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Dante Leven, DO, PT

Minimally Invasive Spine Surgeon

Dr. Leven's Biography
Dr. Leven is a fellowship trained orthopedic spine surgeon practicing in Long Island and New York City who specializes in minimally invasive surgery, trauma, and spinal deformity.  He completed his orthopedic surgery residency at the State University of New York, Downstate in Brooklyn, NY and completed his spine surgery fellowship at Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan.  Dr. Leven teaches courses for residents and fellows on minimally invasive surgery and surgical approaches. He has trained with several of the leading spinal deformity and cervical spine surgeons in the country.

Dr. Leven has over 25 publications in peer-reviewed journals on the topics of spinal deformity, adolescent idiopathic scoliosis, spinal cord injuries and cervical spine surgery and has written multiple book chapters.

As an active member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, North American Spine Society, and the Lumbar Spine Research Society, he has presented over 25 studies and over 75 posters at international conferences.

In clinical practice, Dr. Leven’s focus is in minimally invasive surgery, disc replacement, cervical spine surgery, and spinal deformity.  He is an associate professor with the orthopedic surgery residency program at Nassau University Medical Center.  As a physical therapist for 10 years prior to pursuing his medical training, he worked extensively with patients suffering from chronic pain, scoliosis, neuromuscular disorders, traumatic injuries, and disability.  He completed his training with the goal of maximizing his ability to help patients before, during and after surgery with a comprehensive treatment approach.  His compassion for patients comes from hours of working with patients to improve their quality of life and Dr. Leven makes every effort to offer the best surgical option with the least invasive approach.

Dr. Leven has appointments at Mount Sinai Hospital, Lenox Hill, Nassau University Medical Center, Valley Stream and Beth Isreal Hospital.

Certification/ Licensure:
  • New York State Medical License – Current
  • American Board of Orthopedic Surgeons Part 1 Exam – Passed
  • Controlled Substance Registration Certificate, Drug Enforcement Administration – Current
  • United States Medical Licensing Examination Steps I, II CS and CK – Passed
  • National Board of Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examination Steps I, II, III – Passed
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support and Basic Life Support – Certified
  • Brooklyn Orthopedic Society Resident Research Award 2016 – Third Place. Curve Severity is Associated with Worsening Thoraco-Pelvic Coordination in Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis
  • North American Spine Society Annual Meeting 2015 – Selected for Meet the Author Session. Risk Factors for Readmissions after Posterior Lumbar Fusion
  • North American Spine Society Annual Meeting 2015 – Selected for Meet the Author Session. Higher American Society of Anesthesiologist Score is an Independent Risk Factor for Complications Following Adult Deformity Surgery.
  • Lumbar Spine Research Society 2014 – Annual Resident Research Award. Risk Factors For Reoperation in Patients Treated Surgically for Intervertebral Disc Herniations, Spinal Stenosis and Degenerative Spondylolisthesis. A sub-analysis of the 8-year data from the SPORT trial.
  • Brooklyn Orthopedic Society Resident Research Award 2014 – First Place.Dynamic Changes in Sagittal and Axial Balance in AIS Patients: Can Surgical Realignment Improve Gait Balance?
  • University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine, Recruitment, Student and Alumni Services 2010 – Outstanding Leadership and Service Award.
  • Psi sigma alpha (medical school honor society) – 2007 through 2010
  • Dr. Arthur J. and Judith S. Vanderburgh Scholarship recipient – 2008
Professional Associations:
  • North American Spine Society Member – 2013 – current
  • Lumbar Spine Research Society – 2014 – current
  • American Academy of Orthopedics Society Member – 2010 – current
  • American Medical Association Member – 2006 – current
Volunteer Experience
  • Run For Global Health – Biddeford, Maine, Director of Run for Global Health Ultra-marathon.
  • Saint Jules Medical Clinic – Petite Bourgne du Bourne, HaitiMedical assistant and physical therapist.
  • Musician: Professional pianist, vocalist, and guitarist.
  • Athlete: Running: completed and placed in four marathons in 2005-2012. Finished first place in two 50-mile ultra-marathons in 2007 and 2008. Olympic distance triathlete. Skiing, hiking and golfing.