The Plastic Surgery Foundation (PSF), which supports the research and international activities of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), has named Howard Levinson, MD, FACS, its new president. Levinson took office October 30 in Boston during Plastic Surgery: The Meeting, the society’s annual scientific meeting. Levinson will serve as president of the foundation for one year.

Dr. Howard Levinson

“It is an honor to lead the PSF as it continues to gain momentum in advancing the field of plastic surgery, both domestically and internationally,” Levinson says. “I look forward to helping the organization implement initiatives which will finance research and innovation, academic development and business development that fortifies both the specialty and the medical community at large in the coming year.”

A board-certified plastic surgeon, Levinson is currently employed with Duke University Hospital and Durham Veterans Affairs Medical Center but will be transitioning to Eastern Virginia Medical School/ Sentara Health in the spring of 2023. He is an associate professor of surgery, pathology, and dermatology at Duke Medical School and practices reconstructive and cosmetic surgery.

Levinson’s research has focused on medical device development, including hernia mesh, tissue-engineered skin, biomaterials development, and wound-care technologies. He has received roughly $10MM in funding from the NIH and PSF and is currently a team member leading the ASPS-MTI accelerator initiative.

Levinson earned his medical degree from the University of Texas-Galveston Medical Branch and completed his general surgery residency at Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center in New York, wound healing fellowships at New York University and MS Hershey Medical Center and plastic surgery residency at Duke University. 

Before being elected as president of the PlSF, Levinson was past chairman of the Plastic Surgery Research Council, past president of the World Simulation Surgery Society, a board member of the Wound Healing Society and vice president of research for ASPS/The PSF. He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons.