Joshua Levin, MD

Joshua Levin, MD

Spine physiatrist

Bio:   Dr. Levin completed a residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at the University of Michigan in 2007, and a pain medicine fellowship at the Virginia Commonwealth University in 2008. Currently, he is a member of both the departments of orthopedic surgery and neurosurgery at Stanford University, where he also is the director of the PM&R interventional spine fellowship and the interim director of the PM&R residency program.
4.6 out of 5
268 Patient Ratings
68 Patient Comments

Stanford Neuroscience Health Center

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Division

Neurological Spine Disorders Clinic

Professional Education

  • Board Certification: Electrodiagnostic Medicine, American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine (2010)
  • Board Certification: Physical Medicine and Rehab, American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehab (2008)
  • Board Certification: Pain Medicine, American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehab (2008)
  • Fellowship: Virginia Commonwealth University-Graduate Medical EducationVA
  • Medical Education: Virginia Commonwealth University (2003) VA
  • Residency: University of MichiganMI
  • Internship: St. Joseph Mercy HospitalMI

Administrative Appointments

  • Director, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Spine Fellowship, Stanford (2015 - Present)
  • Interim Director, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency, Stanford (2018 - Present)
4.7

Friendliness

4.5

Explanations

4.5

Listens

4.6

Includes you in decisions

4.7

Clear Communication

4.5

Confidence in your doctor

4.4

Recommended to others

4.5

Wait times

SHC Patient, Aug 2018

Dr. Levin is great. He shows genuine concern and does a thorough examination. Even though I know he is busy I don't feel rushed. If I have even just one more question he will stop, listen and give it the same value as my first question at the beginning of the appointment. I feel comfortable talking with him.

SHC Patient, Jul 2018

I had 3 specific questions for Dr. Levin, his response to my questions was that I should 100% not be worried about these things. While I certainly appreciate his desire to put me at ease I still would have liked an answer or attempt to answer my questions. Other than that I think he is great, I appreciate his conservative approach and as I already stated, I know he was trying to alleviate my worries, but I wanted answers to the specific questions, even "I am not sure or I don't know".

SHC Patient, Jul 2018

Dr. Levin was the first Dr. we saw and he was thorough and returned calls and Emails when we had questions.

SHC Patient, Jun 2018

Not enough explanation ab. MRI contrast risks. He started talking about it without telling me what it was or what its use is. I would like more explanation about MRI and what it showed.

SHC Patient, Jun 2018

The doctor was very nice. I was not sure exactly why my original doctor sent me to an orthopedic but he looked at scans and sent me to the right place and cared very much about my health and pain.

SHC Patient, Jun 2018

Dr. Levin is the best doctor I've seen there so far. I felt he showed genuine concern and spoke to me in a friendly and professional way. His examination was very thorough and not rushed. I feel confident moving forward with him taking care of my treatment.

SHC Patient, Jun 2018

Dr Garay is excellent!

SHC Patient, Jun 2018

Dr. Levin was very professional and pleasant

SHC Patient, May 2018

very good

SHC Patient, May 2018

Both the provider and a DO resident explained the issue I was having with my disc. Both talked to me and confirmed the same diagnosis and treatment plan.

SHC Patient, Apr 2018

Very good.

SHC Patient, Mar 2018

Dr. Levin is fantastic! He is very genuine, empathetic, exudes confidence and experience, and doesn't sugarcoat.

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4.6 out of 5
268 Patient Ratings
68 Patient Comments

SHC Patient, Aug 2018

Dr. Levin is great. He shows genuine concern and does a thorough examination. Even though I know he is busy I don't feel rushed. If I have even just one more question he will stop, listen and give it the same value as my first question at the beginning of the appointment. I feel comfortable talking with him.

SHC Patient, Jul 2018

I had 3 specific questions for Dr. Levin, his response to my questions was that I should 100% not be worried about these things. While I certainly appreciate his desire to put me at ease I still would have liked an answer or attempt to answer my questions. Other than that I think he is great, I appreciate his conservative approach and as I already stated, I know he was trying to alleviate my worries, but I wanted answers to the specific questions, even "I am not sure or I don't know".

