Elite Reviewer Spotlight: Paul Levin

JBJS is pleased once again to highlight our Elite Reviewers. The Elite Reviewers Program recognizes our best reviewers for their outstanding efforts. All JBJS reviewers help us maintain the highest standards for quality orthopaedic publishing.


Paul Levin


 Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Bronx, NY

Years in practice: 34

How did you begin reviewing for other journals and for JBJS in particular?

It is difficult to recall how I became involved. I believe that I received a letter inquiring if I had an interest in reviewing manuscripts. I thought it was a great opportunity to be able to participate in a process which is critical in introducing clinical and basic scientific research to allow practicing orthopaedic surgeons to remain up to date in their patient care.

What is your top piece of advice for those reviewers who aspire to reach Elite status?

Critically analyze every assertion and statement made in the entire manuscript and be prepared to consult the original reference when an assertion seems overarching or unlikely substantiated. Be wary of the conclusion of “trend or trending”. If the investigation failed to demonstrate a statistically significant finding this should be stated, and possible further investigation is warranted.

Aside from orthopaedic manuscripts, what have you been reading lately?

  • The Hastings Center Report: Excellent source of bioethical analysis of a gamut of current challenges in caring for individuals and the public
  • Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind; Yuval Harari
  • 21 Lessons for the 21st Century; Yuval Harari
  • Thinking, Fast and Slow; Daniel Kahneman

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