Jenni Levy ’82 S82 majored in English with a concentration in American Studies and received an MD from New York Medical College in 1986. She completed residency and primary care fellowship at Kaiser Foundation Hospital in Santa Clara, CA. She spent twenty years practicing and teaching primary care internal medicine in Allentown, PA, before becoming the Medical Director of St Luke’s Hospice in 2009. She now provides advice and consultation in advance planning and end-of-life care through her own business, Jenni Levy LLC, and works full-time doing home visits for Landmark Health, where she serves as the regional leader in Palliative Care.
Throughout her career, she has focused on the clinician/patient relationship. She completed advanced training in communication skills and small-group facilitation through the Academy of Communication in Healthcare, and is currently on the ACH Board as immediate Past President. Jenni lives in Allentown with her husband, David Smith ’82; their daughter is a first-year student at San Diego State University. She sings in the Lehigh Valley Chorale and serves as the Vice-President of the Chorale Board, and is the volunteer lay hazzan for Congregation Am Haskalah. She also competes in (but does not win) crossword-puzzle tournaments. Jenni writes essays and poetry; her work has appeared in Pulse: Voices from the Heart of Medicine and the Annals of Internal Medicine. She writes about crosswords at crosswordfiend.com and about medicine and parenting at mothersinmedicine.com.