Brett R. Levine, MD, MS Professor - Rush University Medical Center
Hip and Knee Reconstruction and Replacement Specialist

Brett R. Levine, MD, MS

Dr. Levine joined Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush August 1, 2008. His practice focuses on complex primary and revision hip and knee reconstructions, as well as less invasive total joint replacement surgery.

A medical graduate of Georgetown University School of Medicine, Dr. Levine completed his orthopedic residency at the NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases. Combined with his Adult Reconstructive Fellowship at Rush University Medical Center, Dr. Levine has trained at two of the top ten orthopedic hospitals in the nation.

Through his continued affiliation with Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush, Dr. Levine looks to advance his research in joint replacement technology including the latest minimally invasive techniques, porous biomaterials, and partial knee replacement technology. He is an active member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons, and the Mid-America Orthopaedic Association.

Practice Emphasis

Medical School

  • Georgetown University School of Medicine


  • NYU/Hospital for Joint Diseases


  • Rush University Medical Center Adult Reconstructive Orthopaedic Surgery

Board Certification

  • Board-certified in orthopaedic surgery, subspecialty adult reconstruction (September 2008); Recertification 2018


  • Licensed physician in Illinois State, January 2005 to Present. License No. 036-113094
  • Licensed physician in New York State, August 2001 to October 2006. License No. 222475


  • Harvard Surgical Leadership Program, Boston, MA (May 2021-May 2022)
  • Coursera Stanford University Machine Learning Course (Online Sept 2020-Jan 2021)
  • RUSH University Medical Center, Chicago, IL; Adult Reconstruction Fellowship (August 2005-2006)
  • Hospital for Joint Diseases-NYU, New York, NY; Orthopaedic Residency (July 2001-2005)
  • R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, Baltimore, MD; Trauma Rotation (Oct. 2003-March 2004)
  • NYU Hospital, Bellevue Hospital, NY VA Hospital; Surgical Internship (June 2001)
  • Georgetown University School of Medicine, Washington, DC; Doctorate of Medicine (May 2000)
  • Georgetown University, Washington, DC; MS in Physiology and Biophysics cum laude (August 1996)
  • American University, Washington, DC; BS in Chemistry; Minor in Mathematics cum laude (May 1995)


  • Recipient of the Commitment to Excellence Award for Edward Elmhurst Memorial Hospital (2022)
  • Inducted into the Hip Society (2021)
  • Selected as a faculty member for the 2021 AAHKS Spring Meeting (April-May 2021)
  • Recognized as a volunteer Expert in Orthopaedics from the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (2021)
  • Inducted into the Knee Society (2020)

    - Reviewer of The Knee Society Virtual Fellowship Chapters

  • Selected as Section Editor for AAOS Resident Curriculum (2020)
  • Selected as Associate Deputy Editor of Arthroplasty Today (2019)
  • Nominated and inducted into AOA—American Orthopaedic Association (2018)
  • Represented AAHKS at the Adult Reconstruction Blueprint Exercise for ABOS (2018)
  • The Israeli Hip and Knee Society Meeting 2018—Chosen to be faculty member, Tel Aviv, Israel
  • CAOS—Chosen to be faculty at 2018 Annual Congress, Hangzhou City, Zhejiang, China
  • AAOS—Society Romana de Orthopedie si Traumatologic Instructor (2017), Timisoara, Romania
  • AAHKS Faculty for Ukrainian Association of Orthopaedics and Traumatology (2017), Kharkiv, Ukraine
  • Selected to Board of Directors of NYU/HJD Alumni Association (Present)
  • Completed the AAOS Leadership Fellowship Program 2014-2015
  • Chair and Organizer of the 2016 Annual CORD Conference, Orlando, FL (March 2016)
  • Nominated to represent AAOS on the American Joint Replacement Registry Commission (April 2014)
  • Selected to Leaders in Total Joint Replacement: Generation Next (2014)
  • Selected to attend the AAHKS Emerging Leaders Conference (2014)
  • Recipient of one of the Top Young (<40) Arthroplasty Surgeons Award, AAOS 2013
  • Recipient of Golden Apple, Teacher of the Year Award 2010 and 2015
  • Member of the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons (October 2007; ongoing)
  • Utilization of HA in Primary and Revision Surgery Learning Centre (May 2007)
  • Recipient of a 2007 MAOA Education Grant (March 2007)
  • Serve on Editorial Board for the Journals: Hospital Physician, Journal of Clinical Rehabilitative Tissue
  • Engineering Research, Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research, Orthopedics, Journal of Knee Surgery,
  • ACTA Biomaterial and NYU/HJD Bulletin (November 2006; ongoing)
  • Member of the Mid-America Orthopaedic Association (October 2006; ongoing)
  • Zimmer Revision Hip Arthroplasty course (August 2006)
  • Recipient of Leonard Marmor Surgical Arthritis Foundation Award, Rush University (June 2006)
  • Stryker Current Controversies in THA and TKA (September 2005)
  • Zimmer MIS Hip and Knee Arthroplasty course (July and August 2005)
  • Johnson & Johnson Basics in Arthroplasty course (August 2002)
  • Smith and Nephew Orthopaedic Surgical Exposures Course for Residents (May 2002)
  • AO Basic course for Residents (January 2001)
  • Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (July 2008; ongoing)
  • Successfully completed USMLE Steps 1 (June 1998), 2 (March 2000) 3 (January 2001)
  • Awarded Best Research Project: 13 th Annual Georgetown University Research Days (March 1999)
  • Recipient of Georgetown University Summer Research Fellowship (June 1997)
  • Recipient of the Hammerman Scholarship for First Year Medical Students (July 1996)

