Penn Medicine’s L. Scott Levin, the Paul B. Magnuson Professor of Bone and Joint Surgery, chair of the department of orthopedic surgery, and a professor of plastic surgery, has been elected President of the American Society for the Surgery of the Hand (ASSH). Dr. Levin was introduced as president on September 15, during the organization’s 73rd annual meeting in Boston. He will serve in this role through 2019.
Dr. Levin is the pioneer of orthoplastic surgery—which simultaneously applies principles of orthopaedic surgery and reconstructive plastic surgery to limb-threatening problems resulting in limb salvage. Dr. Levin led the team from Penn Medicine that performed the Philadelphia region’s first adult bilateral hand transplant (Almanac November 8, 2011) and the country’s first bilateral hand transplant on an international patient (2017), as well as the Penn Medicine and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) teams that performed the world’s first pediatric bilateral hand transplant (Almanac December 15, 2015).
“I am truly honored to assume this role and am humbled to have been selected to lead such an esteemed group of clinicians,” said Dr. Levin, who is also director of Penn Medicine’s Hand Transplant Program and director of the CHOP Pediatric Hand Transplant Program. “It is my hope that I can continue to work collaboratively with surgeons in the United States and around the world to advance the missions of clinical care, research and education.”
The ASSH was formed shortly after World War II by like-minded doctors to share and discuss what they had learned about treating hand issues in wounded service members. What began as a meeting between 35 military hand surgeons in 1946 has grown to include more than 3,800 orthopedic, plastic surgeons and general surgeons from around the world.