May 19, 2009

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Penn Medicine Appoints L. Scott Levin, MD, FACS, Chair of Orthopaedic Surgery

PHILADELPHIA – L. Scott Levin, MD, FACS, has been appointed the new Chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery of Penn Medicine, effective July 1, 2009.

Dr. Levin comes to Penn Medicine from Duke University School of Medicine were he was a professor of both Orthopaedic Surgery and Plastic Surgery, as well as the chief of the Division of Plastic, Maxillofacial and Oral Surgery. An accomplished clinician, his expertise focuses on surgery of the hand and upper extremities, reconstructive microsurgical techniques for extremity reconstruction, and limb salvage. His research interests focus predominantly on extremity soft tissue reconstruction and composite tissue allotransplantation.

“We are very fortunate and delighted to have a physician-scientist of Dr. Levin’s caliber join us to lead a talented and committed department in its pursuit of excellence in patient care, research, and medical education,” said Arthur H. Rubenstein, MBBCh, Dean of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and Executive Vice President of the University of Pennsylvania for the Health System.

Dr. Levin joined the faculty of Duke University School of Medicine in 1991, with dual appointments in the Division of Orthopaedic Surgery and the Division of Plastic, Reconstructive, Maxillofacial and Oral Surgery. He has served as Chief of Division of Plastic, Reconstructive, Maxillofacial and Oral Surgery since 1995.

Dr. Levin established and directed Duke’s Human Tissue Laboratory. As director of the Human Tissue Laboratory, an education and a research facility benefiting students, residents and CME participants, Dr. Levin worked collaboratively with colleagues across multiple medical disciplines. He was also the director of the Anatomic Gifts Program.

A committed educator, Dr. Levin has been recognized for his dedication to teaching, most recently winning the 2007 Master Clinician/Teacher Award for his accomplishments in both clinical care and education. He is Board-certified in orthpaedic Surgery and Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and has a Certificate of added Qualification in hand surgery. 

Widely published, with more than 170 peer reviewed journal articles, 60 book chapters and six books, Dr. Levin also actively participates in senior leadership activities of many national and international professional societies and associations including serving as Chairman of the American College of Surgeons’ Advisory Council for Orthopaedic Surgery, Secretary General of the World Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery, past President of the American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery, member at large of the American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons, President-elect of the American Society for Reconstructive Transplantation, and member of the board of directors of the American Board of Plastic Surgery. In addition, Dr. Levin has been honored as a North American Traveling Fellow as well as the American British Canadian Traveling fellow by the American Orthopedic Association and the Sterling Bunnell Traveling Fellowship by the American Society for Surgery of the Hand. He recently was awarded and has served as the Orthopaedic Trauma Association’s Landstuhl Scholar, caring for our war injured soldiers in Germany.


PENN Medicine is a $3.6 billion enterprise dedicated to the related missions of medical education, biomedical research, and excellence in patient care. PENN Medicine consists of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine (founded in 1765 as the nation's first medical school) and the University of Pennsylvania Health System.

Penn's School of Medicine is currently ranked #3 in the nation in U.S.News & World Report's survey of top research-oriented medical schools; and, according to the National Institutes of Health, received over $366 million in NIH grants (excluding contracts) in the 2008 fiscal year. Supporting 1,700 fulltime faculty and 700 students, the School of Medicine is recognized worldwide for its superior education and training of the next generation of physician-scientists and leaders of academic medicine.

The University of Pennsylvania Health System (UPHS) includes its flagship hospital, the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, rated one of the nation’s top ten “Honor Roll” hospitals by U.S.News & World Report; Pennsylvania Hospital, the nation's first hospital; and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, named one of the nation’s “100 Top Hospitals” for cardiovascular care by Thomson Reuters. In addition UPHS includes a primary-care provider network; a faculty practice plan; home care, hospice, and nursing home; three multispecialty satellite facilities; as well as the Penn Medicine Rittenhouse campus, which offers comprehensive inpatient rehabilitation facilities and outpatient services in multiple specialties.

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