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Bruce Levy M.D.

Medical Examiner
 
Partners Healthcare

02114, United States

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Dr. Bruce P. Levy is a physician, pathologist and medical examiner with an interest in forensic medicine, medical informatics and medical management. He is board certified by the American Board of Pathology in anatomic pathology, clinical pathology and forensic pathology. One area of specific interest for Dr. Bruce Levy is child death investigation. Upon arriving in Nashville Tennessee, Dr. Levy was asked to take a second look at a death that had occurred the year before in a young child believed to be a victim of Munchausen’s Syndrome by Proxy (MSP). This is a condition where a parent or caregiver induces symptoms in a child for the goal of attaining attention. Dr. Levy was provided several boxes of medical records and police reports. The district attorney needed to know whether or not to arrest the parents in the death of their child. The parents wanted to sue the hospital for a false allegation. MSP are complicated cases in general, and this case was even more complex than most. In the midst of reorganizing a medical examiner office in crisis and performing autopsies, Dr. Bruce Levy undertook this extensive review. Dr. Levy found that this child did have significant medical conditions that were real, yet undiagnosed by multiple caregivers. The parents were going to many different doctors and hospitals in an attempt to discover what was wrong with their child. Their frustration was expressed with a pushy and aggressive attitude that was misinterpreted as suspicious. The key in this case was that even after child protective services had taken custody of the child and kept the parents away from him, the child’s condition did not improve, but continued to deteriorate. Dr. Bruce Levy’s expert decision that this death was not the result of Munchausen’s Syndrome by Proxy prevented an already tragic situation from becoming a greater tragedy had the parents been arrested, charged and prosecuted for the death of their child. Dr. Levy also stood up to the medical establishment at this hospital who insisted the death was from abuse. Yet Dr. Levy also concluded that it was reasonable, under the circumstances, that the hospital reported this case as suspicious for abuse. Due to the diligence and expertise of Dr. Bruce Levy, justice was served.

Studied at Massachusetts Institute of Technology Bachelor Chemistry

Medical Examiner, Forensic Medicine, Medical Informatics, Medical Management

Dr. Bruce P. Levy, Medical Examiner, Arrest, Nashville, Tennessee

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