Dr. Rachel Levine, the U.S. assistant secretary for health and the nation’s highest-ranking openly transgender official, was sworn in as an admiral of the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps.
Dr. Rachel Levine born on October 28, 1957 became the first openly transgender four-star officer to serve in any of the country’s eight uniformed services. (NPR)
Dr. Rachel Levine is an American pediatrician and four-star admiralin the United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps (PHSCC) who has been the United States assistant secretary for health since March 26, 2021. She is a professor of pediatrics and psychiatry at the Penn State College of Medicine, and previously served as the Pennsylvania physician general from 2015 to 2017, then as secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Health from 2017 to 2021. Levine is one of only a few openly transgender government officials in the United States, and is the first to hold an office that requires Senate confirmation. On October 19, 2021, Levine became the first openly transgender four-star officer in the nation’s eight uniformed services with her commission as a four-star admiral in the United States Public Health Service. She is the first female PHSCC four-star admiral. (Wikipedia)
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