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Format: 04/23/2014
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AGH Senior VP Debra L. Caplan honored by YWCA of Greater Pittsburgh For Leadership in Community Health and Development

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

PITTSBURGH - Allegheny General Hospital (AGH) Senior Vice President Debra L. Caplan is among seven outstanding local women honored by the YWCA of Greater Pittsburgh at its annual Tribute to Women Leadership Awards Luncheon, held May 26 at the Westin Hotel in downtown Pittsburgh.

A Tribute to Women Leadership Awards recognize and honor women from the Greater Pittsburgh area who have demonstrated excellence and leadership in the workplace and in the community, and for their contributions to the goals of the YWCA – the empowerment of women and girls and the elimination of racism. 

Ms. Caplan was honored in the Health Services category for her role in improving the health of communities as a public health administrator, hospital executive, and community development advocate.

Ms. Caplan came to AGH from Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, where in her nine-year tenure as Vice President, she had responsibility for the hospital’s major inpatient clinical, educational and ancillary services, including the establishment of the first heart transplantation program in New England.

Since returning to her native Pittsburgh, Ms. Caplan has served for 20 years in senior leadership roles in the West Penn Allegheny Health System, advancing the System’s clinical, academic and community missions. As Senior Vice President of Allegheny General Hospital, her work has included the oversight of the robust partnership between the Hospital and the Northside Community, through the Northside Leadership Conference. In this role, she has successfully implemented programs and initiatives for Northside residents, including underserved women and youth, in the areas of education, employment, economic development, housing and health.

Active in the Pittsburgh community, Ms. Caplan is currently Vice Chair of the WQED Board of Directors. She also serves on the Boards of the Jewish Health Care Foundation, and its supporting organization, Health Careers Futures; the Northside Leadership Conference and its Executive Committee; and Tree of Life Synagogue. She continues to serve on the Board of the Northside/Northshore Chamber of Commerce and on the Northside Cultural Collaborative, where she was the first Board President. She is a past board member of several prominent local organizations and an active member of numerous task forces and committees.





Her numerous honors and awards include the Rogal-Ruslander Leadership Award, Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh (1996); Pittsburgh Public Schools – Start on Success Program, Community Champions Award (2005 and 2008); and the Fineview Citizens Council Community Service Award (2005).

Ms. Caplan received a bachelor of arts, magna cum laude, from Mount Holyoke College and a masters of public administration from the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.

Ms. Caplan and her husband, David J. Levenson, M.D. reside in Squirrel Hill and have two children. Jessica is a Ph.D. candidate in clinical psychology at the University of Pittsburgh, and Joshua is a fourth year medical student at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.


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