Dr. Cheryl Levitt is a family physician and a tenured professor in the Department of Family Medicine at McMaster University.
She was born in South Africa, trained at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg and did her internship at Baragwanath Hospital, Soweto.
She left South Africa in 1977 for Canada and practiced rurally in British Columbia from 1977-1984. Dr. Levitt has been an academic family physician since 1984 at McGill and McMaster Universities.
She was Chair of the Department of Family Medicine at McMaster University from 1996-2006 and President of the Ontario College of Family Medicine from 2005-2006. She led the Quality in Family Practice project from 2000 – 2009 and published the Quality in Family Practice Book of Tools in 2010. From 2008 – 2011, she was the Provincial Primary Care Lead for Cancer Care Ontario and from 2012-2015, the College of Family Physician of Canada’s Senior Research Advisor. Since 2011, she has been an appointed member of the Discipline Committee of the College of Physicians and Surgeons.
Dr. Levitt has published widely on primary care issues, medical migration of foreign doctors, gender equity and maternal and child health. She has received a number of awards amongst which she was awarded the South African Women for Women HEALTH Award in 2004, the WONCA (World Organization of Family Doctors) Fellowship Award in 2010, the Jean Pierre Depins award from the College of Family Physicians of Canada in 2010 and the YWCA Woman of Distinction Award for Health Wellness for the City of Hamilton in 2011.