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Allan D. Levi, M.D., Ph.D., FACS

General Information

Allan D. Levi, M.D., Ph.D., FACS

Contact

  • Fax: 305-243-3247

Languages

  • English
  • Spanish
  • French
  • Italian

Certifications

  • American Board of Neurological Surgery

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Specialties

  • Neurological Surgery

Roles

  • Chairman of Neurosurgery, University of Miami MILLER School of Medicine Service Chief of Neurosurgery, Jackson Memorial Hospital
  • Chief of Neurosurgery, Jackson Memorial Hospital
  • Professor, Departments of Neurological Surgery, Orthopedics, and Rehabilitation Medicine

Clinical Interests

I serve as a tenured Professor and Chair of Neurosurgery at the University of Miami MILLER School of Medicine. My clinical practice focuses on complex spinal cord, spine and peripheral nerve disorders. I perform approximately 350 cases per year. My areas of surgical interest include spine trauma, deformity and tumors. I have incorporated some of the newer techniques in spinal surgery such as minimally invasive spinal surgery and complex spinal instrumentation. I have published several papers describing refinements in these techniques. I also have a special interest in the management of peripheral nerve injures and tumors. I was the principal investigator at our institution in a multi-center randomized trial examining the use of artificial cervical discs. I have had the honor to work and train at UM for the last 23 years including a PhD in neurosciences. I have served as national director of the AANS Oral Board course for the last 9 years.

Research Interests

Cellular Transplantation, Spinal Cord Injury, Peripheral Nerve Injury, Hypothermia, Stem Cells My research interests have focused on developing cellular transplantation strategies to repair injuries within both the human central and peripheral nervous system. Schwann cells are the principal support cells with the peripheral nervous system and have the capacity to promote regeneration of central nervous system neurons as well as remyelinate central axons which have lost their insulation. I have focused much of my previous research efforts in furthering our understanding of the biology of human Schwann cells which have been isolated using cell culture techniques. The results of these studies have demonstrated that human Schwann cells have the capacity to form myelin after transplantation within immune deficient rodent models and that their numbers can be significantly increased with addition of growth factors. My current research interests involve serving as (1) PI on intravascular hypothermia after human cervical spinal cord injury (2) co-PI on the FDA approved trial of “The Safety of Autologous Human Schwann Cells in Subjects with Sub-acute Spinal Cord Injury (SCI)” and (3) PI on the clinical development and characterization of the use of autologous human Scwhann cells for peripheral nerve injuries with a lengthy gap to promote peripheral nerve regeneration (4) Site PI of a Phase II Proof-of-Concept Study of the Safety and Efficacy of HuCNS-Stem Cell Transplantation in Cervical Spinal Cord Injury

Awards

Top Doctors (Castle Connolly)
Elected Member of the American Academy of Neurological Surgery
Best Doctors
Elected Member of the Senior Neurosurgical Society
Roberto C. Heros - Best Resident Teacher Award in Neurosurgery

Education

1995 Spine Fellowship
Barrow Neurological Institute
1994 Ph.D.
University of Miami
1987 Residency
University of Toronto
1986 MD
University of Ottawa

Publications

Biography

Allan D. Levi, M.D., Ph.D., is Chairman of the Department of Neurological Surgery of UHealth and the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine and the holder of the Robert M. Buck Distinguished Chair in Neurological Surgery.  He is a professor of neurological surgery, orthopaedics and rehabilitation medicine at UHealth where he has been a faculty member since 1997 and he serves as Chief of Neurosurgery at Jackson Memorial Hospital.

Board-certified in neurological surgery, Dr. Levi is an internationally renowned clinical specialist in the treatment of numerous spinal disorders including degenerative spine diseases, spinal trauma, rheumatoid arthritis, tumors, Chiari malformations, and syrinxes. He offers the latest intraoperative technologies including complex spinal instrumentation, artificial cervical discs, spinal cord monitoring and minimally invasive spine surgery.  He also has a keen interest in peripheral nerve disorders and treats patients with nerve entrapments, tumors and trauma.

In the area of neuroscience research, he has published extensively on the use of hypothermia after spinal cord injury and the use of human Schwann cells as a biological tool in the repair of peripheral nerve and spinal cord injury. His innovative and successful research program seeks to continually move the field of neurological surgery forward, finding novel treatments that can incrementally improve the lives of patients living with spinal cord injury. His research focuses on developing cellular transplantation strategies to repair injuries within the central and peripheral nervous systems. Currently serving as principal and co-principal investigator on several FDA registered clinical trials studying intravascular hypothermia after human cervical spinal cord injury, cellular transplantation of human Schwann cells for spinal cord injury and stem cell transplantation for cervical spinal cord injury.

Dr. Levi has authored two books, dozens of book chapters and more than 120 peer-reviewed journal articles. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and an elected member of two of the most prestigious neurosurgical societies, the American Academy of Neurosurgery and the Senior Society of Neurological Surgeons. He has served as national course director for the oral board preparatory course for the American Association of Neurological Surgeons since 2007.

A Canadian native, Dr. Levi received a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and medical science (research), and a medical degree from the University of Ottawa and a Ph.D. in neuroscience studying human Schwann cell biology from the University of Miami School of Medicine. He completed a neurological surgery residency at the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine and a spine fellowship at the Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, Arizona.

Dr. Levi is available for consultation at UHealth and Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center.

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