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L. Scott Levin, MD, FACS, FAOA

L. Scott Levin, MD, FACS, FAOA Physician

Chair, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery Paul B. Magnuson Professor of Bone and Joint Surgery

Dr. Levin is employed by Penn Medicine.

About Dr. L. Scott Levin

Recognized by America's Top Doctors, 2010, 2012 - 2018

Recognized by Best Doctors in America 2009 - 2018

Recognized annually in Philadelphia magazine's Top Docs issues, 2010 - 2019

Patient Satisfaction Ratings

Patient Rating Breakdown

The Patient Satisfaction Rating is an average of all responses to the care provider related questions shown below from our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey. Patients that are treated in outpatient or hospital environments may receive different surveys, and the volume of responses will vary by question.

Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.

Comments are submitted by patients and reflect their views and opinions. The comments are not endorsed by and do not necessarily reflect the views of Penn Medicine.

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Clinical Specialties


  • Orthopaedic Surgery

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Orthopaedic Surgery, 1993
  • Plastic Surgery, 1993
  • Surgery - Surgery of the Hand, 1994

Clinical Expertise:

  • Abnormalities of the Hands
  • Amputation of Finger
  • Amputation of Thumb
  • Animal Bite of the Hand
  • Anterior Interosseous Compression Neuropathy
  • Anterior Interosseous Nerve Syndrome
  • Arthritis of Fingers
  • Arthritis of Hand
  • Arthritis of Thumb
  • Arthroplasty Wrist
  • Arthroscopy of Wrist
  • Avascular Necrosis of Scaphoid
  • Avascular Necrosis of the Fingers
  • Avascular Necrosis of the Hand
  • Avascular Necrosis of the Lunate
  • Avascular Necrosis of the Wrist
  • Basal Joint Arthritis
  • Basal Joint Arthritis Surgery
  • Benign Tumor Removal of the Hand
  • Boutonniere Deformity
  • Brachial Plexus Exploration and Repair
  • Brachial Plexus Injury
  • Bursectomy of Hand
  • Bursitis of the Hand
  • Bursitis of the Wrist
  • Cancerous Tumor Removal of the Hand
  • Carpal Sequestrectomy
  • Carpal Tunnel Release
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Carpometacarpal Boss
  • Cat Bite of Hand
  • Claw Hand
  • Cmc Thumb Arthroplasty
  • Cold Sensitivity Hands
  • Colles Fracture
  • Cubital Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cyst Removal
  • de Quervain's Disease
  • Degenerative Joint Disease of the Hand
  • Developmental and Congenital Hand Deformities
  • Developmental Hand Deformities
  • Digital Mucous Cysts
  • Digital Nerve Repair
  • Dislocated Thumb
  • Dislocation of Wrist
  • Distal Biceps Tendon Problem
  • Distal Ulnar Fracture
  • Dog Bite of Hand
  • Dupuytren's Contracture
  • Ectrodactyly
  • Elbow Fracture
  • Endoscopic Carpal Tunnel Release
  • Epicondylitis
  • Extensor Tendon Laceration
  • Extensor Tendon Repair
  • Fasciotomy of Hand
  • Felon
  • Finger Abscess
  • Finger Arthritis
  • Finger Deformity
  • Finger Fracture
  • Finger Injection
  • Finger Pain
  • Finger Reattachment
  • Finger Sprain
  • Flexor Tendon Repair
  • Forearm Fracture
  • Frostbite of Finger
  • Gamekeeper's Thumb
  • Ganglion Cyst
  • Ganglion Cyst Removal
  • Giant Cell Tumor of Tendon Sheath of Hand
  • Glomangioma
  • Glomus Tumor
  • Gout of the Hand
  • Gout of the Wrist
  • Gymnast's Wrist
  • Hand and Wrist Surgery
  • Hand Deformities
  • Hand Fracture
  • Hand Infection
  • Hand Injuries
  • Hand Mass
  • Hand Pain
  • Hand Steroid Injection
  • Hand Tendon Injury
  • Hand Tendon Repair
  • Hand Tendon Transfer
  • Hand Tendonitis
  • Hand Wound
  • High Pressure Injection Injury of Hand
  • Human Bite of the Hand
  • Hypothenar Hammer Syndrome
  • Joint Surgery of Hand
  • Joint Surgery of the Wrist
  • Lesion of Ulnar Nerve
  • Lunate Fracture
  • Madelung Deformity
  • Mallet Finger
  • Malunion Fracture of the Hand
  • Median Neuropathy
  • Melanoma On Finger
  • Melanoma On Hand
  • Metacarpal Sequestrectomy
  • Metacarpophalangeal Fusion
  • Microsurgery of the Hand
  • Microsurgical Replantation of the Hand
  • Microvascular Epiphyseal Plate Transplantation
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery of the Hand
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery of the Wrist
  • Monteggia Fracture
  • Mp Joint Arthritis
  • Nail Bed Surgery
  • Nail Injuries
  • Nerve Reconstruction
  • Nonunion Fracture of the Hand
  • Olecranon Bursitis
  • Oligodactyly - Hand
  • Osteoarthritis of Fingers
  • Osteoarthritis of Hand
  • Osteoarthritis of the Hand
  • Osteochondral Lesion of the Wrist
  • Osteonecrosis of the Hand
  • Palmar Fasciitis
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Pollicization
  • Polydactyly
  • Postraumatic Radioulnar Synostosis
  • Psoriatic Arthritis
  • Radial Club Hand
  • Radial Nerve Neuropathy
  • Radial Pseudoarthrosis Nonunion
  • Radius Fracture
  • Reconstruction of Thumb
  • Reconstructive Hand Surgery
  • Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
  • Repair Mallet Finger
  • Repair Trigger Thumb
  • Replantation of Extremities
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)
  • Rotator Cuff Injury
  • Scaphoid Fracture
  • Shoulder Arthritis
  • Shoulder Fracture
  • Surgery for de Quervain's Tenosynovitis
  • Swan Neck Deformity
  • Symbrachydactyly
  • Syndactyly
  • Syndactyly Repair
  • Synovectomy of Wrist
  • Tendinitis of the Hand
  • Tendinitis of the Wrist
  • Tendon Pulley Reconstruction
  • Tendon Repair
  • Tenoplasty of Hand
  • Tenosynovitis
  • Tenosynovitis of Hand
  • Thumb Arthritis
  • Thumb Fracture
  • Thumb Hypoplasia
  • Thumb Reattachment
  • Toe Transfer
  • Triangular Fibrocartilage Complex Injury
  • Trigger Finger
  • Trigger Finger Release
  • Trigger Thumb
  • Ulna Fracture
  • Ulnar Claw
  • Ulnar Club Hand
  • Ulnar Nerve Decompression
  • Ulnar Nerve Injury
  • Ulnar Nerve Subluxation
  • Ulnar Nerve Surgery
  • Ulnar Pseudoarthrosis Nonunion
  • Ulnar Variance
  • Ulnocarpal Abutment Syndrome
  • Upper Extremity Neuropathy
  • Volkmann's Ischemic Contracture
  • Wartenberg's Syndrome
  • Wrist Arthritis
  • Wrist Fracture
  • Wrist Fusion
  • Wrist Injuries
  • Wrist Instability
  • Wrist Reconstruction
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Practice Locations and Appointments

