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Ofer Levy, MD MCh (Orth) FRCS - Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon - Shoulder and Elbow Surgeon.
Director and Co-founder of the Reading Shoulder Unit at the Royal Berkshire Hospital, Berkshire Independent Hospital and Spire Dunedin Hospital, Reading, United Kingdom
Ofer Levy graduated the Hebrew University and Hadassah School of Medicine, Jerusalem, in 1982 gaining the 1st Prize in Surgery. After completion of his military service at the rank of Major, he continued his general surgical training at Kaplan Medical Centre in Rehovot, Israel, and later moved to Sheba Medical Centre, Tel Hashomer, for his higher surgical orthopaedic training programme.
In 1992 he was appointed instructor of Orthopaedic Surgery at The Sackler School of Medicine, Tel Aviv University, where his work included significant research into both clinical and basic sciences.
In 1995 he was appointed Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon and Chief of the Shoulder Surgery Service at Soroka Medical Centre and lecturer in Orthopaedic Surgery at the Faculty of Health Science at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer Sheva, Israel.
In 1997, on sabbatical leave from Ben-Gurion university he worked with Stephen Copeland at the Royal Berkshire hospital in Reading. In 1998 he was appointed Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at the Royal Berkshire Hospital and together with Stephen Copeland they established the Reading Shoulder Unit.
Director and Co-founder of the Reading shoulder Unit at the Royal Berkshire Hospital, the Berkshire Independent Hospital & Spire Dunedin Hospital. Awarded National Bronze clinical excellence award since 2006.
Professor Associate, Orthopaedic and Biomechanics Research at Brunel University, London. Assistant editor, Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery. Associate editor, Journal of Shoulder and Elbow arthroplasty.
He is a founding member (and first secretary) of the Israeli Shoulder and Elbow Society, a member of the European Society of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery and the British Elbow and Shoulder Society (BESS) and Corresponding member of the American Shoulder and Elbow Society. Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England, Fellow of the British Orthopaedic Association and Israeli Orthopaedic Association.
He is Honorary corresponding member of many national shoulder and elbow societies including the Brazilian, Argentinian, Chilean, German and the South African (the Giraffe club).
He has published extensively scientific papers and presentations and chapters to books on Shoulder Surgery.
Developed and introduced numerous arthroscopic and open novel surgical techniques, including resurfacing shoulder replacement and designed the Verso, stemless reverse total shoulder replacement.
Prof. Levy and the Reading Shoulder Unit are the world centre for shoulder resurfacing and stemless reverse total shoulder replacement.
Invented and was involved in development of numerous new surgical instruments and devices.
He is invited to lecture worldwide.
Many of the shoulder surgeons in UK and abroad were trained by him.
Areas of interest
Shoulder replacement; Elbow; Arthroscopy; Elbow surgery; Sports injuries; Shoulder pain; Shoulder surgery
- Jan Barker
- Reading Shoulder Unit, Berkshire Independent Hospital Swallowscroft Wensley Road Reading RG1 6UZ
- 0118 902 8116
- 0118 902 8138
- Tania Sandham
- Spire Dunedin Hospital Dunedin Hospital 16 Bath Road Reading RG1 6NQ
- 0118 952 1317
Anaesthetists worked with
- Dr Clare M Skinner Not Fee Assured
- Reading Shoulder Unit
- Patients' testimonials
- Patient with Cuff tear arthropathy - before and after reverse total shoulder replacement with the VERSO prosthesis
- Patient with Cuff tear arthropathy - 2 years after reverse total shoulder replacement with the VERSO prosthesis
- The Verso - stemless reverse total shoulder replacement
- Arthroscopic stabilisation
- Manipulation Under Anaesthetic for Frozen shoulder
- Biceps “Brazilian” Tenotomy/Tenodesis
- American Travelling Shoulder and Elbow fellows visit
- Art & Surgery Shoulder to Shoulder - Art Exhibition at the Reading Shoulder Course 2016
- Prof. Ofer Levy, MD MCh (Orth) FRCS - Publications
Current NHS consultant posts held
Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Shoulder & Elbow Surgeon
Director and Co-founder of the Reading Shoulder Unit (1998) as International centre of excellence for shoulder and elbow surgery
at the Royal Berkshire Hospital, the Berkshire Independent Hospital and Spire Dunedin Hospital, Reading, United Kingdom
Rotator cuff tears,
Biologic augmentation of tendon repair,
Pathogenesis of arthritis and joint infection,
Total Shoulder arthroplasty - developing advanced minimal invasive total shoulder replacement,
Development of minimal invasive arthroscopic surgical techniques and instruments, Development of outcome measures,
Virtual reality simulators for surgical training,
Prof. Levy has several patents including biological augmentation of tendon healing, novel surgical instruments and devices for minimally invasive surgery and Total shoulder replacement.
