Dr. Levine, former Pennsylvania Health Secretary, receives additional government role

WASHINGTON — Former Pennsylvania Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine has a new role and a new rank.

She was sworn in Tuesday as Admiral of the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps. It’s a group that responds to emergencies like COVID-19 and provides medical care after hurricanes.

Please join us in congratulating Admiral Rachel Levine as she has been named the first ever Four-Star transgender...

Posted by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Levine is also the Assistant U.S. Secretary for Health, the nation’s highest ranking openly transgender official.

Her new position makes her the first openly transgender four-star officer.