SHC Patient, Jul 2018

Dr. Levin was the first Dr. we saw and he was thorough and returned calls and Emails when we had questions.

SHC Patient, Jun 2018

Not enough explanation ab. MRI contrast risks. He started talking about it without telling me what it was or what its use is. I would like more explanation about MRI and what it showed.

SHC Patient, Jun 2018

The doctor was very nice. I was not sure exactly why my original doctor sent me to an orthopedic but he looked at scans and sent me to the right place and cared very much about my health and pain.

SHC Patient, Jun 2018

Dr. Levin is the best doctor I've seen there so far. I felt he showed genuine concern and spoke to me in a friendly and professional way. His examination was very thorough and not rushed. I feel confident moving forward with him taking care of my treatment.

SHC Patient, Jun 2018

Dr Garay is excellent!

SHC Patient, Jun 2018

Dr. Levin was very professional and pleasant

SHC Patient, May 2018

very good

SHC Patient, May 2018

Both the provider and a DO resident explained the issue I was having with my disc. Both talked to me and confirmed the same diagnosis and treatment plan.

SHC Patient, Apr 2018

Very good.

SHC Patient, Mar 2018

Dr. Levin is fantastic! He is very genuine, empathetic, exudes confidence and experience, and doesn't sugarcoat.

SHC Patient, Mar 2018

Caregiver actively sought and encouraged my questions. Appears to be highly competent neurologist and spinal surgeon. Offered an option for minimally invasive treatment going forward should I decide to follow that path.

SHC Patient, Feb 2018

very good

SHC Patient, Feb 2018

Dr Levin was very professional. He took the time to explain the root cause of my LBP and suggestion a plan of action to address my LBP. He is a real Pro.

SHC Patient, Feb 2018

no need for medication so no medication discussed

SHC Patient, Jan 2018

Very professional staff.

SHC Patient, Dec 2017

Dr. Levin took time to discuss my condition and the best next-steps to take. He was kind and very knowledgable overall.

SHC Patient, Nov 2017

Dr. Levin was very efficient and professional during my visit. He was attentive to my needs and listened to my concerns.

SHC Patient, Oct 2017

Doctor Levin is an exceptional caring and good neurologist. Glad that I have seen him for my back problems in last couple years.

SHC Patient, Oct 2017

Very concerned about problem - actually involved in scheduling f/u EMG test.

SHC Patient, Sep 2017

showed interest/ concern for me and gave me options

SHC Patient, Sep 2017

Had a major medical problem on Thursday, was able to see Dr. Levin Friday morning in clinic. Everything about the visit went well -- seen early and had a comprehensive evaluation that was very helpful to me.

SHC Patient, Sep 2017

Difficulty in communicating pain level to Dr. required a follow-up visit to Express Service to increase pain medication. Express service is very helpful since these type of problems often happen on the week-end when you need immediate help.

SHC Patient, Aug 2017

I would highly recommend Dr, Levin, even with my problems he's willing to do further studies to see where my nerves are affected

SHC Patient, Aug 2017

This was a second opinion and made me realize what was missing! Dr. Levin was kind and interested. He asked questions, examined me, and made me feel legitimate about my physical problems (no minimizing).

SHC Patient, Aug 2017

I thought Dr. Levine was knowledgeable in this area. He listened and understood my concerns. He lay out the options for me, the level of aggressiveness of each options and potential risk/side effects. Since I have deal with this issue for a long time, I thought the doctor was honest with me about the situation and risk vs reward of each options so I can make an informed decision.

SHC Patient, Jul 2017

Dr. Levin was both nice and informative. I appreciated that.

SHC Patient, Jun 2017

Dr. Levin was very attentive and showed empathy.

SHC Patient, Jun 2017

My brother and I were very pleased with the quality of care and attention given to my situation by Dr. Levin.

SHC Patient, May 2017

DR Levin is ok. But the assistant was good. I cant remember his name.

SHC Patient, Apr 2017

He was very knowledgeable, but did not show very much care.

SHC Patient, Apr 2017

Very good.

SHC Patient, Mar 2017

Went out of his way to accommodate me.

