About Doug Levy
He has worked with security teams and law enforcement to leverage social media for early warnings of potential issues and as a tool to prevent and mediate risks, including communications during emergencies.
A true early adopter (his first computer was an Osborne-1) and innovator (first USA Today reporter with an email address,) Doug’s investigative reporting revealed tobacco industry secret research on cancer and addiction, mismanagement at celebrity-run charities, and conflicts of interest in medicine.
His ability to dig deep and recognize details that others miss enables him to identify potential crises and work with clients to minimize reputation loses or harmful backlash.
After leaving USA Today at the end of 1999, Doug joined Fleishman-Hillard public relations, where he counseled technology, biotech, pharma and hospital companies on reputation management and helped navigate crises ranging from failed clinical trials to product recalls, industrial accidents, federal investigations, and corporate changes. In 2004, he became chief of staff and director of communications for David Kessler, the former FDA commissioner who was dean of medicine at UCSF from 2004-2008. Doug moved to New York in 2010 to become chief communications officer at Columbia University Medical Center. At UCSF and Columbia, Doug led efforts to integrate social media and other new approaches to communications for public safety. At UCSF, he helped increase awareness about emergency planning and increased compliance with the university’s emergency preparation standards by more than 30%.
Doug writes about health, science, and technology and consults on communications strategy, issues management, and emergency communications. His wide range of experience in multiple disciplines forms the backbone of Doug Levy Strategic Communications LLC, a new communications consultancy formed in 2015.
He is admitted to practice law in Maryland and is a member of the American Bar Association, the International Association of Chiefs of Police (PIO Section,) and the National Association of Science Writers.
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