Work Experience

Deputy Editor Arthroplasty Today

  • Review, assign peer-review and determine outcome for all case reports
  • Monthly meetings to review workings of open access journal
  • Publish CME questions and AJRR review annually

McGraw-Hill: Editor for Clinical Access On-line

  • Edit On-line Question and Answers for Orthopaedics Section
  • Working on content and development of the On-line Question databank
  • Flashcard Development for Step 1 Review

Adult Reconstruction Service Line Director, Edward-Elmhurst Memorial Hospital Center

  • Service Line Director (2014--Present)
  • Responsible for all aspects of the adult reconstruction service line at EMHC

Greatland Home Health Agency, Naperville, IL

  • Medical Director and Advisor (2012-2014)

Chicago Arthroplasty Alumni Foundation, Chicago, IL

  • President and Founder of Alumni Foundation (2010 to Present)
  • Chief Editor of Quarterly Newsletter
  • Program Chair for Reunion Meeting (2010, 2012, 2016, 2019)

Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush, Chicago, IL

  • Instructor for M1 Class Rush University—Introduction to Research (2018-2019)
  • Mentor for Rush Student Research Program (2018-2019)
  • Guest on Sirius/XM Doctor Radio (Channel 110)—Ask the doctor segment (Present)
  • Sponsor of the Rush Orthopaedic Interest Group for Students (July 2010—Present)
  • Associate Professor with interests in Adult Reconstructive Surgery (August 2008 to Present)
  • Specialize in complex revision hip and knee reconstructions
  • Associate Residency Program Director (January 2010—Oct 2012)
  • Residency Program Director (Oct 2012—March 2015)
  • Medical Student Clerkship Director (March 2015—June 2017)
  • Associate Fellowship Director in Charge of Education and Research (July 2016-2018)

Midwest Orthopaedic Center, Peoria, IL

  • Attending physician with interests in Adult Reconstructive and Trauma Surgery (August 2006-2008)
  • Specialize in complex revision hip and knee reconstructions

New York University Hospital/Hospital for Joint Diseases, New York, NY

  • Provided medical attention for patrons of Shea Stadium at the on-site first aid center (July 2002-2005)
  • Served as on field/court team physician--NYU and High School Sports teams (June 2001-July 2005)

Georgetown University School of Medicine and Medical Center, Washington, DC

  • Certified Orthopaedic Technician; Traction set-up, casting, and splint application (August 1993-1998)

Aadvance Transmissions Inc., Smithtown, NY

  • Automobile Mechanic; Performed transmission and automotive repairs (June 1990-1993)

Academic Appointments

  • Professor with interests in Adult Reconstructive Surgery—Rush University Medical Center (Feb 2022-Present)
  • Associate Professor with interests in Adult Reconstructive Surgery—Rush University Medical Center (April 2016-Feb 2022)
  • Assistant Professor with interests in Adult Reconstructive Surgery—Rush University Medical Center (August 2008-April 2016)

Committee Appointments

  • AAOS Committee on Evidence-Based Quality and Value (2023)
  • PhD Dissertation Committee for Michael Godoy
  • MAOA Abstract Review (2020)
  • MAOA Education Committee (2020)
  • Editorial Board Member—Orthopedics (2018)
  • Editorial Board Member—Journal of Arthroplasty (2017)
  • NYU/HJD Alumni Board Member (2017-Present)
  • Chairman of the Patient and Public Relations Committee AAHKS (2018)
  • Vice Chairman of The Patient and Public Education Committee AAHKS (2017)
  • AAOS Operative Management for Hip Osteoarthritis AUC Work Group Member
  • AAHKS Research Committee Member (March 2016-Present)
  • AOA and AAHKS Abstract Review Taskforce (2015-Present)
  • Mid-America Orthopaedic Association Nomination Committee (2016)
  • AAOS Hip, Knee and Adult Reconstruction Evaluation and Publications Committee
  • AAHKS Patient Education and Social Media Committee Member (2015-2017)
  • AAOS Operative Management for Knee Osteoarthritis AUC Work Group Member (2015-2016)
  • AAOS Hip Fracture AUC Work Group Member (2015)
  • AOA/CORD Surgical Skills Task Force Team Member
  • MOSS Consortium for Surgical Skills Training Team Member
  • AAOS representative for American Joint Replacement Registry (AJRR) Review Commission
  • AAHKS Communication Committee—Emerging Leaders Member: BOS Liaison (2014--2016)
  • CORD Education Committee Member and Education Liaison (2013-2016)
  • Rush House Staff Quality Improvement Committee Member (2013-2015)
  • Host of the OREF Midwest Residents Symposium, May 2013: Rush University Medical Center 2012, 2014, 2016 & 2019 Rush Fellowship Alumni Program Chair
  • Member of the Rush University Medical Student Curriculum Committee (2012-2014)
  • Member of the Rush Oak Park Hospital Credentialing Committee (2012-2016)
  • Member of the Rush Oak Park Hospital Infection Control Committee (2011 - 2016)
  • Hip Simulator Pilot Project Team Member—AAOS, Rosemont, IL (2011—2016)
  • Chair of the Adult Reconstruction Instructional Course Subcommittee 2-terms—American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Rosemont, IL (2010—2014)
  • Member of the MOR Facilities and Residency Steering Committees (December 2009 to Present)

