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Leading Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Surgeon Joins Team to Expand Topnotch Program

February 02, 2024

Bruce Levy, MD, an internationally recognized specialist in complex knee and hip injuries, recently joined Orlando Health Jewett Orthopedic Institute as an orthopedic and sports medicine surgeon. In his new position, Dr. Levy also serves as the academic chief of sports medicine and director of the Sports Medicine Surgical Fellowship program. 

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Levy Bruce, MD

Dr. Levy relocated to Orlando from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, where he served as a professor of orthopedic surgery in the Division of Sports Medicine and was the program director for the Mayo Clinic Orthopedic Sports Medicine Fellowship. With expertise in knee dislocation and multi-ligament knee reconstruction, primary/revision hip arthroscopy, ACL revision reconstruction, osteotomies about the knee and meniscus transplantation, the board-certified expert helps support the advanced treatment options offered by the Orlando Health program. 

“My academic career has focused predominantly on complex knee trauma and hip arthroscopy,” says Dr. Levy, a site principal investigator for several multicenter trials funded by the National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Department of Defense. He has published more than 300 scientific papers and lectures extensively worldwide. Recently, he was a panelist on the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons’ webinar “Comprehensive Management of Multiligament Injuries of the Knee: How to Optimize Outcomes” and, in October, was the American Journal of Sports Medicine’s featured author of the month for his research article “Arthroscopic Lysis of Adhesions for Arthrofibrosis After Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction.”

George Haidukewych, MD
George Haidukewych, MD

A decades-long friendship with George J. Haidukewych, MD, with whom he trained in residency at the Mayo Clinic, encouraged the surgeon to consider Orlando. “Dr. Levy is a globally recognized expert in sports medicine and brings world-class clinical and academic expertise to our practice,” says Dr. Haidukewych, director of orthopedic trauma, chief of complex joint replacement and academic chairman for the orthopedic faculty practice at Orlando Health Jewett Orthopedic Institute. One of the nation’s top training programs for orthopedic physicians, Orlando Health’s orthopedic residency is highly ranked by the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

Michael Jablonski, MD, physician president of Orlando Health Jewett Orthopedic Institute, first met Dr. Levy in 2018 when the Minnesota-based surgeon reconstructed the knee of a University of Central Florida athlete after a devastating injury. “Dr. Levy joining us represents our commitment to excellence, not only in patient care but also in educating our future orthopedic surgeons at the highest level,” says Dr. Jablonski.

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Michael Jablonski, MD

The opportunity to work with two well-respected colleagues ultimately convinced Dr. Levy to make the move. “They said, ‘Come join us. We're building a brand new, state-of-the-art hospital and surgery center, and need someone who can lead the sports medicine program into a new era of academia and research.’ And I thought, wow, that sounds like a really exciting challenge. The timing just seemed right.”

Dr. Levy joins a multidisciplinary team of 50-plus orthopedic physicians at Orlando Health Jewett Orthopedic Institute, which provides comprehensive care for over 250,000 patients annually. In August, Orlando Health Jewett Orthopedic Institute opened the only orthopedic-specific specialty hospital in the Southeast. It is part of a 375,000-square-foot complex in downtown Orlando devoted to all aspects of orthopedic and spine care, from prevention and diagnostics to therapeutic and surgical treatment options.

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