New Head of Orthopedic Surgery at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center

Dr. William Levine named chair of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery and orthopedic surgeon-in-chief

Jun 2, 2014


William Levine, MD, has been named chair of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery of the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and orthopedic surgeon-in-chief of NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center, effective July 1. Dr. Levine is a clinician, scholar, and teacher who has served in numerous leadership roles since joining NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia in 1998. Most recently, he has been the department's vice chair for education, director of its residency and fellowship programs, chief of the shoulder service, and co-director of the Center for Shoulder, Elbow & Sports Medicine.

As a former tennis professional and starting goalie for Stanford University's varsity hockey team, Dr. Levine brings a passionate interest in sports medicine to his patients. He is Columbia University's head team physician, responsible for providing care for 31 Columbia intercollegiate athletic teams. He has been named a Top Doctor in Sports Medicine by Castle Connolly and New York magazine, as well as one of the top 25 shoulder surgeons in the United States by Orthopedics This Week.

Dr. William Levine

Dr. William Levine
Dr. William Levine

Dr. Levine is a member of the American Orthopaedic Association executive committee and a board member of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, the governing body that oversees licensure and training of orthopedic surgeons. He also serves as deputy editor of the Shoulder and Elbow section of the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

Dr. Levine received a BA in human biology from Stanford University and an MD from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. He was a resident in orthopedic surgery at New England Medical Center/Tufts University Medical School and held fellowships at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia in shoulder surgery and at the University of Maryland in sports medicine. He joined NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia's Department of Orthopedic Surgery in 1998 and became residency director in 2002; in 2006, he was awarded the Charles S. Neer, MD Teacher of the Year Award for his enthusiasm, passion, and dedication to resident education.

"We are pleased to welcome Dr. Levine to his new leadership role," says Steven J. Corwin, MD, chief executive officer of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. "His extensive background in orthopedic surgery and sports medicine will be pivotal in our continued provision of innovative, outstanding, and patient-centered care."

"Dr. Levine has been a valued member of our faculty for many years and a mentor to many students, trainees, and colleagues. We are confident that he will be an outstanding leader of what is already a terrific department," says Lee Goldman, MD, Harold and Margaret Hatch Professor of the University, dean of the faculties of health sciences and medicine, and executive vice president for health and biomedical sciences, Columbia University.

Dr. Levine succeeds Louis U. Bigliani, MD, who is retiring as chair after leading the department for the past 16 years, during which time the department doubled in size and significantly expanded both its research and clinical programs.

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