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Chair of Orthopaedic Surgery of Penn Medicine: L. Scott Levin
September 8, 2009, Volume 56, No. 02


Levin, L. Scott

Dr. L. Scott Levin has been appointed the new chair of the department of orthopaedic surgery of Penn Medicine, effective July 1, 2009.

Dr. Levin came to Penn Medicine from Duke University School of Medicine where 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 Dr. Arthur H. Rubenstein, Dean of the 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 had served as Duke’s 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 at Duke.

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 orthopaedic 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.  He recently was awarded and has served as the Orthopaedic Trauma Association’s Landstuhl Scholar, caring for the American war-injured soldiers in Germany.


Almanac - September 8, 2009, Volume 56, No. 02