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna US Healthcare
  • Amerihealth Caritas
  • Amerihealth Caritas Medicare
  • Cigna
  • Cigna HealthSpring
  • Clover Health Plan
  • CVS Health
  • Devon Health Services (Americare)
  • eLAP Services
  • Gateway Health Plan
  • Geisinger Health Plan
  • HealthAmerica / HealthAssurance, a Coventry Plan
  • HealthPartners
  • HealthPartners Medicare
  • HealthSmart
  • Highmark Blue Shield
  • Homestead Smart Health Plans
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
  • Humana / Choicecare
  • Independence Blue Cross (Keystone East)
  • Intergroup
  • Keystone First
  • Keystone First Medicare
  • Multiplan
  • NJ Medicaid
  • NJ Qualcare
  • Oscar Health Plan of PA
  • Oxford Health Plan
  • PA Health and Wellness (Centene) Medicare
  • PA Medicaid
  • PA Medicare
  • Preferred Health Care/LGH
  • Provider Partners Health Plan
  • Rail Road Medicare / Palmetto GBA
  • Remedy Partners at Penn Medicine
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
  • UnitedHealthcare Community Plan
  • US Family Health Plan
  • Veterans Choice Program

Education and Training

Medical School: Temple University School of Medicine
Residency: Duke University Medical Center
Fellowship: Duke University Medical Center


