The awe reserved for artists is as much about art as the intimacy between hand and eye necessary to create it. An artist may improve technique with the study of perspective, anatomy, color, and light, but this rare physical ability seems to rise from the spiritual.
For a man blessed with natural artistic talent, but whose career objective was to help others, the decision to be a plastic surgeon was the perfect blend of art and science for Dr. Joel Levin.
Since that decision was made more than three decades ago, he has earned the gratitude of thousands of people for whom he has restored or refined body image and enhanced self-esteem. Which is one of the reasons for his distinction as one of the “top 50 Requested Physicians in Miami.”
He has gained the respect of his medical peers, as well. He has been the Chief of Plastic Surgery at Baptist Hospital of Miami since 1987, and has served as Director of the Hand Surgery Center, Variety Children’s Hospital; Chief of Surgery, Deering Hospital; and President of the Greater Miami Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons.
In addition to his dual board certifications, by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Surgery, he is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He is also a member of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, and the Florida and Dade County medical associations.
Yet, he always finds time for art, often sculpting with tropical hardwoods and metals presented by patients. His work can be seen at various Miami locations, including Congregation Bet Breira synagogue. Among the sculptures displayed in his office are several tributes to the hands of man – capable of transforming visions of the mind into beautiful reality.