William N. Levine, MD, is a nationally and globally renowned specialist in arthroscopic and open shoulder, elbow, and knee surgery, and an expert in sports medicine. He is Chairman of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Columbia University's College of Physicians & 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. Additionally, Dr. Levine is Chief of the department’s shoulder service and co-director of the Center for Shoulder, Elbow and Sports Medicine. From 2002-2014, he was Residency Program Director and he continues to support the advancement of medical education at Columbia Orthopedics while leading the department.
As 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 function 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 the 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 is passionate about sports medicine and dedicated to patient care. 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 Orthopedic Association, the world’s first orthopedic association and the organization that was primarily responsible for the development of orthopedics as a discipline separate from general surgery. He serves on the Board of Directors of the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery, the governing body that oversees licensure and training of orthopedic surgeons, and he is Deputy Editor for the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. He also received the prestigious American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeon's Traveling Fellowship. Dr. Levine is a member of all the field’s major professional societies, including 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 earned his 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 completed 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 Program 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.
|1982-1986||Bachelor of Arts, Human Biology|
Stanford University, Stanford, CA
|1986-1990||Doctor of Medicine|
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Cleveland, OH
|1990 –1991||Internship in General Surgery|
Beth Israel Hospital / Harvard, Boston, MA
|1991 –1994||Resident, Orthopaedic Surgery|
New England Medical Center / Tufts University Medical School, Boston, MA
|1994 –1995||Chief Resident in Orthopaedic Surgery|
New England Medical Center, Boston, MA
|1995 –1996||Fellowship in Shoulder Surgery, Columbia Shoulder Service|
Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, Columbia University, New York, NY
|1997 – 1998||Fellowship in Sports Medicine, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery|
University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD