Chair Extension and New Executive Leadership Roles for L. Scott Levin, MD, FACS

June 8, 2021

To:PSOM Faculty and Staff

From:J. Larry Jameson, MD, PhD
Kevin B. Mahoney

We are pleased to announce that L. Scott Levin MD, FACS, who completes his second term as Chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery on June 30, will assume new executive leadership roles at Penn Medicine as Vice President and Associate Dean for Resource Development in the Perelman School of Medicine. These appointments, which take effect July 1, are concurrent with a two-year extension of his term as Department Chair.

In these new roles, Dr. Levin will serve as a key leadership team member and a senior advisor in making strategic philanthropic decisions impacting Penn Medicine. Dr. Levin’s reputation as a pioneering surgeon and compassionate clinician, along with his track record of success as an institutional leader, make him the ideal “champion” to help cultivate and steward philanthropic support from individuals, corporations, and foundations. He will serve as a prominent public face of Penn Medicine, forging new relationships to grow our institution’s impact and financial resources.

In order to dedicate time for these new responsibilities, Dr. Levin will be stepping down as Medical Director of the Musculoskelatal and Rheumatology Service Line later this calendar year once a successor has been appointed.  We will convene an internal search process to name a successor as soon as possible.

Dr. Levin is the Paul B. Magnuson Professor of Bone and Joint Surgery and Professor of Surgery in the Division of Plastic Surgery and heads the Vascularized Composite Allotransplantation (VCA) Program at Penn. Widely known for establishing the field of “Orthoplastic surgery,” he specializes in reconstructive microsurgical and microvascular techniques for extremity reconstruction and led the teams at Penn and CHOP that performed path-breaking bilateral hand and arm transplants, including the world’s first bilateral hand transplant in a child.

In addition to his acclaimed surgical practice, Dr. Levin has been a transformational leader of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. During his tenure, the Department has come to be recognized as one of the premiere orthopaedic surgery departments in the country. The size of the faculty has grown and its clinical program has expanded, with improvements in care quality and access as well as the development of additional disease teams and clinical pathways. Dr. Levin is also an award-winning educator and prolific physician-scientist. Under his leadership, the expanded scope and quality of the Department’s educational and research missions have paralleled the growth of its clinical mission.

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Levin on his new leadership roles at Penn Medicine and the extension of his impactful term as Chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery.