Doctor and Midwife Biographies

Richard J. Levy, M.D.

Richard J. Levy, M.D.

I grew up in Chicago’s northern suburbs. I wanted to be a doctor for as long as I could talk, even though there were no other doctors in my family. I went to college at Northwestern University in Evanston. While I was there the football team went three seasons without a victory. Growing up, I always wanted to be a pediatrician. However, after my OB/GYNE rotation while at Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago, I realized that this was the perfect medical specialty. It offered long-term relationships with patients along with an interesting variety of surgeries. Also, nothing is more fun than helping people deliver their babies.

After living my whole life in the Chicago area, I deliberately left to do my residency in San Antonio, Texas at the University of Texas. San Antonio is culturally very different from Chicago and I loved my four years there as a “Transplanted Texan.” The lure of raising our children near family attracted me to move back to Chicago.

I have been very involved at Northwest Community Hospital since i joined its medical staff in 1986. I was on the Department of OB/GYNE Quality Assurance Committee for eight years and was chairman of that committee for two years. That group is in charge of overseeing the overall care given to patients by all of the obstetricians and gynecologists at Northwest Community Hospital. I was elected to a two-year term as chairman of the OB/GYNE department in 1996-1997. I was the youngest doctor in the history of Northwest Community Hospital to serve in that capacity.

I was elected president of the 750 member medical and dental staff of Northwest Community Hospital in 2000 after being elected Secretary/Treasurer of the staff in 1998 and Vice-President in 1999. I also served as a full voting member of the Northwest Community Hospital board of directors from 1998-2001. I was the chairman if the medical staff bylaws committee in 2004 & 2010.

I love all sports, particularly the 2010 Stanley Cup Champion Blackhawks. I also love to travel. I have three children, Matthew, Lauren and Melanie.

I am a member of American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, American Medical Association, Illinois State Medical Society, and Chicago Medical Society. I have been a Fellow of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists since 1988.

Karen L. Collins, M.D.

Karen L. Collins, M.D.

I’ve lived in Cook County most of my life. I was born in Chicago, and moved to Hanover Park when I was 8 years old. I attended the “old” Elgin High School and was fortunate enough to attend Northwestern University. There I majored in chemistry and met my husband, Randy, who has an electrical engineering degree but is our household computer guru. University of Illinois, Chicago, was the next step for medical school followed by a residency at Rush Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center. I was then pleasantly surprised to obtain a position in Hoffman Estates, part of North Suburban Clinic, in its better days. I left that practice in 1990 and joined Northwest Physicians for Women; that practice merged with two others in 1995 to form Northwest Associates for Women. My days there ended in December 2002, and now I am excited to be with Dr. Levy and his practice in Arlington Heights.

I have 4 brothers and 2 sisters, and my husband is one of 14 children. However, we are quite content with our 2 sons, Drew and Benjamin. They are complete opposites in interests and personalities and keep us guessing. Both are now in college.

My special interests are PMS and menopause transitions. Over the years, I have developed quite an interest in complementary and alternative medicine, and have tried to incorporate what I’ve learned into my everyday life. I’m always interested in what patients have tried and what resources they may have found. I believe the doctor-patient relationship should be a partnership in order to find out what bring about the best results for a given woman in a given situation. I’m also a strong advocate of screening exams, such as mammograms, colon cancer screening, osteoporosis screening and screening for heart disease risk factors.

I have been on staff at St. Alexius Medical Center and Northwest Community Hospital. I have been involved with St. Alexius Medical Center’s quality assurance committee and still attend committee meetings there. I am a member of American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, North American Menopause Society, American Society of Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology, as well as, American Medical Association, Chicago Medical Society, and Illinois State Medical Society.

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