Dr. Elad I. Levy

Dr. Elad Levy is Professor of Neurosurgery and Radiology, L. Nelson Hopkins, MD Chairman of the Department of Neurological Surgery, Jacobs School of Medicine at Biomedical Sciences, at State University of New York at Buffalo.  In 2017 he was appointed as one of 12 National Directors to the American Board of Neurological Surgery.  In 2018 he was appointed Secretary to the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) Executive Committee and appointed to the 2018 American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) Ethics Committee for a two-year term.  His most recent award in 2018 was receiving the “2018 Drake Lectureship” at the CV Section at CNS.   Dr. Levy has a national and global reputation in the field of neurovascular disease, and has co-authored over 300 peer-reviewed publications, including several in the New England Journal of Medicine.  He has also co-authored many published books in neurovascular disease, his most recent being “Decision Making in Neurovascular Disease” Thieme Publishers, May 1, 2018.

Dr. Levy is also the Co-Director, Gates Stroke Center and Cerebrovascular Surgery at Kaleida Health, Director of Endovascular Stroke Treatment and Research Medical Director of Neuroendovascular Services at Gates Vascular Institute (GVI).  He has been a primary investigator in several clinical international research studies on carotid artery revascularization and stents, and served as the US Principle Investigator for the SWIFT PRIME trial published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Additionally, he has trained several physicians in using complex endovascular neurosurgical techniques, who now hold leadership positions in academic institutions in the United States and around the globe.

Prior to his professorship at the University, Dr. Levy graduated from Dartmouth College and received his Doctor of Medicine degree with distinction from George Washington University.  He completed a surgical internship and his neurosurgical residency at the University of Pittsburgh and his fellowship at the University at Buffalo.  He also received his MBA from Northeastern University in 2013.  Since becoming the Chairman at the University of Buffalo Neurosurgery, he has more than doubled the size of the faculty, one of the largest academic groups in New York State.

In 2011, Dr. Levy spearheaded a local non-profit organization called PUCCS (Program for Understanding Childhood Concussion and Stroke).  Dr. Levy, who serves as president and founder, has led the organization in raising nearly $500,000  which has been used to fund concussion research and education in the Western New York area.

Selected Publications
He has a prolific bibliography of over 300 peer-reviewed publications. View a partial list of Dr. Levy’s publications through the National Library of Medicine’s PubMed online database.

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Clinical Expertise & Interests

Cerebrovascular Disease: endovascular, stroke, TIA, AVM, AVF, aneurysm, subdural hematoma, cerebral angiogram, carotid disease, ECIC bypass

General Neurosurgery: spine & compression fractures, tumors, back & neck injuries, kyphoplasty, epidural steroid injection (ESI), spinal angiograms, herniated disk disease, degenerative spine disease, cervical/thoracic/lumbar fusion

Cranial Surgery: Chiari malformation, brain & pituitary tumors, microvascular decompression (MVD)

Dr. Levy’s research interests focus on developing new and better treatments for patients with stroke and stroke symptoms due to atherosclerotic disease of intracranial and extracranial vessels. He has published and lectured extensively on endovascular techniques for stroke and other cerebrovascular disorders.

Professional Highlights

Some of Dr. Levy’s most recent accomplishments include, director of American Board of Neurological Surgeons (ABNS, 2017), recipient of the “Chancellor Award” from State University of New York, for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities, “2014 Hero of the Heart Award” for the American Heart Association of WNY, 2014 “Spirit Award” recognizing significant and spirited support of Kaleida Health and all of Dr. Levy’s contributions to seek to improve the health of the Western New York Community, 2013 winner of the “D’Youville College Achievement in Health Care Award”, winner of the George Thorn Investigator Award” from University at Buffalo School of Medicine (2012). Earlier in his career, he received awards such as the Thomas J. Linnemeir Young Investigator Award-Runner Up (2008); Louise Eisenhardt Award, American Association of Neurological Surgeons (2005); Best Paper-Basic Science Category, Southern Neurosurgical Society (2003); Cerebrovascular/Endovascular Fellowship Award (2003); AANS/CNS Joint Cerebrovascular Section Mullen Endovascular Fellowship Award (2002)

Dr. Levy’s Notable publications

Treatment of Intracranial Aneurysms With the Enterprise Stent: A Multicenter Registry

Mocco J, Snyder KV, Albuquerque FC, Bendok BR, Alan S B, Carpenter JS, Fiorella DJ, Hoh BL, Howington JU, Jankowitz BT, Liebman KM, Rai AT, Rodriguez-Mercado R, Siddiqui AH, Veznedaroglu E, Hopkins LN, Levy EI. Treatment of intracranial aneurysms with...

Influence of Intracranial Aneurysm-To-Parent Vessel Size Ratio on Hemodynamics and Implication for Rupture: Results From a Virtual Experimental Study

Tremmel M, Dhar S, Levy EI, Mocco J, Meng H. Influence of intracranial aneurysm-to-parent...

Defining the Risk of Retreatment for Aneurysm Recurrence or Residual After Initial Treatment by Endovascular Coiling: A Multicenter Study

Ringer AJ, Rodriguez-Mercado R, Veznedaroglu E, Levy EI, Hanel RA, Mericle RA, Lopes DK,...

Hemodynamic-morphologic Discriminants for Intracranial Aneurysm Rupture

Xiang J, Natarajan SK, Tremmel M, Ma D, Mocco J, Hopkins LN, Siddiqui AH, Levy EI, Meng H. Hemodynamic–morphologic discriminants for intracranial aneurysm rupture. Stroke. 2011 Jan;42(1):144-52. PMID: 21106956


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April 10, 2020

Dr. Levy Named SUNY Distinguished Professor

Elad I. Levy, SUNY Distinguished Professor of Neurosurgery Levy, professor and chair of the Department of Neurosurgery in the Jacobs School, is an internationally renowned expert in stroke and cerebrovascular neurosurgery, and a major contributor...

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April 28, 2019

UBNS Comprehensive Neuroscience Center Opens in September, 2019

UB Neurosurgery (UBNS) has opened its new, 60,000-square-foot Comprehensive Neuroscience Center on George Karl Boulevard in Williamsville. The $25 million facility also houses offices for Dent Neurologic Institute, Buffalo Rehab Group and Bennett Rehabilitation Institute....

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January 23, 2017

Dr. Levy Installed as Endowed Chair

Congratulations to Dr. Elad Levy for his installation as the L. Nelson Hopkins III, MD, Professor and Chair of the Department of Neurosurgery. The late William A. Schreyer pledged to establish an endowment to fund...

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