Dr. William Levine, MD

Dr. William Levine, MD

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Orthopedic Sports Medicine  |  
Male  |  
52 y/o
82 reviews

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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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Care Philosophy

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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Personal Bio

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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Dr. Levine's Experience

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Dr. Levine's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:
  • Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
  • Specializes in Orthopedic Sports Medicine
  • Board certified in Orthopaedic Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Surgery
  • No malpractice claims found
  • No sanctions found
  • No board actions found
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Specialties

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

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

  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • 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)
  • Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) Sprain
  • 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
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)

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Procedures

  • ACL Surgery
  • All Shoulder or Elbow Replacement Procedures
  • 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
  • Partial Shoulder Replacement
  • 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
  • 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.

Education

  • 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

2017 Five Star Recipient for Total Knee Replacement

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Dr. Levine's Reviews

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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...

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Dr. Levine's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
    EXCELLENT
  • Explains condition(s) well
    EXCELLENT
  • Answers Questions
    EXCELLENT
  • Time well spent
    EXCELLENT
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
    EXCELLENT
  • Office environment
    EXCELLENT
  • Staff friendliness
    EXCELLENT
  • Average wait time
    10 to 15 minutes
Patient Reviews (20)
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
in TWP OF WASHINGTON, NJ |
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.
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)
    Medicaid
  • CareOregon
    Medicaid
  • CareSource
    Medicaid
  • Cigna
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • Community Health Choice
    Medicaid
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Health Net
    Medicaid
  • HealthPlus
    Medicaid
  • HealthPlus Amerigroup
    Medicaid
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
    Medicaid
  • Husky Health
    Medicaid
  • inHealth
    Medicaid
  • INTotal Health
    Medicaid
  • MagnaCare
  • Medica
    Medicaid
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
    Special Needs Plan SNP
  • Midwest Health Plan
    Medicaid
  • Molina Healthcare
    Medicaid
  • Oxford Health Plans
  • Peach State Health Plan
    Medicaid
  • Simply Healthcare Plans
    Medicaid
  • Staywell (Wellcare)
    Medicaid
  • UnitedHealthCare
    Medicaid
    United Healthcare
  • Wellcare of Georgia
    Medicaid
  • Worker's Compensation
    Worker's Compensation WC

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