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Dr. Richard Levitan

Dr. Richard Levitan is the founder and owner of Airway Cam Technologies, Inc., and the operator of the AirwayCam.com website and portal. He is an emergency physician, researcher, inventor of the Airway Cam direct laryngoscopy video system and the Levitan FPS optical stylet, and is an internationally recognized expert in the area of emergency airway management. Dr. Levitan has been published widely in leading peer-reviewed journals in the field of emergency medicine and related specialties, and has given over 350 invited lectures on airway management around the country and the world.

 

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The Airway Cam imaging system was invented by Dr. Levitan in 1994 when he was an emergency medicine resident at Bellevue Hospital in NYC. He realized that there was an absence of laryngoscopy and intubation imaging that could capture the operator’s perspective for the benefit of a novice trainee. This lack of imaging has historically impeded education and skill acquisition in the crucial area of emergency airway management and has also limited objective research into best practices. Dr. Levitan designed and built a head mounted video camera that was able to record orotracheal intubations from start to finish, and subsequently was granted a US patent for his invention.

 

Since he invented the Airway Cam in 1994, Dr. Levitan has been actively involved in airway education and research, using the device to record procedures in live patients and in non-embalmed cadavers. Dr. Levitan started cadaver-based emergency airway management courses beginning in 2001 with Dr. William J. Levin. Now run with Dr. Kenneth Butler, Mike Sweeney and James T. Pisaturo, these on-going cadaver courses are offered monthly and have collectively taught almost a thousand clinicians. Research conducted using the Airway Cam has demonstrated a best practice approach to laryngoscopy that includes ear-to-sternal notch positioning, bimanual laryngoscopy, and straight-to-cuff stylet shaping. Using this unique imaging system, and with the help of many professionals from various medical centers, Dr. Levitan created educational materials that have been critically acclaimed by leading medical journals around the world. Airway Cam products are now used by thousands of practitioners, hospitals, and EMS systems in more than thirty countries.

 

The Levitan FPS Optical Stylet, made by Clarus Medical, is a byproduct of Dr. Levitan's research efforts to improve the safety of direct laryngoscopy. This device merges direct laryngoscopy with the immediate availability of fiberoptic intubation on first pass. The malleable stylet can also be passed through supraglottic airways (such as the airQ or I-gel), and as also used as an independent intubation device. Dr. Levitan has also assisted in the prototype testing and development of numerous intubation devices and supraglottic airways.

 

Group photo from one of Dr. Levitan’s early cadaver courses. Dr. Levitan (far left) poses with Dr. Chung and other visiting Korean physicians trying the Airway Cam at one of the Baltimore cadaver courses.

Group photo from one of Dr. Levitan’s early cadaver courses. From left to right: Bill and Diane Kinkle, Muhammed Nasir (inventor of the I-gel Airway, Intersurgical Ltd, Wokingham UK), William J. Levin (Bill ran the surgical section of the cadaver course for the first three years; he passed away in 2005 but remains in our hearts), Richard Levitan, Mike Hinton (Intersurgical Ltd.), T.J. Leyden and Santosh Davies (HUP EM residents).

Dr. Levitan (far left) poses with Dr. Chung and other visiting Korean physicians trying the Airway Cam at one of the Baltimore cadaver courses.

Difficult Airway Society (UK) meeting, Dublin 2006, at the Guinness Brewery Party Three men with a shared passion for direct laryngoscopy, at the meeting of the Difficult Airway Society (UK) in Scotland 2003

Difficult Airway Society (UK) meeting, Dublin 2006, at the Guinness Brewery party: Drs. Foley (inventor of the Foley Airway Stylet Tool, FAST), Archie Brain (inventor of the laryngeal mask airway), Irene Osborne (www.airwaycarnival.com), and Richard Levitan.  In the foreground, two future physicians.

Three men with a shared passion for direct laryngoscopy, at the meeting of the Difficult Airway Society (UK) in Scotland 2003 (from left to right): Dr. John Henderson (inventor of the Henderson blade), Dr. Richard Levitan, and Dr. Ronnie Cormack (creator of the Cormack-Lehane scoring system of laryngeal view).

 

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