William N. Levine, MD

Sports Medicine (Board Certified, Primary Specialty)
Orthopedic Surgery (Board Certified, Primary Specialty)
Languages: Spanish
Office Phone: (212) 305-4565
One of America's Top Doctors
Rated one of New York Magazine's Best Doctors


William N. Levine, MD is a nationally and globally renowned specialist in arthroscopic and open shoulder, elbow and knee surgery and sports medicine. He is Chair of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons, where he holds the Frank E. Stinchfield Professorship in Orthopedic Surgery, and serves as Chief of the Orthopedics Service at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center. Dr. Levine previously was Vice Chairman for Education, Residency and Fellowship Director, Chief of the Shoulder Service, and Co-Director of the Center for Shoulder, Elbow and Sports Medicine for the Department.

As the Head Team Physician for Columbia University, Dr. Levine is responsible for providing care for 31 Columbia intercollegiate athletic teams. Under his guidance, the Department's surgeons also serve as Team Physicians for the New York Yankees, Major League Soccer's (MLS) New York City Football Club, and the Rockland Boulders. Dr. Levine is a consultant for the National Hockey League Players' Association, a site physician for the National Football League, and orthopedic physician for numerous college and high school sports programs. As a former tennis professional and the starting goalie for Stanford University's varsity hockey team, Dr. Levine brings a passionate interest to sports medicine and all his patients. He has been named a Top Doctor in Sports Medicine by Castle Connolly and New York Magazine, and one of the top 25 shoulder surgeons in the United States by Orthopedics This Week.

Dr. Levine is a member of the Executive Committee of the American Orthopaedic Association, the oldest and one of the most prestigious orthopedic associations. He serves on the Board of Directors of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, the governing body which oversees licensure and training of orthopedic surgeons, and as Deputy Editor of the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. He has been the recipient of the prestigious American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeon's Traveling Fellowship. Other professional societies include the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, the Arthroscopy Association of North America and the Herodicus Society. He has made substantial contributions to research, having published more than 140 peer-reviewed articles, written over 50 book chapters, edited 11 textbooks, and given over 200 scientific presentations in the United States and abroad. He holds multiple patents and research grants.

A native of Fargo, North Dakota, he received a B.A. in Human Biology from Stanford and his Doctor of Medicine degree from Case Western Reserve. He was a resident in orthopedic surgery at New England Medical Center, and held fellowships at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center in Shoulder Surgery and the University of Maryland in Sports Medicine. He joined Columbia's Department of Orthopedic Surgery in 1998, became Residency Director in 2002, and in 2006 was awarded the Charles S. Neer, M.D. Teacher of the Year Award for his enthusiasm, passion and dedication to resident education. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and two daughters.

Area of Expertise

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Aetna [EPO, HMO, Medicare, NY Signature, POS, PPO, Signature Administrators, Student Health]

Amida Care

Cigna [EPO, Great West, HMO, POS, PPO]

Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield [Blue Priority, EPO, HMO, Medicare (Mediblue), NYP Employee Plan, Pathway (Exchange), POS, PPO]

Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield [PPO]

Local 1199 [NYP Employee Plan]


Medicare [Medicare]

Oxford Health Plans [Freedom, Liberty, Medicare Managed Care]


UnitedHealthcare [Columbia University Employee Plan, Compass (Exchange), EPO, HMO, Medicaid (Community Plan), Medicare Managed Care, POS, PPO]


Case Western Reserve University, School of Medicine

Internship: Beth Israel Hospital, Harvard Medical School

Residency: New England Medical Center-TUFTS University

Fellowship: NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center

Fellowship: University of Maryland Medical System


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Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at CUMC

2001 – Present
Top Doctor: Sports Medicine”: Castle Connolly Medical Ltd.
Top Doctor: Sports Medicine”: New York Magazine