Dr. William Levine, MD

Dr. William Levine, MD

Orthopedic Sports Medicine  |  
Male  |  
53 y/o

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Dr. William Levine, MD is an orthopedic sports medicine doctor who practices in New York, NY. He is 53 years old and has been practicing for 27 years. Read his story

ColumbiaDoctors Orthopedics

161 Fort Washington Ave Fl 2

New York, NY 10032
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Accepted insurance

  • Aetna
  • Amerigroup (Wellpoint)
  • CareOregon
  • CareSource
  • Cigna
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • Community Health Choice
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Health Net
  • HealthPlus
  • HealthPlus Amerigroup
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
  • Husky Health
  • inHealth

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Shoulder Dislocation
very high
more than 99% of peers
Knee Sprain
very high
more than 99% of peers
Rotator Cuff Surgery
very high
more than 99% of peers

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Dr. Levine's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Levine "My approach to patient care is simple - you have a complaint and orthopedic concern that made you take time out of your busy schedule to come to see me and my commitment to you is to address your concerns. I will listen to your story, perform a physical examination, review your imaging studies when appropriate (xrays, MRIs, etc...) and then provide you with a diagnosis and treatment plan. My clinical specialty is performing arthroscopic and open shoulder, elbow, and knee surgeries on injured athletes and patients of all ages. As Chairman of Columbia University's Department of Orthopedic Surgery, I'm honored to lead the best orthopedic surgeons in the world. I also greatly value my role as Columbia University's Head Team Physician, which allows me to coordinate the care of roughly 700 student-athletes participating in 31 intercollegiate athletic teams."


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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Levine "Despite my being an orthopedic surgeon (who loves to operate when appropriate) the reality is that most orthopedic conditions can be successfully treated non-operatively. I evaluate many patients who come for 2nd or 3rd opinions where we can successfully manage their problem without an operation. If non-operative management is not appropriate or has failed then we will review the best surgical procedure for the patient's problem and help them understand the risks, benefits, and alternatives. 

This shared decision-making approach is critical to ensure that patients NEVER feel pressured to have surgery. It has been well established that the best results following surgery come from patients who were 100% committed to having the procedure in the first place. "


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  • Orthopedic Sports Medicine
  • Non-Surgical Orthopedics
  • Orthopedic Knee Surgery
  • Orthopedic Shoulder & Elbow Surgery
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Sports Medicine

Board Certifications

  • Orthopaedic Sports Medicine
    Accredited by: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery*
  • Orthopedic Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery*

Conditions Treated

  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) or Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Tear
  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Arthritis of the Shoulder
  • Baker’s Cyst
  • Brachial Plexus Palsy
  • Broken Arm
  • Bursitis
  • Chondrocalcinosis
  • Clavicle Fracture
  • Complications of Joint Prosthesis
  • Elbow Bursitis
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Elbow Sprain
  • Internal Derangement of Knee
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Dislocation
  • Knee Disorders
  • Knee Fracture
  • Knee Sprain
  • Lateral Collateral Ligament (LCL) Sprain
  • Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
  • Leg Fracture Below Knee (incl. Ankle)
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) Sprain
  • Myelopathy
  • Non-Unions and Malunions of Fractures
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Runner's Knee
  • Scapular Fracture
  • Shoulder Diseases
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Shoulder Injuries
  • Shoulder Instability
  • Shoulder Labral Tear
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Torticollis


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  • ACL Surgery
  • All Shoulder or Elbow Replacement Procedures
  • Ankle Arthroscopy
  • Arm Surgery
  • Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery
  • Elbow Arthroscopy
  • Elbow Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Elbow Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Open
  • Elbow Replacement
  • Elbow Tenotomy
  • Fracture Care
  • Knee Arthroscopy
  • Knee Surgery
  • Nerve Block, Somatic
  • Partial Shoulder Replacement
  • Peripheral Nerve Block
  • Reverse Total Shoulder and Total Shoulder Replacement
  • Revision of Shoulder or Elbow Replacement
  • Rotator Cuff Surgery
  • Shoulder Cartilage Treatment
  • Shoulder Dislocation Treatment
  • Shoulder Fracture Treatment
  • Shoulder Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Shoulder Reconstruction
  • Shoulder Replacement
  • Shoulder Resurfacing
  • Shoulder Stabilizations
  • Shoulder Surgery
  • Steroid Injection
  • Synovial Biopsy
  • Viscosupplementation With Hyaluronate

