BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Elad I. Levy, MD, MBA, professor of
neurosurgery at the University at Buffalo has been named the new
chair of the Department of Neurosurgery in the School of Medicine
and Biomedical Sciences. The announcement was made by Michael E.
Cain, MD, vice president for health sciences at UB and dean of the
Cain said that following a comprehensive national search, Levy
rapidly emerged as the top candidate possessing the administrative,
scientific, clinical, leadership, and visionary skills needed to
move the department forward.
Levy is an accomplished neuro- and endovascular surgeon,
clinical investigator and educator, certified by the American Board
of Neurological Surgery. At UB, he helped develop endovascular
stroke care, focusing on neurovascular disease states, such as
aneurysms and stroke. He also pioneered a method for performing
minimally invasive spinal surgery.
With investigators from the Toshiba Stroke Research Center,
Levy’s team has studied flow dynamics and the biology of
aneurysm formation and treatment options. His clinical research
focuses on quality outcomes following stroke intervention, and the
effectiveness of stroke imaging in predicting endovascular outcomes
Levy’s broad research interests include drug coated
stents, treatment of acute stroke, stenting of aneurysms and the
molecular biology of stent-induced restenosis. He has served and
currently serves in roles as principal investigator in national and
international stroke trials.
A graduate of Dartmouth College, Levy received his MD from
George Washington University. He completed a surgical internship
and his neurosurgical residency at the University of
At UB, Levy completed a fellowship in endovascular surgery, then
served as an associate professor and professor in the Department of
Neurosurgery; he also is professor of radiology. Levy is
co-director for the Kaleida Health Stroke Center and director of
the Toshiba Neuroendovascular Catheterization Laboratory. He
recently earned an MBA from Northeastern University.
He has won numerous awards including UB’s George Thorn
Young Investigator Award, given by the UB medical school to faculty
of exceptional talent who are less than 45 years of age and the MDx
Medical Inc. Patients’ Choice Recognition. He also was named
one of the Business First Top 50 Doctors in Western New York.
A Fellow of the American Heart Association/American Stroke
Association and the American College of Surgeons, Levy serves as
board member and co-founder of the Endovascular Neurosurgery
Research Group and vice chair of the Scientific Planning Committee
of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons.
Levy is a founder of PUCCS, the Program for the Understanding of
Childhood Concussions and Stroke, a national organization
established to boost research into youth concussions.
He succeeds L. Nelson Hopkins, MD, FACS, who was Levy’s
mentor. Hopkins, one of the founding figures of endovascular
treatment for neurovascular disorders, will continue as SUNY
Distinguished Professor, president of the Gates Vascular Institute
and chief executive officer of the Jacobs Institute, a non-profit
organization dedicated to sparking medical collaboration and
innovation among clinicians, academics, researchers, entrepreneurs
Levy and his family reside in Amherst.