Rachel Levin first US federal transgender
Dr. Rachel Levin will go down in history as the first US federal transgender official, after President-elect Joe Biden nominated her for the assistant secretary of health, according to a statement published Tuesday.
Levin is currently working as a Secretary of Health in the US state of Pennsylvania and a professor of pediatrics and psychiatry at Penn State University School of Medicine and worked as a chief physicist in the state worker 2015, and her name was announced as the state’s health secretary in 2019 under the administration of Democratic Mayor Tom Wolfe.
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Rachel has written throughout her career on opioids, homeopathy, medical marijuana, eating disorders, and adolescent medication. She graduated from Harvard University and Tulane College of Medicine and continued her training in pediatrics and adolescent medicine at Mt. Sinai Medical Center in New York City.
“Dr. Rachel Lavigne will bring the strict leadership and the necessary expertise we need to get people out of this pandemic, regardless of zip code, race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and disability, and will meet our country’s medical needs at this critical time and after that,” Biden said in a statement. “It is a historic choice and possesses the necessary qualifications to assist the health efforts of our administration,” he said.
It is noteworthy that Biden is expected to become president of the United States of America on Wednesday, to become the 46th president and end the 4-year period in which Donald Trump assumed this position.