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Dr. Barbara Levy on the BackTable OBGYN Podcast

Dr. Barbara Levy


Dr. Barbara Levy is a professor at George Washington University and a volunteer at the University of California San Diego OBGYN and reproductive sciences department.

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Ep 55 Insights on OBGYN Coding & Reimbursements with Dr. Barbara Levy
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About Dr. Barbara Levy

Dr. Barbara S. Levy, MD, FACOG, FACS, is a distinguished OBGYN, leader in medicine, and lifelong advocate for advancing the quality of women’s health. Dr. Levy graduated magna cum laude with an undergraduate degree in psychology from Princeton University in 1974. She completed her medical degree from the University of California, San Diego in 1979, followed by an internship and residency in OBGYN at the University of Oregon Health Sciences Center (now the Oregon Health & Sciences University) in Portland. Dr. Levy was in private practice in comprehensive holistic women’s health for over 30 years, and served as a Medical Director for Women’s Health and Breast Center and Women’s and Children’s Services for the Franciscan Health System in Tacoma, Washington.

In 2012, Dr. Levy shifted focus from clinical practice to health policy when she joined the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) as the first full-time woman physician leader. While serving as the Vice President for Health Policy at ACOG, Dr. Levy powered several impactful changes for women’s health worldwide. She directed the expansion of the Advocacy Division to support the Office of Global Women’s Health, reducing maternal mortality and building sustainable capabilities in several countries. Dr. Levy also oversaw and grew ACOG’s commitment to contraceptive access, postpartum contraception and menopause management.

Dr. Levy has long been a strong vocal advocate for women’s health, with appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show and many other media outlets. Additionally, her clinical work focuses on equitable, comprehensive care for women throughout their life course. She has published and co-authored over 85 studies and articles related to her primary research interests, including optimizing care for women with chronic pelvic pain, surgical outcomes, hysterectomy, endoscopic surgery, and physician payment policy.

Dr. Levy has been actively involved in several organizations. She served as the first female President of AAGL in 1994. She has been a member of the American Medical Association/Specialty Society Relative Value Scale Update Committee (RUC) since 1999, advocating for fair payment for physicians. Dr. Levy has also served as a reviewer and editor for several medical journals, including Obstetrics & Gynecology and American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

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Podcasts Featuring Dr. Barbara Levy

Episode #55


This episode of the BackTable OBGYN podcast features Dr. Barbara Levy, an OBGYN and seasoned expert in medical coding and reimbursement, discussing the nuances of medical billing, the process of creating medical codes, and how medical practices and expenses are valued differently.

Episode #37


This week on BackTable OBGYN, Drs. Mark Hoffman and Amy Park are joined by Dr. Barbara Levy to discuss the latest advancements in endometrial ablation using cryotherapy. Dr. Levy, a professor at George Washington University and a volunteer at the University of California San Diego OBGYN and reproductive sciences department, has dedicated her career to gynecological advancements.

Articles Featuring Dr. Barbara Levy

Transcervical Fibroid Ablation: Advancements in Uterine Fibroid Treatment

There is a growing need for safer and more accessible treatment options for uterine fibroids, giving rise to the use of radiofrequency and transcervical fibroid ablation. Doctors Barbara Levy, Mark Hoffman, and Amy Park present these procedures as potential alternatives to hysterectomies due to increased safety and efficiency.

Endometrial Cryoablation with Cerene: Focus on Patient Experience

Many women continue to seek alternatives to traditionally used hysterectomies or IUDs as methods to control abnormal heavy menstrual bleeding. Endometrial ablation, specifically cryoablation with Cerene, is a valuable option. From clinical counseling to the procedural process to long-term implications, doctors Barbara Levy, Mark Hoffman, and Amy Park walk through the advancing world of endometrial ablation.

The Evolution of Endometrial Ablation: From YAG Lasers to Cerene Cryoablation

Through technological advancements, randomized clinical trials, and increased global accessibility, endometrial ablations have greatly decreased the reliance on hysterectomies in controlling abnormal bleeding in women.

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