Gerhard Levy

Pioneer in Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics

Gerhard Levy.

Dr. Gerhard Levy, UB Pharmaceutical Sciences faculty member from 1958-2000, was a pioneer in the field of pharmacokinetics, biopharmaceutics, and pharmacodynamics, developing the guiding principles of today’s drug development and rational drug dosing approaches. He was the first pharmacist named to the highly prestigious Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Science in 1980.

A Distinguished Scholar

Dr. Levy was honored with a multitude of awards during his career:

  • Høst Madsen Medal from the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) in 1978
  • Oscar Hunter Award in Experimental Therapeutics in 1982 from the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics
  • Volwiler Award in 1982 from the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy
  • Takeru Higuchi Research Prize in 1983 from the American Pharmaceutical Association
  • Lifetime Achievement Award in Pharmaceutical Sciences in 1994 from the FIP, plus 20 honorary lectureships at various universities and venues and 6 Doctor Honoris Causae Awards

A Leading Researcher

His contributions to science carried high impact. He is most-highly noted for leading the developing quantitative relationships between drug concentrations and response or PK/PD with a strong focus on discerning pharmacologic (PK of PD) mechanisms. He also explored the use of in vitro dissolution testing as a surrogate for the assessing the rate and extent of drug absorption. This concept evolved into the highly used Dissolution Method 2 of the United States Pharmacopeia and critical use for the approval of generic drugs. Another primary focus of his research was in vivo performance of aspirin products, impact on GI bleeding and absorption, pharmacokinetics and metabolism of aspirin and salicylates.

An Educator Ahead of His Time

Dr. Levy's contributions to education were ahead of his time. He instituted UB's first undergraduate pharmacy course on biopharmaceutics in 1963. He used a "flipped classroom" model for his very popular clinical pharmacokinetics course (PHC 505) during the 1970’s. He also funded and instituted the Buffalo Pharmaceutics Scholar Award, which has recognized 32 outstanding students in our PhD program.

A True Mentor

Gerhard Levy was a mentor who truly led by example. For over 40 years, he has been a role model and dynamic leader for scientists all over the world. He has encouraged many investigators, particularly those with a PharmD degree, to pursue research in their careers. His professional approach to science and teaching has left a lasting impact and aspiration for excellence in the UB Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences.

In Remebrance of Dr. Gerhard Levy

The University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Dr. Levy on August 3, 2017, in Sarasota, Florida.

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In Memory of Dr. Levy: UB Pharmaceutical Sciences Resource Fund

The department of pharmaceutical sciences has established The Pharmaceutical Sciences Resource Fund to support research, scholarships and initiatives in memory of Dr. Levy.

More information can be found on our giving website.

You may also send a check endorsed to the University at Buffalo Foundation and mail to:
University at Buffalo Foundation
Attn: UB Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences Resource Fund: Dr. Gerhard Levy
PO Box 730
Buffalo, NY 14226