L. Scott Levin Oral History Interview, 1995-1995

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Creator:
Levin, L. Scott.
Abstract:
Dr. L. Scott Levin, MD, is an orthopaedic and plastic surgeon who completed residencies in both specialties at Duke University Hospital. He spent 27 years at Duke University Medical Center and for the last 15 of those years he was the Division Chief of the Plastic Surgery Division in the Department of Surgery. Division of Plastic Surgery. During his time at Duke, he pioneering the Limb Salvage Program and established the Human Fresh Tissue Laboratory. After leaving Duke, he went on to become the Paul B. Magnuson Professor of Bone and Joint Surgery, Chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine (Penn), and Professor of Surgery (Plastic Surgery). He is also Medical Director of the Penn Musculoskeletal and Rheumatology Service Line, Director of the Hand Transplant Program and leads the reconstructive microsurgery team at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). This collection contains one oral history interview conducted on December 14, 1995 by Dr. James Gifford. In the interview, which is part of the Dr. David Sabiston Oral History Project, Levin reflects on his education; career; mentors; the history of the Department of Surgery and Division of Plastic Surgery at Duke; his interest in microsurgery, hand surgery, and othoplastic extremity reconstruction (limb salvage); how the residency program has changed over time; his experiences in the Division of Plastic Surgery; and his memories of Sabiston including his leadership style, legacy to Duke and the profession of surgery, and his work ethic.
Extent:
1 interview (1 master audio cassette tape and 2 transcripts)
Collection ID:
OH.LEVINL

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Scope and content:

Includes 1 oral history interview with L. Scott Levin conducted on December 14, 1995 by Dr. James Gifford. It is included in the Dr. David Sabiston Oral History Project.

In the December 14, 1995 interview, which is part of the Dr. David Sabiston Oral History Project, Levin reflects on his education; career; mentors; the history of the Department of Surgery and Division of Plastic Surgery at Duke; his interest in microsurgery, hand surgery, and othoplastic extremity reconstruction (limb salvage); how the residency program has changed over time; his experiences in the Division of Plastic Surgery; and his memories of Sabiston including his leadership style, legacy to Duke and the profession of surgery, and his work ethic.

Biographical / historical:

Dr. Lawrence Scott Levin, MD graduated from Duke University with an undergraduate degree in Zoology in 1977. While an undergraduate, he got his first job at Duke Hospital reading cardiac oscilloscopes in the Intensive Care Unit in Duke South; afterwards, he worked part time as an orderly in the emergency room to pay for his education. During this time, he became fascinated with surgery, surgery of the hand, and orthopaedics. He attended Temple University School of Medicine, graduating in 1982. His completed a Residency in Orthopaedic Surgery (1984-1988) and Plastic Surgery (1989-1992) at Duke University Hospital. In 1988, he trained at the Christine Kleinert Institute on Hand & Microvascular Surgery in Louisville, Kentucky. He also completed a second Fellowship in Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery at the Shriners Hospital.

In 1991, upon completion of his training, Levin became a member of the faculty in the Division of Plastic Surgery in the Department of Surgery at Duke, eventually becoming the Division Chief of the Plastic Surgery Division. While at Duke, Levin developed "orthoplastic surgery" and pioneered the Limb Salvage Program (1995), as well as establishing the Human Fresh Tissue Laboratory (1996). After 27 years at Duke, Levin left to become the chair of the University of Pennsylvania Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. His other positions at the University of Pennsylvania include Paul B. Magnuson Professor of Bone and Joint Surgery, Chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and Professor of Surgery (Plastic Surgery). He is also Medical Director of the Penn Musculoskeletal and Rheumatology Service Line, Director of the Hand Transplant Program and leads the reconstructive microsurgery team at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).

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

As a dedicated educator, Levin was recognized for his commitment to teaching with the 2007 Master Clinician/Teacher Award for his accomplishments in both clinical care and education at Duke University. Other awards and honors include the I.S. Ravdin Master Clinician Award, a Penn Medicine Award of Excellence at the Perelman School of Medicine at UPenn (2014); being named Individual Innovator of the Year at the Philadelphia Business Journal Healthcare Innovator Awards (2015); and induction into the Academy of Master Surgeon Educators of the American College of Surgeons (2018). In addition, Levin has been honored as a North American Traveling Fellow, the American British Canadian Traveling Fellow by the American Orthopedic 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.

Levin has published more than 400 peer-reviewed journal articles, 85 book chapters and 11 books, as well as actively participating in senior leadership activities of many international and national professional societies and associations, including serving as Board of Regents Chair and Orthopaedic Regent of the American College of Surgeons, past-President of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, past-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). Levin also serves as Editor-in-Chief of the journal "Orthoplastic Surgery".

Acquisition information:
Accession A1995.006 (transferred by James Gifford, December 1995)
Processing information:

Processed by Archives staff: date unknown; updated by Lucy Waldrop: December 2022

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Organized into the following series: Interview, December 14, 1995.
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[Identification of item], L. Scott Levin Oral History Interview, Duke University Medical Center Archives.