Leslie MacGregor Levine is a healthcare advocate for the peripheral neuropathy community. After graduating from Princeton University, she received a Ph.D. in physiology from the University of Pennsylvania and a V.M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. She conducted research on diabetic neuropathy at Harvard Medical School for several years. After graduating with a J.D. from Harvard Law School, she practiced as a biomedical patent attorney at Biogen and several other biopharmaceutical companies. She then became Director of Intellectual Property at Harvard University and Harvard Medical School.
After becoming ill with autoimmune small fiber polyneuropathy, Dr. Levine turned her focus to assisting the neuropathy patient community, and involvement with patient-centered medical research. She founded and leads a large neuropathy patient support group, and provides counsel and resources to neuropathy patients from across the U.S. She is a patient representative on an advisory panel for prioritizing medical conditions for research funding at the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). Dr. Levine is a PCORI merit reviewer of grant applications, a PCORI Ambassador and is on the board of the Neuropathy Action Foundation.