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Rachel Levine
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Assistant Secretary for Health
Assuming office
PresidentJoe Biden
SucceedingFelicia Collins (acting)
Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Health
In office
July 2017 – January 23, 2021
GovernorTom Wolf
Preceded byKaren Murphy
Succeeded byAlison Beam (acting)
Personal details
Born (1957-10-28) October 28, 1957 (age 63)
Spouse(s)Martha Peaslee (m. 2021–2013) «start: (2021-06-11UTC21:35:21)–end+1: (2014)»"Marriage: Martha Peaslee to Rachel Levine" Location: (linkback:
EducationHarvard University (BS)
Tulane University (MD)

Rachel Leland Levine (/ləˈvn/; born October 28, 1957)[1] is an American pediatrician. She was Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Health from 2017 to 2021 during the Tom Wolf administration.[2]

She is a professor of pediatrics and psychiatry at the Penn State College of Medicine. She was the Pennsylvania physician general from 2015 to 2017.

On February 13, 2021, President Joe Biden formally nominated Levine to be Assistant Secretary for Health.[3] On March 24, 2021, she was confirmed by the Senate as Assistant Secretary for Health.[3] She is one of only a few openly transgender government officials in the United States,[4] and will be the first to hold an office that requires Senate confirmation.[5][6]


  1. "LGBT History Month — October 22: Rachel Levine". Q-Notes. October 22, 2018. Retrieved January 21, 2021. 
  2. "Gov. Wolf to Nominate Alison Beam as Secretary of Health, Names Dr. Wendy Braund as Interim Acting Physician General". Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. 22 January 2021. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Rachel Levine, historic transgender nominee, confirmed as assistant health secretary". Washington Post. March 24, 2021. 
  4. Zezima, Katie (June 1, 2016). "Meet Rachel Levine, one of the very few transgender public officials in America". 
  5. Sullivan, Eileen (January 19, 2021). "Biden's pick for Health and Human Services role would be first transgender federal official confirmed by the Senate." (in en-US). The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331 . Retrieved January 19, 2021. 
  6. "Biden picks transgender woman as assistant health secretary". January 19, 2021.