Roneet Lev, MD, FACEP
Emergency Room Physician, Scripps Mercy Hospital; former Chief Medical Officer of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy
Roneet Lev, MD, FACEP
Dr. Lev, MD, FACEP is the director of operations of the
Scripps Mercy Emergency Department, San Diego campus. She chairs the Emergency Medicine Oversight Commission (EMOC) with the San Diego County Medical Society, uniting all 19 emergency departments in San Diego to improve emergency care for the community. She has been practicing medicine at the hospital since 1993, was board certified in emergency medicine in 1995 and recertified in 2005.
Dr. Lev was the first Chief Medical Officer of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP). She brought refreshing frontline medical experience to national health policy. She is a nationally acclaimed medical expert and speaker who continues to treat patients in the emergency department. From 20002001, Dr. Lev served as President of the California Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians, representing more than 3,000 emergency physicians in California. She is Founder and President of IEPC, Independent Emergency Physicians Consortium, an organization providing collaboration to independent emergency departments in California.
In 2012, she established and chaired the San Diego Prescription Drug Abuse Medical Task Force, the first of its kind in California that integrated physicians of various specialties along with hospitals, law enforcement, hospital administration, treatment programs and public health for the purpose of decreasing deaths and mortality from prescription drugs. Her program on Safe Prescribing in the emergency department won the 2014 National Association of Counties award. The California US Attorney's office nominated her for the White House Champion of Change Award. Dr. Lev is an energetic leader with a passion to assist communities in preventing and treating addiction.
As a mother of four she relates to families who struggle. Dr. Lev uses data to drive change and is frequently quoted in print and television media. Dr. Lev is dually board certified in emergency and addiction medicine, bringing over 25 years of experience treating the frontline cases of addiction. Dr. Lev’s medical publications, known as the “Death Diaries,” studied the details of prescription patterns of people who died from accidental medication drug overdoses, giving insight to the causes of overdose and directing prevention efforts. She was also featured in “Trauma Life in the ER” on the Learning Channel TV series, episode titled “In the Navy.”
Dr. Lev graduated from the University of Texas Medical School in San Antonio and completed her emergency medicine residency training at the University of California, San Diego.