SHC Patient, Jan 2017

My problem was back pain that had improved the day of the exam (appointment made the day before). Physician was great...knew that doing what I was doing (heating pad when resting, continue movement during the day) was going to most likely be the best procedure.

SHC Patient, Dec 2016

No answers, abrupt, no idea on next steps or hope.

SHC Patient, Dec 2016

He was thoughtful and judicious in his recommendations & explained his rationale for each approach. Fellow was also very personable and thoughtful.

SHC Patient, Nov 2016

I would recommend the Dr Levin, Dr Shuer and the facility. Not the Coordinator group.

SHC Patient, Oct 2016

They were very professional answered all my questions gave me there full attention and explained everything thoroughly.

SHC Patient, Oct 2016

Dr. Levin is an excellent doctor!

SHC Patient, Sep 2016

Both Dr. Levin and Dr. V were excellent at explaining my condition in a language I could understand and presenting pros/cons of options available to me.

SHC Patient, Aug 2016

Dr. Levin went out of his way to schedule an procedure so I would not have another appt - I am almost 200 miles away.

SHC Patient, Aug 2016

So impressed with Dr Levin. My husband is a pediatrician and I'm a retired RN of 45 years. We know quality when we see it and he was excellent. Answered questions, reassuring. I have already recommended him to a friend.

SHC Patient, Aug 2016

Dr Levin was excellent, thorough and compassionate

SHC Patient, Aug 2016

I speak highly re: Stanford Health Care.

SHC Patient, Jul 2016

I've been suffering with pain for six years. I never could find a doctor who believed my pain or had a diagnosis. Dr.Levin had it in my first visit.

SHC Patient, Jul 2016

felt very confident about doctor. he explained everything.

SHC Patient, Jul 2016

Very pleased.

SHC Patient, Jun 2016

As I said. Dr. Levin said he could not help me with my back pain. In other words I should just "grin-and-bear-it" (the pain) for the rest o my life.

SHC Patient, Jun 2016

It felt to me like the doctor was more interested in instructing his student than in understanding/explaining my condition.

SHC Patient, May 2016

I had a very good experience

SHC Patient, Apr 2016

Good service.

SHC Patient, Mar 2016

I was very satisfied

SHC Patient, Mar 2016

My visit was rushed and impersonal, and I left with more questions than answers. The doctor seemed more concerned about performing procedures himself than finding solutions that worked for me and my schedule and circumstances. I definitely won't return for follow up care and I won't recommend this doctor to others.

SHC Patient, Mar 2016

Good

SHC Patient, Feb 2016

Doctor looked at my MRI, read my comments, heard what I had to say and suggested that what I thought I was dealing with might be something different. I was referred to a different specialist within the clinic.

SHC Patient, Feb 2016

The visit note on myHealth doesn't have any detail explanation.

SHC Patient, Feb 2016

Dr Levin took time with me & explained everything in terms I could understand & he was very caring.

SHC Patient, Jan 2016

He pretty much told me that my health issues are my problem, there is nothing that can be done for my pain and don't come back. Note I did not ask for any pain meds (nor do I want them). He did not even try to investigate why my back/hips were in pain.

SHC Patient, Jan 2016

Terrible experience with doctor. He did not listen or seem to care at all about the pain is was and had been experiencing for the last month. He offered no advice when I asked how to proceed. Best comment - "everyone has back pain" - no compassion or interest in my case at all.

SHC Patient, Jan 2016

very caring and thorough

SHC Patient, Jan 2016

I felt very confident that Dr. Levin would be able to help me get to the root of my problem and would consult with other specialist when necessary to provide me with a solution to my back and leg pain which have greatly deminised my quality of life.

SHC Patient, Dec 2015

Very good.

SHC Patient, Dec 2015

Just busy guy, not bad at all.

SHC Patient, Oct 2015

dr levin gathered ALL possible information about my past history with this procedure including the actual op notes, then examined me THEN gave me his recommendation...and was willing to have a discussion about it. he is REALLY a "people" dr!

SHC Patient, Jun 2015

There was not a detailed follow-up plan after I was sent to a radiologist for his opinion.

SHC Patient, Apr 2015

bad

SHC Patient, Nov 2014

Very thorough and request info from Kaiser to make sure what was done.