Benjamin Levi, M.D.

  • Dr. Lee Hudson-Robert R. Penn Chair in Surgery
  • Surgery - Burn, Trauma, Acute and Critical Care Surgery
  • Burn Reconstructive Surgery
  • Scar Reconstructive Surgery

Biography

Benjamin Levi, M.D., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery at UT Southwestern Medical Center. He holds the Dr. Lee Hudson-Robert R. Penn Chair in Surgery and Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and serves as Division Chief of Burn, Trauma, Acute and Critical Care Surgery. He specializes in acute and reconstructive burn surgery and scar reconstructive surgery.

Dr. Levi earned his medical degree at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He completed a residency in plastic and reconstructive surgery at the University of Michigan Hospital. He received advanced training through a research fellowship in pediatric regenerative medicine at Stanford University and a clinical fellowship in surgical critical care and burn surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital and Shriners Hospitals for Children – Boston.

Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Surgery, Dr. Levi joined the UT Southwestern faculty in 2020. Previously, he was Director of the Burn/Wound and Regenerative Medicine Laboratory and Associate Director of Burn Surgery Service at the University of Michigan.

Dr. Levi’s research interests, which are funded by the National Institutes of Health, the American College of Surgeons, and the Department of Defense, include stem cell biology, heterotopic ossification, muscle fibrosis, tissue regeneration, wound healing and repair, and burn reconstruction outcomes.

He is the author of more than 100 scholarly articles, including high-impact papers in Science Translational Medicine, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and Nature Communications, as well as chapters in a number of textbooks, including Greenfield’s Surgery, Total Burn Care, Grabb and Smith’s Plastic Surgery, and Trauma. He has delivered presentations worldwide, held numerous invited professorships, and serves as a permanent editor and ad hoc editor for journals in his area of research.

Dr. Levi co-chairs the Reconstructive Special Interest Group of the American Burn Association. He is also a member of the American College of Surgeons, the American Council of Academic Plastic Surgeons, the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the Association for Academic Surgery, the Reed O. Dingman Society, and the Plastic Surgery Research Council.

Education & Training
  • Medical School - Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine (2001-2005)
  • Internship - University of Michigan Health System (2005-2006), General Surgery
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship - Stanford University (2009-2011), Pediatrics & Medical Genetics
  • Residency - University of Michigan Health System (2006-2013), Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
  • Other Post Graduate Training - Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Fellowship - Massachusetts General Hospital (2013-2014), Surgical Critical Care
Professional Associations & Affiliations
  • American Burn Association
  • American College of Surgeons
  • American Council of Academic Plastic Surgeons
  • American Society for Bone and Mineral Research
  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • Association for Academic Surgery
  • Reed O. Dingman Society
  • Plastic Surgery Research Council
Honors & Awards
  • American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR) Fuller Albright Award 2019
  • George H.A. Clowes Award 2018, American College of Surgeons
  • Young Investigator Award 2018, The American Society for Clinical Investigation
  • Academic Scholarship Award 2017, American Association of Plastic Surgery
  • First Inaugural AAS Plastic Surgery Young Investigator Award 2016, Association for Academic Surgery
  • Bernard G. Sarnat Excellence in Grant Writing Award 2016, Plastic Surgery Foundation
  • George H.A. Clowes Career Development Award 2015, American College of Surgeons
  • Joan L. and Julius H. Jacobson II Promising Investigator Award 2015, American College of Surgeons
  • Academic Scholarship Award 2015, American Association of Plastic Surgery
  • Research & Education Foundation Scholarship 2015, American Association for the Surgery of Trauma
Books & Publications
Research
  • Stem Cell Biology
  • Heterotopic Ossification
  • Tissue Regeneration
  • Wound Healing and Repair
  • Burn Reconstruction
  • Muscle Fibrosis

Clinical Focus

  • Burn Reconstructive Surgery
  • Scar Reconstructive Surgery
  • Acute Burn Surgery
  • Surgical Critical Care

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