"I'm very grateful to HSS because it has been the foundation of my career."
Dr. Levine came to Hospital for Special Surgery as a first-year Resident in 1961 and in 1968 was named Chief of the Scoliosis Service. For the next 30 years, he dedicated his life to helping patients and advancing standards in orthopaedic treatments. Along the way, he played an integral role in shaping and sharing the HSS story.
In 1995, Dr. Levine retired from patient care. However, leaving patient care did not mean leaving the Hospital. Instead Dr. Levine rejoined HSS as Director of Alumni Affairs in 2003. Dr. Levine's return also fueled his work for the Hospital's archives, expertly curating exhibits demonstrating how HSS has shaped the field of musculoskeletal health dating back to the Civil War.
Most recently, Dr. Levine published Anatomy of a Hospital: Hospital for Special Surgery 1863-2013, a chronological account of the Hospital's first 150 years. "I do these things because of my love for the Hospital and for what it represents," explains Dr. Levine. "HSS has a certain culture: small enough that people feel like they're part of a family."
Earlier this year, Dr. Levine took yet another step as a member of the HSS family when he joined the Wilson Society by adding a simple codicil to his will. The Wilson Society acknowledges the generosity of those donors who have included HSS in their estate plan. "I'm very grateful to HSS because it has been the foundation of my career," says Dr. Levine.
"My whole career at HSS has been associated with Dr. Philip Wilson, Jr. and Dr. Philip Wilson, Sr.," says Dr. Levine. "They helped me more than anybody else, and I think the world of them both."