My time at Columbia was one of my best years in terms of personal and professional growth. This would not have been possible without Dr. Levine’s support, advocacy, and mentorship. Not only is he the consummate educator, he is a world-class mentor who takes the time to ensure his fellows become accountable and professional leaders in their respective communities. His generosity and willingness to allow me to tap into his vast social network paid dividends. My ability to obtain a dream job became a reality because Dr. Levine believed in me and advocated tirelessly on my behalf.

David Kovacevic, MD
Fellow 2014-2015


Core Conference

Weekly didactic lectures covering comprehensive aspects of Orthopedic Shoulder and Elbow Medicine are integrated into an organized conference schedule by the Orthopedic fellows and staff. Development of lecture preparation and presentation skills is essential to fellows seeking both academic and private practice careers. Topics will be comprehensive for a shoulder and elbow specialist to complement the fellow’s rotations and clinical responsibilities. Lectures will have cases included to apply practical knowledge, controversial and emerging concepts will be discussed openly by attending staff and fellows - the result is a tremendous academic foundation for the Shoulder & Elbow Fellow.

Surgical Techniques Conference

Surgical techniques conference is a massive learning experience for optimizing surgical technique and takes place every Friday morning in the Carroll Conference room. The conference entails a shoulder elbow fellow or service resident to present a recorded surgical procedure step by step. Each step is analyzed by attending staff for effectiveness, efficiency, and “what if” scenarios. Past fellows consider this to be one of the strongest learning experiences of their fellowship for surgical skill development.

Arthroscopy Laboratory

A state-of-the-art arthroscopy laboratory is utilized by fellows to practice surgical technique on cadavers. Four fully-functional stations within the lab make it possible for twelve surgeons to work simultaneously. Fellows can engage in perfect practice for surgical skill development that can be applied directly to actual patient surgery.