Robert Morris Levy Bio
Robert Morris Levy is 53 years old former Veterans Affairs pathologist accused of causing the deaths of at least 15 veterans due to mistakes he made while intoxicated on the job.
He has been formally charged for three of those deaths.
Robert Morris Levy Job
Levy began working at the Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks in Fayetteville, Arkansas in 2005 as the Chief of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Services.
His job was to detect cancers and other diseases so that patients and other doctors could make informed decisions about treatment. Prosecutors allege that nearly 10 percent of the diagnoses Levy made over an 18-month period “involved clinical errors.”
The federal indictment against Levy was first filed in June. He was arrested on August 17, 2019, and the case was unsealed to the public on August 20.
Robert Influenced Patients
Robert served a very important role in determining treatments for Veterans Affairs patients.
As the Service Chief of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Services, Morris analyzed about 34,000 fluid and tissue samples over the course of 12 years at the medical center in Fayetteville, which was referred to as the VHSO in the indictment.
Medical License Was Suspended
Robert Morris Levy License Was Temporarily Suspended After He Was Proven Intoxicated at Work in 2016.
Former VA physician charged with the deaths of three veterans https://t.co/EbxDYzNtKV
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) August 20, 2019
Prosecutors Charged Levy on 31 Counts Including 3 Charges of Involuntary Manslaughter.
Robert Levy is an Air Force Veteran
Robert Morris Levy is a veteran himself. The Washington Post reported that Levy served in the Air Force.
Levy’s most recent medical license was issued in 1997 by the Mississippi State Board, according to the indictment.
That license allowed him to practice in Arkansas as well. Levy earned a salary of $225,000 per year from the Department of Veterans Affairs while he was working at VHSO.
At other times during his career, Levy held licenses to practice in California, Florida, and Louisiana.