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Levin, Scott, Ph.D.


Scott Levin, PhD

  • Associate Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine
  • Joint Appointment, Applied Mathematics and Statistics,
    Johns Hopkins University, Whiting School of Engineering
  • Adjunct Appointment, Department of Anesthesiology, Vanderbilt University
  • Consultant, Operations Integration


Vanderbilt University, Biomedical Engineering, (Ph.D., 2008)


Dr. Levin is an Associate Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine and holds a joint appointment in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Statistics, Whiting School of Engineering. He also works as a member of the Department of Operations Integration to forward operational, quality, and financial improvement initiatives within the Johns Hopkins Health System.

Upon finishing his Ph.D. in biomedical engineering at Vanderbilt University, Dr. Levin joined the Hopkins faculty in 2008. Dr. Levin’s research focuses on the use and development of systems engineering tools to study and improve the effectiveness, safety and efficiency of health care delivery.  Research is directed toward determining how scarce health care resources may be managed and deployed to best care for patient populations.  This includes an emphasis on systems engineering techniques aimed at improving quality of care, access to care, and medical decision making.

Dr. Levin is actively involved in research efforts for the National Science Foundation (NSF), National Institutes of Health (NIH), Institute of Medicine (IOM), and Department of Homeland Security National Study Center for Preparedness and Catastrophic Event Response (PACER).  Dr. Levin has authored numerous publications, applying systems engineering methods to medicine

Research Interests

1.Systems engineering in health care
2. Medical decision making
3. Human factors engineering in health care
4. Emergency department crowding and patient outcomes

Recent Publications

1. Levin S, Harley E, Fackler J, Lehmann C, Custer J, France D, Zeger S. Real time forecasting of pediatric intensive care unit length of stay using computerized provider orders. Crit Care Med. 40 (11): 3058-64, 2012.
2. Levin S, Dittus R, Aronsky D, Weinger M. Evaluating the effects of increasing surgical volume on emergency department patient access. BMJ Qual Saf. 20:146-152, 2011.
3. Levin S, Dittus R, Aronsky D, Weinger M, Han J, Boord J, France D. Optimizing cardiology capacity to reduce emergency department boarding: A systems engineering approach. Am Heart J. 156(6):1202-1209, 2008.

See Research Publications

Recent Grants

1. Principal Investigator: “Forecasting Demand for Pediatric Critical Care”. National Science Foundation (NSF CMMI 0927203): $319,335
2. Principal Investigator: “Computer Simulation of Acute Coronary Syndrome Patients in the Emergency Department.” National Institutes of Health (NIH R21HL09322-01A2): $407,742
3. Principal Investigator: “A Triage Tool for Accurate Disposition of Emergency Patients” National Center for the Study of Preparedness and Catastrophic Event Response, US Department of Homeland Security (USDHS N00014-06-1-0991): $488,728