Teaching Experience

AAOS Resident Arthroplasty Course—Co-Chairman for Course, Rosemont, IL

Faculty and laboratory proctor (April 2016--Present)

Contemporary Approaches—Knee Society Course, Fishers, IN

Faculty (May 7, 2021)

AAOS Resident Arthroplasty Course—Panel discussion and UKA Principles and Techniques. Rosemont, IL

Faculty and laboratory proctor (April 2016, July 2017)

AAOS Resident Arthroplasty Course—Panel discussion and UKA Principles and Techniques. Rosemont, IL

Faculty and laboratory proctor (April 2016, July 2017)

AAOS/AAHKS/HS/KS Enhancing Surgical Skills of Revision THA for Orthopaedic Fellows. Rosemont, IL

Faculty and laboratory proctor (November 2015)

AAOS Total Joint Arthroplasty for Orthopaedic Residents, Rosemont, IL

Faculty and laboratory proctor (November 2014)

AAOS Total Joint Arthroplasty for Orthopaedic Residents, Rosemont, IL

Faculty and laboratory proctor (April 2014)

Residency Director and Associate Professor, Rush University Medical Center

  • Manage daily and yearly activities and budget of residency program (October 2012 to March 2015)
  • Chair Steering, Orientation and OITE Committees
  • Rush M1 and M3 Rotation Director

Associate Residency Director and Associate Professor, Rush University Medical Center

  • Director of Evaluations and Promotions for residency (January 2010 to October 2012)
  • Editor for Rush Year-in-Review Journal
  • Manage Faculty-Resident mentor program, Resident-Resident Sibling program and Resident-Medical Student Mentor program for Rush Orthopaedics
  • Clinical Instructor and Research Coordinator for residents, fellows and medical students
  • Preceptor for visiting medical students and fellows
  • Program Director for the First Annual Gunnar Andersson OREF-Sponsored Lectureship
  • OITE proctor

AAOS Knee Arthroplasty Course, Rosemont, IL

Faculty and laboratory proctor (October 2008)

MAOA Breakout Session #11 Co-Moderator, Amelia Island, FL

Co-moderator for the Knee Arthroplasty Breakout session and MAOA Annual meeting (April 2013)

AAOS Co-Moderator, Chicago, IL

Co-moderator for the Adult Reconstruction Knee I: Basic Science Session (March 2013)

Current Research

  • CoCr vs. Titanium in Total Knee Arthroplasty.
  • Osteobridge Outcomes for Knee Arthrodesis.
  • Hip Precautions for Posterior Approach to the Hip: Are they necessary? RCT.
  • Porous Tantalum Primary Hip Prosthesis: Short-term follow-up.
  • RCT CCK versus Rotating Hinge in Revision TKA.
  • Machine Learning to Predict Outcomes after Primary THA and TKA.
  • Objective and Subjective Evaluation Limb Length Discrepancy Before and After THA.
  • RVU/Minute Assessment of Revision THA and TKA.
  • Etiology Variations of Revision TKA and THA: Retrospective study 2009-2019.

Research Interests

  • Cementless Total Knee Arthroplasty
  • Applications of Porous Metals in Hip and Knee Surgery
  • Metal Ion Release in Primary Total Hip Arthroplasty
  • Gender Specific Hip and Knee Implants
  • Blood management/conservation in hip and knee replacement


  • Consultant for Link, Merete, Exactech, DJO Surgical, Medacta and McGraw-Hill
  • Department has received research funding from Zimmer-Biomet and Artelon

Research Grants

  • NIH R01 AR070181-01 A2—Corrosion Induced Hip Implant Failure: Synergistic Interactions of Patient, Material, Design and Surgical Factors. September 2016
  • Osteoarthritis and Knee pain. Fall 2013 BLR&D and CSR&D Funding—Veterans Affair Grant.
  • The effect of simulator training on clinical performance: a prospective clinical trial. July 2014—American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

Brett R. Levine, MD, MS
  • Elmhurst Memorial Healthcare

    155 E. Brush Hill Road
    Elmhurst, IL 6012

  • Rush University Medical Center

    1653 W. Congress Pkwy
    Chicago, IL 60612

  • Prairie Medical Center

    2450 S. Wolf Road
    Suite F,
    2nd Floor Westchester, IL 60154

  • Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center

    836 W Wellington Ave
    Chicago, IL 60657