Academic Orthopaedic Alumni Association, National Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, National American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, National American Association of Plastic Surgeons, National American Board of Plastic Surgery, National American College of Surgeons, National American Israeli Orthopaedic Society, International American Orthopaedic Association, National American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society, National American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery, National American Society for Reconstructive Transplantation, National American Society for Surgery of the Hand, National American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons, National American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, National Armed Forces Institute of Regenerative Medicine, Rutgers Cleveland Clinic Consortium-Composite Tissue Allotransplantation, National Association of Academic Chairman of Plastic Surgery, National British Society for Surgery of the Hand, International DeForest Willard Society, University of Pennsylvania Health System, Local Duke Hand Club, Local Eastern Orthopaedic Association, Local German Society for Orthopaedics and Trauma, International Groupe pour l’Avancement de la Microchirurgie, International International Federation of the Society for Surgery of the Hand (IFSSH), International International Microsurgery Society, International International Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery, International KIROS, National Musculoskeletal Infection Society, National New Millennium Hand Club, National North Carolina Medical Society, Local North Carolina Society for Surgery of the Hand, Local Orthopaedic Research Society, National Orthopaedic Trauma Association, National Pennsylvania Orthopaedic Society, Local Piedmont Orthopaedic Society, National Plastic Surgery Educational Foundation, National Plastic Surgery Educational Foundation, National Societe International de Chirurgie et de Traumatologie (SICOT), International Society of Military Orthopaedic Surgeons, National Southeastern Hand Club, National Southeastern Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons, National Southern Medical Association, National Southern Orthopaedic Association, National Temple University School of Medicine Alumni Association, Local Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society, National World Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery, International

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Levin is employed by Penn Medicine.

Hospital Privileges:

  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Penn Medicine Rittenhouse Long-Term Acute Care Hospital: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Penn Presbyterian Medical Center: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Pennsylvania Hospital: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.


Selected Publications:

Levin L Scott: From Autotransplantation to Allotransplantation: A Perspective on the Future of Reconstructive Microsurgery. Journal of reconstructive microsurgery : 2018.

Kazmers Nikolas H, Thibaudeau Stephanie, Gerety Patrick, Lambi Alex G, Levin Lawrence Scott: Versatility of the Medial Femoral Condyle Flap for Extremity Reconstruction and Identification of Risk Factors for Nonunion, Delayed Time to Union, and Complications. Annals of plastic surgery 80 (4): 364-372,2018.

Kazmers Nikolas H, Liu Tiffany C, Wu Chia H, Steinberg David R, Bozentka David J, Levin L Scott, Gray Benjamin L: Deferring Routine Wrist Radiography Does Not Affect Management of de Quervain Tendinopathy Patients. Journal of wrist surgery 7 (2): 115-120,2018.

Colen David L, Carney Martin J, Shubinets Valeriy, Lanni Michael A, Liu Tiffany, Levin L Scott, Lee Gwo-Chin, Kovach Stephen J: Soft-Tissue Reconstruction of the Complicated Knee Arthroplasty: Principles and Predictors of Salvage. Plastic and reconstructive surgery 141 (4): 1040-1048,2018.

Weissenbacher Annemarie, Cendales Linda, Morelon Emmanuel, Petruzzo Palmina, Brandacher Gerald, Friend Peter J, Gorantla Vijay, Kaufman Christina, Krapf Johanna, Levin Lawrence Scott, Vrakas Georgios, Schneeberger Stefan: Meeting Report of the 13th Congress of the International Society of Vascularized Composite Allotransplantation. Transplantation : 2018.

Yan Chun Hoi, Arciola Carla Renata, Soriano Alex, Levin L Scott, Bauer Thomas W, Parvizi Javad: Team Approach: The Management of Infection After Total Knee Replacement. JBJS reviews 6 (4): e9,2018.

Levin L Scott: Reply to Letter: Muscle versus fasciocutaneous free flaps in lower extremity traumatic reconstruction: A multicenter outcomes analysis. Plastic and reconstructive surgery : 2018.

Levin L Scott: Discussion: Long-Term Patient-Reported Outcomes following Free Flap Lower Extremity Reconstruction for Traumatic Injuries. Plastic and reconstructive surgery 141 (3): 784-785,2018.

Kamei Naosuke, Ochi Mitsuo, Adachi Nobuo, Ishikawa Masakazu, Yanada Shinobu, Levin L Scott, Kamei Goki, Kobayashi Takaaki: The safety and efficacy of magnetic targeting using autologous mesenchymal stem cells for cartilage repair. Knee surgery, sports traumatology, arthroscopy : official journal of the ESSKA : 2018.

Gaetz William, Kessler Sudha K, Roberts Tim P L, Berman Jeffrey I, Levy Todd J, Hsia Michelle, Humpl Deborah, Schwartz Erin S, Amaral Sandra, Chang Ben, Levin Lawrence Scott: Massive cortical reorganization is reversible following bilateral transplants of the hands: evidence from the first successful bilateral pediatric hand transplant patient. Annals of clinical and translational neurology 5 (1): 92-97,2018.

Academic Contact Info

Penn Medicine University City
3737 Market Street, 6th Floor

Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: (215) 662-3340
Patient appointments: 800-789-7366 (PENN)

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