Steven Levin, MD, Medical Director, Regional Pain Program; Assistant Professor, Division of Pain Medicine and Pain Research

Dr. Steven Levin joined the faculty of Johns Hopkins Hospital in 2015 with 20 years of experience in pain management.  He previously served on the faculty at University of Pittsburgh and Yale University, and comes to Johns Hopkins from New Haven, Connecticut, where he was partner and director at Advanced Diagnostic Pain Management Treatment Center. Experienced in comprehensive pain management, he treats patients with a wide range of chronic pain conditions, such as spine-related pain, nerve injury, neuropathic pain, cancer pain, joint disease, myofascial pain, and biomechanical dysfunction. Dr. Levin is committed to providing quality pain management to his patients with interventions that may include medication, facet injections, joint injections, nerve blocks, implantable therapies, radiofrequency ablation, and cryotherapy. He has been selected as one of America’s Top Doctors since 2006 and was one of Connecticut’s Top Doctors in Pain Management 2013–2015.

Being among the first physicians to become fellowship-trained and board-certified in Pain Medicine, Dr. Levin has worked hard to raise awareness of chronic pain and make pain treatments available to all patients. In Connecticut, he worked with the American Alliance of Pain Initiatives to help develop standards of pain treatment for The Joint Commission, an organization that accredits healthcare organizations in the U.S. He also served as a co-chair of the American Cancer Society’s Connecticut Cancer Pain Initiative and is a board member of the non-profit Health Assistance Intervention Education Network in Connecticut. Going forward, he plans to continue working to expand clinical access to comprehensive clinical care and contributing to the growth of the pain medicine specialty.

In addition to his clinical work and community service, Dr. Levin has been involved in clinical trials of novel analgesics and research projects related to opioid administration, chemical neurolysis, epiduroscopy development (and training for physicians), use of alternative therapies for pain management, and social and ethical considerations in pain management (with the American Society of Law, Medicine, and Ethics and support of a Donahue Foundation Grant).

Dr. Levin finds his work very rewarding because he values the opportunity to positively influence the lives of patients who have not had good options in the past. He finds intrinsic satisfaction in seeing his patients return to a more functional state and live happier, more rewarding lives.

Education

Dr. Levin studied molecular genetics at the University of Pennsylvania before attending medical school at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. After earning his Doctorate of Medicine in 1990, he completed a residency in Anesthesiology (1994) and a fellowship in Pain Management (1995), both at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine