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South Nassau’s Dr. Craig Levitz One of First in US to Earn Certification in Sports Medicine

Craig Levitz, MD, has earned subspecialty Board Certification in Orthopedic Sports Medicine from the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery. Dr. Levitz, Chairman of the Department of Orthopedics and Orthopedic Surgery at South Nassau Communities Hospital, is one of the first doctors in the United States to earn the certification.

Requirements for the certification include demonstrating significant competence and experience in performing sports medicine surgical cases (primarily arthroscopic surgeries), passing a comprehensive written examination, and peer recommendations. Board certification is a voluntary process on the part of any physician.

“A Board certified physician has met certain standards and has passed tests that are developed to assure the public that he or she has been adequately trained in a given specialty,” said Joshua Kugler, MD, Chief Medical Officer. “It’s an achievement and qualification that demonstrates Dr. Levitz’s commitment to providing leading-edge, patient-centered orthopedic surgical and medical care.”

Dr. Levitz has been in the forefront of sports medicine and in the use of advanced, minimally invasive surgical technologies to repair common and severe orthopedic injuries suffered by professional, amateur, college and high school athletes. As Chairman of South Nassau’s Department of Orthopedics, his responsibilities include supervision of South Nassau's Center for Advanced Orthopedics and leading the research and development of orthopedic surgical technologies and procedures.

The Center for Advanced Orthopedics is one of the first of its kind in the Northeast to commit to using arthroscopic technology and minor incisions to repair common, and sometimes even serious, knee or shoulder injuries. The Center’s surgeons also specialize in minimally invasive joint replacement surgery.

Dr. Levitz has more than a decade of experience in orthopaedic surgery, sports medicine, and research. Following his residency, he was selected among hundreds of applicants for a fellowship with Dr. James R. Andrews, the internationally renowned and respected sports medicine surgeon. He joined the medical staff of South Nassau Communities Hospital in February of 1999. In August of 2002, he was named Chief of Sports Medicine Service and a member of the Operating Room Committee. The following month, he was appointed the hospital’s lead faculty member for the Smith and Nephew Global Minimally Invasive Surgery Program. He assumed the role of Director of Orthopaedics and Orthopaedic Surgery in May 2004.

Dr. Levitz has served as the team physician for a number of schools at the secondary and higher education level, and he also has served on the professional sports circuit as team physician for the New York Titans, as a physician for the Professional Golfers Association (PGA) Tour, and as a spring training medical staff member for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays and Cincinnati Reds, among others. He is currently a Member of the Major League Baseball Panel of Physicians.

Board Certified in Orthopaedic Surgery, Dr. Levitz has served on the scientific advisory boards of leading corporations such as Oratec Interventions and Smith and Nephew Orthopaedics. He has performed research and development at a number of prestigious institutions.

A frequent lecturer and published author, Dr. Levitz has shared his expertise in national forums and meetings, published numerous abstracts, and appeared in such prestigious medical journals as the Journal of Arthroscopy, Clinical Orthopaedics, American Journal of Sports Medicine, American Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery and the Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons.

Dr. Levitz received his Bachelor of Arts from Cornell University, graduating Cum Laude with Academic Distinction in all subjects. He received his M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, where his numerous achievements included membership in the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society as well as receipt of the Williams Munns Memorial Award for outstanding performance in surgery.

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