Benjamin Levi, M.D.
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 recently 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. Since returning to the University of Michigan, Dr. Levi has 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. Specifically, Dr. Levi has developed new animal models to study this complex process and is working to improve early diagnostic and treatment modalities.
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.