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for New York.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • Stanford University
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1986
  • Case Western Reserve Univ
    Medical School | Graduated 1990
  • Beth Israel Hospital
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1991
  • Tufts Medical Center
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1995
  • Columbia University/NY Presbyterian Hosp
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1996
  • University of Maryland
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1998

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Levine has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center

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Hospital Quality

2018 Five Star Recipient for Total Knee Replacement

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Dr. Levine's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Levine to family and friends
based on 97 total reviews (35 with comments)
Dr. Levine Says:

We value our patients' feedback and strive to make your experience as stress-free as possible. Our team of health care providers includes doctors, nurses, nurse practitioners, athletic trainers and medical assistants and our goal is quite simple - provide the highest quality care possible for our patients. Your feedback ensures that we are always re-assessing and striving to achieve these goals. We...

Dr. Levine's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
  • Explains condition(s) well
  • Answers Questions
  • Time well spent
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Average wait time
    10 to 15 minutes
Patient Comments (35)
in Newburgh, NY |
When I first came to Dr. Levine's office, moving my shoulder/arm was extremely painful. The pain was restricting my ability to do daily activities. Dr. Levin and his crew did a complete shoulder replacement. I expected to have a great deal of pain but it was minimal! Today, a year later, I have full functioning of my shoulder with NO pain. I am delighted, and I have recommended Dr. Levine and his team to several friends - the experience was optimal!!
in Danbury Ct |
On my first visit with Dr. Levine he answered all my questions, I never felt rushed,he spent more time with me than the other two doctors I saw combined . I had a full shoulder replacement and the surgery was very successful , Dr. Levine made me feel very comfortable and I would highly recommend anyone having shoulder surgery to pay him a visit.
in East Brunswick, NJ |
Dr. William Levine is the best.. I didn't know what to expect when I was told I needed a total reversed shoulder replacement.. Dr. Levine explained what would be done, made me very comfortable and without hesitation or a second opinion, I knew he was the doctor to perform my surgery.. I am thrilled with my results and would recommend Dr. Levine in a heartbeat..
Fantastic - Both he and his staff!!!!
in New York, NY |
outstanding surgeon ,great pt.care and follow up.
New York, NY |
For my first major surgery (bankart labrum repair), I could not have had a better experience. Dr. Levine and his staff were responsive with appointments and able to answer any question I had regarding the surgery and/or post-op appointments. The facilities that Dr. Levine uses through Columbia Health are also top notch.
New York, NY |
Dr. Levine diagnosed and repaired my torn rotator cuff (reattached supraspinatus). Recovery is coming along as expected.
New York, NY |
Not only is Dr Levine an excellent surgeon, he is able to explain everything clearly at every step of the way. He set my expectations realistically and my entire experience from office visits to surgery was top notch. The office is one of the best run medical offices I have ever dealt with.
in New York, NY |
Very positive. Good result and generally pleasant interactions, especially during clinic visits. He was a bit curt in responding to some of my queries before the procedure on the day of the surgery (they were logistical, not medical, and had to do with when and where my wife should pick me up after the procedure -- he seemed annoyed by the question yet he was clearly very busy). Otherwise everything has been excellent and I would definitely return to him if I had a similar problem in the future.
New York, NY |
Dr. Levine was superb in not only explaining to myself and my family what exactly was wrong with me when no one else could, but also in totally fixing my knee and ensuring I could return to top shape.
in Massapequa, NY |
Dr Levine performed surgery on my left shoulder. It was a complete replacement. I have to say it has been a phenomenal experience with him. I feel great and have complete range of motion restored. His expertise and knowledge surpassed my expectations and his bed side manner is second to none. There is never a wait time to be seen at my appointments. I came to him for a second opinion and thank God that I chose him for surgery. I would recommend him to everyone I know.
in Briarcliff Manor, NY |
