Orthopedic and Spine Industry Leader to Know: Dr. Craig Levitz of Orlin & Cohen Orthopedic Group in New York

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Craig Levitz, MD, partner at Orlin & Cohen Orthopedic Group in Rockville Centre, N.Y., currently spreads his expertise on knee, shoulder and elbow disorders to future physicians around the world. He is lead faculty for Smith & Nephew's minimally invasive knee and shoulder surgery course and serves as consultant to other major orthopedic companies.

Recently, The New York Times called on Dr. Levitz to share his expertise on shoulder injury for major league pitchers, focusing on the recent surgery of Johan Santana, a pitcher for the New York Metz. Dr. Levitz also has an expertise in using computer-assisted and robotic technology to perform minimally invasive spine procedures. Though he is experienced in performing knee surgery, he feels the technology could help reach better outcomes.

"In the short term, I'm seeing much better results and much better alignment," says Dr. Levitz. He uses the technology even though it requires spending more time in the operating room and additional funds for the equipment. "Medicine is not just a business. It is a trust and obligation. Ultimately, you want the best results for your patients and I think robotics can give you that."

Dr. Levitz is chief of orthopedic surgery at South Nassau Community Hospital, an affiliate of the Columbia (N.Y.) University Healthcare System. He has authored several scientific papers and made presentations around the country. He is a current member of the Arthroscopic Association of North America, the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. He has past and present affiliations with the Auburn University football team, Toronto Blue Jays and the Tampa Bay Rays.

Dr. Levitz earned his medical degree at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in Philadelphia, where he also completed his residency. He also completed a fellowship under sports medicine leader James Andrews, MD, of Andrews Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center in Birmingham, Ala.

Read other coverage on orthopedic and spine leaders:

- Orthopedic and Spine Industry Leader to Know: Dr. Bert Mandelbaum of Santa Monica Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Group

- Orthopedic and Spine Industry Leader to Know: Dr. Thomas P. Sculco of the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City

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