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Who is David, the son of Dr Rachel Levine? Health secretary's children and family

Iram Sharifah Khan March 25, 2021
Who is David, the son of Dr Rachel Levine? Health secretary's children and family
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Who is David Levine, the son of Dr Rachel Levine? She has been confirmed as the Biden administration’s new assistant health secretary, prompting a wave of curiosity about Dr Rachel Levine’s children, David and Dayna, and her family.

Who is David Levine, the son of Dr Rachel Levine?

Dr Rachel Levine has two children with her ex-wife Martha Peaslee Levine, their son David and his sister, Dayna.

David Levine, Rachel Levine’s son, likes to keep his personal life as private as possible. His work specialises in theatre performance, videography and photography.

He studies Tai Kwon Do with his sister Dayna and parent, Rachel. David is a black belt, while Dayna and Rachel are brown belts.

Who is Rachel Levine’s ex-wife, Martha Peaslee?

Martha Peaslee is the ex-wife of Rachel Levine. The couple stayed together during Rachel’s transition in 2011 and divorced two years later, in 2013. Martha and Rachel had met when they both attended Tulane Medical School as students.

Martha is an associate professor who specialises in pediatrics, psychology and humanities at the Penn State College of medicine. She is the author of books such as Stop That Nose! (2006), The Dragon Inside (2003) and The Twelve Days of Christmas in Pennsylvania (2014). She’s active on her official Twitter account:

Who is assistant health secretary Rachel Levine?

Rachel Leland Levine was born on 28 October 1957 in Massachusetts. She grew up following Judaism and attended Hebrew school and Belmont High School. She graduated from Harvard College and later attended Tulane University School of Medicine.

Dr Levine’s medical career started with a fellowship in New York at Mount Sinai Hospital between 1988 – 1993. During her time there, she trained in paediatrics. Later in her career, she worked under Tom Wolf in Pennsylvania’s Department of Health, where she worked as physician general.

In February 2021, President Biden announced that Dr Levine would be his assistant health secretary, a monumental occasion for US politics being that Levine is the first openly transgender person in a federal official position.

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Iram is a London-based freelance journalist with a BA in Journalism and Media from Birkbeck University. She studied several modules, including Journalism in British Life, Interview skills and Feature Writing, Introduction to Journalism Practice and Manga and Anime. Iram went from university to work with GRV Media at The Focus Writers’ Academy and enjoys learning Japanese, taking singing lessons, playing video games and watching Korean dramas in her spare time.