The care I received from Dr. Levine and every member of his team was truly outstanding! From the immediate appointment to assess the options for my severed Achilles Tendon through the surgery and post operation care by Nurse Practitioner Renee Bloomfield, the medical attention and care was of the highest possible quality.
in Mount Vernon, NY |
I simply can't thank Dr. Levine enough! His directness and courtesy considerably reduced my despair. His skill as a surgeon is reflected by the fact that my once dead left arm/shoulder (rotator cuff tear) now feels great! Frankly, it was an excellent experience in an otherwise awful time.
in New York, NY |
Dr. Levine and his team were absolutely amazing throughout the whole process of my surgery. I was hit by a car while riding my bike, the impact fractured my clavicle, which required surgery. Dr. Levine called me at 10pm the night after the accident because he wanted to get me in for surgery that week. He and Columbia took such amazing care of me during the surgery and the whole post-op process. I am now fully healed and am back to work as a drummer, experiencing no pain as I perform each night!
in Lyndhurst, NJ |
From the very first visit to the surgery to the last follow-up, Dr. Levine and his staff provided a level of care that I had never experienced before. My visits were consistently positive -- A high leveI of care and concern, thoroughness in treatment, etc. All of which led to a positive recovery and outcome. I highly recommend Dr. Levine.
in West Orange, NJ |
Dr. Levine did my right total shoulder replacement on 4/13/16 and my left total shoulder replacement 10/26/16. I had so much confidence in his skills as a surgeon that having the second surgery was a cinch! He always took his time in talking to me about my comfort and progress whether he was in his office or in my hospital room.I found him to be very professional as well as compassionate! His office staff was always very supportive to all my needs and requests.
in Ridgewood, NJ |
WOW. Dr. Levine's level of care has been tremendous. From the first appointment and diagnosis to the surgical procedure and aftercare I have only the highest praise for his skills and and concern for my recovery. The staff that supports him in both the Midtown and Englewood offices showed the same level of concern for me. My procedure went as planned with almost no post-op pain and the recovery has been quick and without complications. Kudos to Dr. Levine.
in New York, NY |
Dr. Levine was absolutely spectacular! From my first visit, through the entire procedure, and almost a year's worth of post op he was caring, took time to explain, and most importantly did an outstanding job on my difficult shoulder surgery. I'd highly recommend him and consider myself very fortunate to have been under his care. Great Job Dr Levine! Thanks again.
in New York, NY |
My experience with Dr Levine and his staff was all around excellent. Dr Levine is warm, friendly and easy to talk to . He takes as much time needed to answer any questions. His entire staff including front the desk are friendly and helpful as well. The surgery on my broken elbow was a success and I am back to full use if not better than before! Anytime I had a concern about my elbow the office was able to fit me in right away to see the doctor. I would highly recommend Dr Levine and his staff
Outstanding result - full range of motion in all directions, zero pain ever from surgical date to present (2 years), continue to gain strength (up to 2/3 of current opposite arm, continue t o build strength). Able to work with weights twice weekly, very good progress. Playing tennis regularly with no limitations, no problems with backhand or serves. No indication to me that I even have an implement. I would strongly recommend Dr. Levine to anyone who is considering shoulder surgery.
in New York, NY |
Dr. Levine and his office has been so responsive, so caring and the result of his attention has been so successful for me. Everything in this office is done with excellence and care, indicating Dr. Levine's talent in the care of this patient, for sure. .
in Brooklyn, NY |
Dr. Levine came highly recommended for his surgical skills and this was the primary reason for choosing him. He was warm, friendly and cheerful during each of my appointments and always pleased with my progress...Again a testament to his surgical skills
in New York, NY |
My experience with Dr. Levine was great. When I came to him with a broken arm he made the decision on how to proceed with my career in mind. I had some complications with the bone healing on its own so we eventually did surgery. This was my first surgery and he made me feel 100% safe. My arm and my scar have both recovered very nicely and I was back dancing in no time! He made me a Bionic Rockette, and I'm so grateful for his help!
Bronx, NY |
He might be a great surgeon if you can get past his rude bedside manner. I couldn't and went to Hospital for Special Surgery, which is a world-renowned institution with a skilled and caring staff.
So sorry that you had such a poor experience. All I can do is tell you how sorry I am since we pride ourselves on taking great care of patients. I am sorry that I let you down and hope that your problem has been properly addressed. wnl
in Randolph, NJ |
