The hip joint is the largest weight-bearing
joint in the human body. It is also referred to
as a ball and socket joint and is surrounded
by muscles, ligaments, and tendons. The
thigh bone or femur and the pelvis join to
form the hip joint.
Hip replacement has become necessary
for your arthritic hip: this is one of the
most effective operations known and
should give you many years of
freedom from pain.
This means that part or all of your previous hip replacement needs to be revised. This operation varies from very minor adjustments to massive operations replacing significant amounts of bone and hence is difficult to describe in full.
The knee is a complex joint which consists of bone, cartilage, ligaments and tendons that make joint movements easy and at the same time more susceptible to various kinds of injuries.
A Total Knee Replacement (TKR) or
Total Knee Arthroplasty is a surgery
that replaces an arthritic knee joint with
artificial metal or plastic replacement
parts called the ‘prostheses’.
Revision Knee Replacement means that part or all of your previous knee replacement needs to be revised. This operation varies from very minor adjustments to massive operations replacing significant amounts of bone.
Unicondylar Knee Replacement simply means that only a part of the knee joint is replaced through a smaller incision than would normally be used for a total knee replacement.

Brett R. Levine, MD, MS

Brett R. Levine, MD, MS

Associate Professor – Director
Rush University Medical Center

Hip and Knee Reconstruction and Replacement Specialist

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

Residency :

NYU/Hospital for Joint Diseases

Fellowship :

Rush University Medical Center #8211; Adult Reconstructive Orthopaedic Surgery

Board Certification :

Board-certified in orthopaedic surgery, subspecialty adult reconstruction (September 2008)


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


RUSH University Medical Center, Chicago, IL; Adult Reconstruction Fellowship (August 2005-2006)

Hospital for Joint Diseases-NYU, New York, NY; Orthopaedic Residency (July 2002-2005)

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)


Selected to 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)

Achievements Continued:

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: 13th 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:

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

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

Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush, Chicago, IL

  • 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)

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)

Committee Appointments:

Mid-America Orthopaedic Association Nomination Committee (2016)

AAOS Hip, Knee and Adult Reconstruction Evaluation and Publications Committee (Present)

AAHKS Patient Education Committee Member (Present)

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—(Present)

MOSS Consortium for Surgical Skills Training Team Member–(Present)

AAOS representative for American Joint Replacement Registry (AJRR) Review Commission

AAHKS Communication Committee—Emerging Leaders Member: BOS Liaison (April 2014–Present)

CORD Education Committee Member and Education Liaison (May 2013-Present)

Rush House Staff Quality Improvement Committee Member (May 2013-Present)

Host of the OREF Midwest Residents Symposium, May 2013: Rush University Medical Center 2012, 2014 & 2016 Rush Fellowship Alumni Program Chair

Member of the Rush University Medical Student Curriculum Committee (January 2012-Present)

Hip Simulator Pilot Project Team Member—AAOS, Rosemont, IL (May 2011—Present)

Chair of the Adult Reconstruction Instructional Course Subcommittee 2-terms—American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Rosemont, IL (April 2010—May 2014)

Member of the MOR Facilities and Residency Steering Committees (December 2009 to Present)

Teaching Experience:

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

  • Faculty and laboratory proctor (April 2016)

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)

Residency Director and Assistant 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 Assistant 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)

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 Zimmer, Link, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, and Orthoview

Department has received research funding from Zimmer and Biomet

Research Grants

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.

Consultant for Zimmer, Link, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, and Orthoview

Department has received research funding from Zimmer and Biomet

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