Roneet Lev, MD, FACEP
Chief Medical Officer
White House Office of National Drug Control Policy
Roneet Lev, MD, FACEP, was the first Chief Medical Officer of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP). She was charged with providing medical leadership in coordinating drug policy across the federal government. While working on national health policy, she continued her boots on the ground experience of over 25 years as an emergency physician treating the frontline cases of addiction. She is board certified in both emergency and addiction medicine. Dr. Lev was the chief of the emergency department at Scripps Mercy Hospital in San Diego, reaching beyond the walls of the hospital, into the community to advocate for patients.
In 2012, she established and chaired the San Diego Prescription Drug Abuse Medical Task Force, the first of its kind in California that integrated physicians of various specialties and practice settings along with hospitals, dentists, law enforcement, DEA, hospital administration, medication assisted treatment programs, and public health for decreasing deaths and mortality from prescription drugs. Dr. Lev’s medical publications, known as the “Death Diaries”, studied the details of prescription patterns of people who died from accidental prescription drug overdoses, giving insight to the causes of overdose and directing prevention efforts. Dr. Lev graduated from the University of Texas Medical School in San Antonio and completed her emergency medicine residency training at the University of California San Diego. Dr. Lev served as President of the California Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians in 2000. She is Founder and President of the Independent Emergency Physicians Consortium (IEPC), an organization providing collaboration to independent emergency departments (EDs) in California. Her program on Safe Prescribing in the ED won the 2014 National Association of Counties award. The California US Attorney's office nominated her for the White House Champion of Change Award. Dr. Lev uses data to drive change and brings passion and innovative solutions to the drug crisis.