Dr. Scott Levin

Short Biography

L. Scott Levin, MD, FACS, is the Paul B. Magnuson Professor of Bone and Joint Surgery (with tenure), Chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and Professor of Surgery (Plastic Surgery). He is also the Medical Director of the Penn Musculoskeletal and Rheumatology Service Line. Dr. Levin is Board-certified in Orthopaedic Surgery and has a Certificate of added Qualification in hand surgery. In addition, he is Board-certified in Plastic Surgery.

As an accomplished clinician, his expertise focuses on surgery of the hand and upper extremity, reconstructive microsurgical techniques for extremity reconstruction and limb salvage. His research interests focus predominantly on extremity soft tissue reconstruction and vascularized composite allotransplantation.

Working collaboratively with colleagues across medical disciplines, Dr. Levin established and was the Director of Duke’s Human Tissue Laboratory and also directed the Anatomic Gifts Program. He also established a Human Tissue Laboratory at Penn which opened in May 2011. The Human Tissue Laboratory acts as a teaching tool and a research facility benefiting students, residents and CME participants. Dr. Levin heads the Vascularized Composite Allotransplantation (VCA) Program at Penn and directed the teams that performed bilateral hand and arm transplants, one in September 2011 and another in August 2016. In 2015, as Director of the Pediatric Hand Transplantation Program of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, he led the team that performed the world’s first bilateral hand transplant in a child.

As a committed educator, Dr. Levin has been recognized for his commitment to teaching with the 2007 Master Clinician/Teacher Award for his accomplishments in both clinical care and education at Duke and in 2014 was awarded the I.S. Ravdin Master Clinician Award, a Penn Medicine Award of Excellence at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. In 2015, he was named Individual Innovator of the Year at the Philadelphia Business Journal Healthcare Innovator Awards.

Widely published with more than 332 peer-reviewed journal articles, 82 book chapters and 11 books, Dr. Levin also actively participates in senior leadership activities of many international and national professional societies and associations including serving as Orthopaedic Regent of the American College of Surgeons, President-elect of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, Chair of the VCA Transplantation Committee of the United Network for Organ Sharing, President of the World Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery (2013-2015), President of the American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery (2006-2007), member-at-large of the American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons, President of the American Society for Reconstructive Transplantation (2010-2012) and member of the Board of Directors of the American Board of Plastic Surgery (2006-2012). In addition, Dr. Levin has been honored as a North American Traveling Fellow, the American British Canadian Traveling Fellow by the American Orthopaedic Association and the Sterling Bunnell Traveling Fellow by the American Society for Surgery of the Hand. In 2015, he was awarded the Andrew J. Weiland Medal by the American Society for Surgery of the Hand. He has served as the Orthopaedic Trauma Association’s Landstuhl Scholar, caring for our war-injured soldiers in Germany.

Dr. Levin is responsible for developing the field of “Orthoplastic Surgery.”