Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center

Silvina Levis, M.D.

Silvina Levis, M.D.

Professor of Medicine

Description of Research

Dr. Levis is the Director of the Osteoporosis Center, a joint venture between the School of Medicine and the Miami Veterans Administration Medical Center. For the last 10 years, Dr. Levis has been conducting clinical trials testing the effectiveness of different drugs in the treatment of osteoporosis. She has conducted an National Institutes of Health (NIH)-sponsored trial that will evaluate the effectiveness of estrogens derived from soy in preventing menopausal symptoms and bone loss. Presently, her research programs test ways for improving the management of menopausal symptoms and increasing muscle function and bone mass in elderly individuals with vitamin D deficiency.


  • Vitamin D deficiency in South Florida residents is higher than expected: approximately 25% in young adults and 40% in the elderly.

Selected Cancer-Related Publications

  • Cherniack EP, Troen BR, Florez HJ, Roos BA, Levis S. Some New Food for Thought: The Role of Vitamin D in the Mental Health of Older Adults. Curr Psychiatry Rep 11:12-19, 2009. Read more »

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