Benjamin Levi, M.D.
Lee-Hudson Professor and Division Chief of General Surgery
Director, Center for Organogenesis and Trauma
Associate Professor in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and General Surgery
Member, Children's Research Institute and Center for Mineral Metabolism Research
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
UT Southwestern Medical Center 5323 Harry Hines Blvd.
Building E, 5th floor, Room 514A Dallas, TX 75390-9158
Dr. Levi completed his undergraduate education at Washington University, medical school at Northwestern University and Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery residency at the University of Michigan. During this time he completed a 2 year post-doctoral research fellowship at Stanford University. He completed a fellowship in Burn Surgery and Surgical Critical Care at Massachusetts General Hospital. Benjamin has been involved in Burn research since High School when given the opportunity to work in the Burn Laboratory of Richard Gamelli MD and Luisa DiPietro DDS, PhD. Subsequently, and for three consecutive summers, he worked in the Burn and Shock Trauma laboratory of Dr. Gamelli and Dr. Luisa DiPietro with a focus on wound healing and inflammation.
Inspired by this experience, he remained active in research throughout medical school and residency and he dedicated two years of additional training to do a basic science research fellowship in stem cell biology and bone tissue engineering at Stanford University under Dr. Michael Longaker. During this time, he focused on basic stem cell biology, mesenchymal stem cell (MSC) osteogenesis, and bone tissue engineering.
Upon returning to the University of Michigan, Dr. Levi developed the Burn/Wound and Regenerative Medicine Laboratory with the guidance of Dr. Stewart Wang. This lab has focused on the significant clinical problem of heterotopic ossification. Porting this work to UTSW, Dr. Levi has developed new animal models to study this complex process and is working to improve early diagnostic and treatment modalities.
The Levi Lab Team
The BWR Laboratory is grounded on a foundation of teamwork, bringing together doctors, professional scientists, medical students, graduate students, and undergraduates from a variety of backgrounds.
Senior Lab Members
Johanna Nunez, MD
Surgical Research Fellow
Amanda Huber, PhD
Kaetlin Vasquez, MS
Chase Pagani, BS
Sara De La Rosa, MD
Ophthalmology Resident at Tulane University School of Medicine-LA
Casey Kraft, MD
Jim Drake, MD
Michael Sorkin, MD
David Stepien, MD, PhD
Jake Rinkinen, MD
Plastic Surgery Resident at Brigham and Women’s Hospital/MGH
Shawn Loder, MD
Oluwatobi Eboda, MA
Serra Ucer, PhD
Noelle Visser, MS
Lab Tech Senior at University of Michigan
Jeffrey Lisiecki, MD
Cameron Brownley, BA
Keiko Kaneko, PhD
Wesley Huang, BS
MD PhD student at University of Michigan
Shailesh Agarwal, MD
Attending Plastic Surgery Physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Shuli Li, MD, PhD
Charles Hwang, MD
Nicole Patel, BS
Medical Student at University of Michigan
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