Flying, Cycling, Rowing, Skiing, Hiking, Off-road 4X4 tracking Desert Rally & Orienteering.
Arts: Drawing, engraving and printing, Computing, Modern Design and design history, Music.
1976-82 Annual Excellence in studies
1981 Outstanding student in surgery
1984 Cesis Award - Outstanding MD Thesis, Hebrew University, Jerusalem
1992 Excellence in Orthopaedic Surgery Board exam
1993 The Slezak Award, Experimental Surgery, Tel Aviv University
Kessel award, Best paper (BESS) British Elbow & Shoulder Soc 2010 & 2017
Bronze National clinical excellence award (2006-16)
(Additional) Languages spoken
- English - Native or bilingual
- Hebrew (modern) - Native or bilingual
- Italian - Conversational
Numerous publications and chapters in books on a variety of topics including shoulder and elbow conditions, Arthroscopic “keyhole” techniques, Total shoulder replacement, fracture treatment, basic anatomy, outcome measures.
Prof. Levy organises international and national courses for surgeons. He is invited to lecture worldwide.
Courses offered to GPs
Regular talks and seminars on advances in shoulder and elbow surgery are given at the Berkshire Independent Hospital, the Royal Berkshire Hospital and Spire Dunedin Hospital in Reading and in local physiotherapy and GP practices
Regular Special teaching sessions for GPs and Physiotherapists in shoulder and elbow examination and diagnosis and practical injection workshops are given in these hospitals.
Outcomes (checked and approved by medical professional body)
Please click on this link if you would like to see information about this healthcare professional’s performance compared to their peers, as published by their medical professional body.http://www.njrsurgeonhospitalprofile.org.uk/SurgeonProfile?gmccode=4568274
Re-admission rate <0.05%
Infection rate <0.05%
Mortality rate 0%
- MD Hebrew University and Hadassah School of Medicine, Jerusalem. 1984
- MCh (Orth) Master in Orthopaedic Surgery - In distinction Sackler School of medicine, Tel Aviv University, Israel. 2001
- Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England - ad eundem the Royal College of Surgeons of England 2011
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Professional bodies (positions held - last 3 yrs)
- Member of R&D committee SECEC European Shoulder and Elbow Society 2015
- Member of the 2016 ASES Annual Meeting Program Committee - Boston, MA, USA. American Shoulder and Elbow Society (ASES) 2016
Details of entry to specialist register
- Trauma and Orthopaedics, 1999
Affiliations / memberships
Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons
British Elbow and Shoulder Society (BESS)
American Shoulder and Elbow Society (ASES)
Israel Medical Association
The Israeli Orthopaedic Association
The Israeli Shoulder and Elbow Society (Founding member and first secretary)
Honorary member of the National Shoulder and Elbow Societies: Brazilian, Argentian, Chilean, Latin American, South African, Polish, German (DVSE) and Australian.
- Berkshire Independent Hospital
- 14:00 - 19:00
- 0118 902 8116
- Berkshire Independent Hospital
- 14:00 - 17:00
- 0118 902 8116
- Spire Dunedin
- 09:00 - 13:30
- 0118 952 1317
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