Cannot recommend strong enough. A grade 5 AC joint dislocation - post-surgery I have made a full recovery. The arm feels great, I am back to activities, no restrictions. Dr. Levine and his staff were terrific.
in Mount Kisco, NY |
I originally saw Dr. Levine for a second opinion and came away with such a favorable opinion that I asked him to perform my shoulder surgery. Dr. Levine was very patient and never left the room until he had answered all of my questions. I did not feel rushed at all. I am very pleased with the outcome of my shoulder replacement and with the performance of the entire team.
in Rockaway, NJ |
Dr. Levine is a caring, knowledgeable doctor. He made me feel at ease from the start. Before and after my rotator cuff surgery, he explained the problem in easy to understand terms and what to expect afterwards. The colored photographs of the inside of my arm before and during the procedure are awesome! Dr. Levine is the best!
in New City, NY |
I had rotator cuff surgery and the entire process of my care was great. At the doctors office starting at reception exceptionally nice especially Kinga. The RN Brooke and Mike were fantastic and very helpf. Nurse practitioner Rene and surgery schedule people all who helped me along the way, and of course my great surgeon Dr. William Levine Thank you!
in New York, NY |
I waited 2 hours to see Dr. Levine. When he finally saw me, he did not apologize or even acknowledge the amount of time I had waited. He then proceeded to spend a minute or so examining my knee and diagnosed me in less than two minutes. He was out of the examination room in three minutes. Unbelieveable. When I told my physical therapist the diagnosis, she said it was basically meaningless. Oh, and his office failed to send a prescription to my pharmacy even after a reminder call. Awful.
I am very sorry that you had such a poor experience. Clearly not what I strive for. I end every patient encounter with the same question, "do you have any other questions" but obviously you were very disappointed with your appointment and I do apologize. Hope your knee is doing better nonetheless - wnl
New York, NY |
Based on a referral from a friend, I called Dr. Levine's office after an accident. Even though he had never seen me before, Dr. Levine called me while he was out-of-town to set up a treatment plan. I was absolutely confident in the treatment plan that Dr. Levine laid out; and throughout treatment, which included surgery and physical therapy, Dr. Levine and his staff were wonderful. They provided clear, thorough information and were very responsive to my questions.
in New York, NY |
Dr. Levine and his staff are amazing. Priorer to my surgey I had injections and did physical therapy. I thought my shoudler would never heal. After my surgey it felt like every day it got better. After 3.5 months I didnt even think about my shoulder anymore because it felt completely healed. Dr. Levine was extremely thorough and I highly reccommend him to anyone experiencing shoulder problems.
in New York, NY |
I read all the literature I could find from a number of institutions before the operation to get some idea of what I could expect. Everything went far better than the literature indicated and thanks to perfect surgery and excellent physical therapy my recovery was about 2 months faster than estimated.
in New York |
Great doctor. I fractured my elbow before rotator cuff surgery but the doctor kept on the operation schedule and worked my physical therapy in to work on the fractured elbow and recovery from rotator surgery. The staff were very good about answering questions and giving guidance before and after surgery. Its six months after surgery and I'm 95% recovered. Expect full recovery in about six months.Was able to go to Cambodia and Thailand on vacation 3 months after surgery.
in South Orange, NJ |
Dr Levine is an extremely personable and skilled physician. My shoulder is almost like new. I am so happy that Dr Levine was recommended to me. Thank you Dr Levine By the way, I especially liked the doctor's footwear for surgery..
in Brooklyn, NY |
Dr. Levine repaired my Left ACL and it was succesful surgery. He was knowledgeable, fiendly and approachable. His office staff was always helpful and his nursing staff was avilable post-surgery and along the way to answer questions when/if they arose.
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Dr. Levine accepts 28 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
    Aetna HMO
    Aetna PPO
  • Amerigroup (Wellpoint)
  • CareOregon
  • CareSource
  • Cigna
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • Community Health Choice
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Health Net
  • HealthPlus
  • HealthPlus Amerigroup
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
  • Husky Health
  • inHealth
  • INTotal Health
  • MagnaCare
  • Medica
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
    Special Needs Plan SNP
  • Midwest Health Plan
  • Molina Healthcare
  • Oxford Health Plans
  • Peach State Health Plan
  • Simply Healthcare Plans
  • Staywell (Wellcare)
  • UnitedHealthCare
    United Healthcare
  • Wellcare of Georgia
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