Levi S. Downs, Jr, MD, MS

DownsDr. Downs, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women’s Health and Director of the Division of Gynecologic Oncology. He is the Co-Lead of the Women’s Cancer Program at the Masonic Cancer Center, University Of Minnesota.

Dr. Downs received his medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He did his residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Magee-Women’s Hospital at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Dr. Downs completed a fellowship in gynecologic oncology at the University of Minnesota and has a Master of Science degree in clinical research from the University Of Minnesota School of Public Health.

Dr. Downs has served as principal investigator for numerous clinical trials investigating ovarian and cervical cancers, chemotherapy, and therapeutic and preventive approaches to HPV related diseases. Among his many awards, Dr. Downs was recipient of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Harold Amos Faculty Development Award. Dr. Downs is a member of the Society of Gynecologic Oncologists and the American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology, as well as a fellow of The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Spotlight

Visit the Sisterhood of Survivorship page to read “Dena’s Story” — by a vulvar cancer survivor who has shared her story and wise words, and channeled her energy into her National Race to End Women’s Cancer team.

Awareness

Vaccine efficacy against vulvar infection with HPV 16/18 was comparable to the efficacy found against cervical infection 4 years after vaccination, according to researchers with the National Cancer Institute.

Research

The Foundation has published its 2014-2015 Research Grants and Awards Booklet with Applications. Please consider applying to become part of an elite group of physician-scientists committed to the well-being of women at risk for/affected by gyn malignancies.

Education

The next Ovarian Cancer Survivors Course will be Saturday, July 26, 2014 in Boston. For more information on courses, click here.