When Harvey L. Leo, MD, completed his pediatric allergy fellowship in 2004 and joined a private practice in Ann Arbor, Michigan, he knew that he wanted to stay connected to National Jewish Health and its mission.
In February 2006, that commitment was formalized with his appointment to the Council of National Trustees. The Council is comprised of business and community leaders from across the country who support and promote the mission and accomplishments of National Jewish Health. During a three-year term, Dr. Leo will focus on fundraising, education, strategic planning and raising the profile of National Jewish Health in his Michigan community.
"Both as an alumnus and a father of a child with a peanut allergy and atopic dermatitis, I know firsthand how extraordinary National Jewish Health truly is," says Dr. Leo. "I am thrilled to have the opportunity to promote and educate about the institution in an official capacity."
Practicing in Michigan
After fellowship, Dr. Leo and fellowship classmate, Benjamin J. Song, MD, (2002-2004), were recruited by National Jewish Health alumnus, Jeffrey G. Leiflein, MD, (1991-1993), to join Allergy and Immunology Associates of Ann Arbor. The three alumni and senior partner, Martin Hurwitz, MD, see more than 20,000 pediatric and adult patients each year-making it one of the largest allergy and immunology practices in South East Michigan and one of the largest groupings of National Jewish Health Alumni outside of Colorado. Dr. Leo is also affiliated with St. Joseph Mercy Health System and the University of Michigan School of Public Health, enabling him to stay active in research and teaching.
"Joining Allergy and Immunology Associates gave me the opportunity to continue to provide excellent care to patients and families in Michigan alongside colleagues who believe in a high quality, patient-centered approach to medicine," says Dr. Leo.
Dr. Leo hopes that as a Trustee he will be able to increase awareness of National Jewish Health within the physician community and the general public. He looks forward to doing what he can to ensure that patients and families receive the care that they need.
"When we refer patients to National Jewish Health, they sometimes ask us why they have to travel so far," says Dr. Leo. "I always respond with the truth, there is no place like National Jewish Health." Dr. Leo lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with his wife, Anne, daughter, Miriam and son, Andrew. They return to Colorado frequently to visit family and keep ties with colleagues at National Jewish Health.