Founded in 1955 by Dr. Norman Boas, and succeeded in 1984 by Dr. Robert Levin. This is our 66th year of continuous service to Connecticut.
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The field of Rheumatology has changed, as have we
Most rheumatologists in the United States are now women.
In this office we utilize Electronic Medical Records (EHR) and are in compliance with federal standards.
In-office visits are recorded using voice-recognition software.
Most of our prescription refills are filled electronically (eRx).
We are HIPAA compliant, but always have been as HIPAA is similar to the laws instituted in Connecticut over 20 years ago.
When it comes to infused medications for the conditions we treat, we send patients to existing facilities rather than do them on-site in this office. This eliminates any ethical issues like conflict of interest. The medication that is infused is the medication you and you alone need. If a self-injected medication or an oral one is more appropriate, that is what you will get..
Robert Earl Levin, MD, FACR, FACP
Dr, Levin, a native of Providence, RI, was eduacated in the Providence school system. He received his Bachelor of Science degree magna cum laude from Brown University in 1975 and his MD from Brown in 1978. He did his internal medicine internship and residency at the Medical College of Pennsylvania (now the Drexel University College of Medicine) in Philadelphia, PA (1978 to 1981). He completed a two-year fellowship in rheumatology at the University of Connecticut Health Center (1981 to 1983). Dr. Levin entered private practice, devoted purely to rheumatology, in New London and Norwich in 1984.
Dr. Levin is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicne (A.B.I.M.) and the National Board of Physicians and Surgeons (NBPAS) in both Internal Medicine and Rheumatology. He is a consultant as well as the Chief of Rheumatology at Lawrence and Memorial Hospital. He is a visiting consultant in rheumatology at the William W. Backus Hospital in Norwich.
He is a Charter Fellow of the American College of Rheumatology (FACR) and a Fellow of the American College of Physicians (FACP). Dr. Levin has done research and published studies on Lyme arthritis and lupus erythematosus. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Tufts University School of Medicine.
Dr. Levin has served as the president of the New London County Medical Association and is a member of the Connecticut Rheumatology Association.
He is married, has three sons, and five very special grandchildren.
A Brief History of the Practice
This is one of the oldest rheumatology practices in the state of Connecticut. It was started in February, 1955 by Dr. Norman Boas in Wilton, Connecticut. At the time of the inception of the practice, it was a combination of both rheumatology and internal medicine. Dr. Boas sold the internal medicine part of his Wilton practice in 1976 to move to New London where he devoted his full time to rheumatology. Through a series of conversations and meetings that took place in the summer of 1984, Dr. Boas decided to retire and sold the practice to Dr. Levin, who began seeing patients in the New London office on Montauk Avenue on November 1, 1984. A satellite office was opened in Norwich which functioned from January 15, 1985 to July 31, 2018. The New London office was moved to its present location in East Lyme in March, 1991.
What Is Rheumatology ? //
Rheumatology is the field of internal medicine that is devoted to the diagnosis, treatment and management of over 100 types of arthritis and connective tissue diseases, including, but not limited to rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, large, small, and medium sized blood vessel vasculitis, systemic lupus erythematosus, scleroderma, Lyme disease, gout, and enthesopathies such as psoriatic arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis. Dr. Levin is also interested in inherited hypermobility syndromes like Ehlers Danlos Type III.
A pharmacologic revolution resulting in the more effective treatment and overall improvement in the life of many patients with inflammatory arthritis took place in the late 1990's due to the development of a new class of medications called "biologics". This expanding family of medications along with "small molecule" antiarthritics has quickly changed the face of arthritis for patients who previously had few effective treatment options.
The practice is limited to rheumatology. Dr. Levin does not practice internal medicine and as such it is the responsibility of the patients to have their own primary care physician to provide care for their non-rheumatologic needs (e.g., internal medicine, family medicine)
The services provided by Dr. Levin include diagnostics, treatment with anti-inflammatory medications, corticosteroids both oral and injectable, management of oral and intravenous imummosuppressants including methotrexate, biologicals, and other immune modulators.
In a variety of circumstances, patients may need to be referred to other specialists in physical therapy, orthopedic surgery, neurosurgery, pain management, and nephrology, depending on the circumstances.
Osteoarthritis vs. Rheumatoid Arthritis
An Independent Solo Practice