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Levitts endow scholarship for medical education at Tel Aviv University

Florida philanthropists expand a family legacy of support for TAU

American Friends of Tel Aviv University

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With a generous commitment of more than $2.8 million, Dr. Morton H. Levitt and Cynthia Levitt have established the Dr. Morton H. Levitt and Cynthia Levitt Endowed Scholarship for Medical Education at the Sackler Faculty of Medicine at Tel Aviv University.

Morton Levitt, MD, professor of Clinical Biomedical Science, former chair of the Integrated Medical Science Department and Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs at Florida Atlantic University's Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, is a board-certified pathologist. He is recognized nationally for his expertise in medical and pathology education, advocacy, and medical policy and governance. His professional career includes service in the National Cancer Institute's Carcinogenesis Bioassay Testing Program, service as a hospital executive and chief medical officer, and more than 20 years in the United States Air Force.

The Levitt scholarship continues a familial legacy of support for the Sackler Faculty of Medicine that includes Dr. Levitt's parents, their families, and his great-uncle, Harry C. Bernard. "I am very proud to be a member of the Levitt family -- a family that taught me from an early age that charity, philanthropy, and service were the true measure of a person's success," he says.

Tel Aviv University's Sackler Faculty of Medicine is the largest medical and research training complex in Israel, serving two million people annually. It comprises 1,400 affiliated doctors, including some 1,000 teachers, in preclinical departments and affiliated clinical departments and institutes in seven major medical centers, six psychiatric hospitals, and a large rehabilitation center. It developed the Sackler Medical School New York State/American Program, Israel's first and only medical school program accredited in North America, widely considered to be the premier example of successful cultural and academic cooperation in the field.

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American Friends of Tel Aviv University supports Israel's most influential, most comprehensive and most sought-after center of higher learning, Tel Aviv University (TAU). US News & World Report's Best Global Universities Rankings rate TAU as #148 in the world, and the Times Higher Education World University Rankings rank TAU Israel's top university. It is one of a handful of elite international universities rated as the best producers of successful startups, and TAU alumni rank #9 in the world for the amount of American venture capital they attract.

A leader in the pan-disciplinary approach to education, TAU is internationally recognized for the scope and groundbreaking nature of its research and scholarship -- attracting world-class faculty and consistently producing cutting-edge work with profound implications for the future.

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