under the streets as I commute back and forth to work.  My on-the-spot sketches are done in pencil,

  30.09.2017

A Geriatrician Reviews Cicero’s “On Old Age”

As a geriatrician entering the twilight of my career, I look to the philosophers of my field for guidance on how to navigate my own later years. In addition to contemporary texts and journals I turned toward the ancients and discovered a gem in the writings

  25.09.2017

Watercolor and Urban Sketching in Italy

Last May I spent time in Rome and Tuscany, eating wonderful food, drinking wine, and sketching the city and countryside where opportunities to make and view art abound.  These are my choices of the best images from my trip. Take the stairs down to the banks

  16.09.2017

Combining Art and Medicine

I love the look and feel of old medical textbooks.  Their authorative aura was often enhanced by leather binding. They harken back to a time before the internet, when medical knowledge was priveliged information available to only a few. When I transformed this old medical textbook

  16.07.2017

Views of a Lost Manhattan Landmark

I was saddened by the blaze that destroyed Beth Medrash Hagadol, the 167 year old landmarked synagogue on the Lower East Side.  The building was not in use since 2007, and I photographed this structure when it had an active congregation in 1987.  When I heard

  4.07.2017

Dr. Jeffrey M. Levine has authored numerous articles on topics related to healthcare of the elderly. These include medical history, prevention and treatment of chronic wounds such as pressure ulcers, elder neglect and abuse, and physical restraints. He has also edited a book on legal and regulatory aspects of nursing homes.