Ira Levenson was raised in Long Island, New York. From the time he was a teenager he desired to be trained in an oral surgery field. He was intrigued not only with oral health but the social aspect of oral health. He started off this journey by attending Queens College in New York where he received his undergraduate degree. He graduated in 1982 with a B.A. in Biology and Sociology. He then started his dental education by attending Columbia University College of Dental Medicine where he received his degree of Doctor of Dental Surgery. While at Columbia, he did research in oral biology and presented at numerous dental meetings and was the University representative at the National Institute of Dental Research (NIDR) in 1986. This research experience sparked his interest in cell biology and periodontal pathology. When searching for a Periodontal residency program, Dr. Levenson applied only where he knew there would be further opportunity to conduct research while pursuing his clinical specialty training. Accepted at several programs he decided to attend The Ohio State University and in 1989 he received his Master’s degree in Oral Biology and his Certificate in Periodontics. During and after his residency, Dr. Levenson continued to present his research at numerous meetings both in the United States and abroad. He was the first Ohio State alumni to win the Graduate Student Research Forum from the Midwest Society of Periodontology in 1989. He is married to the love of his life, Lori. They have two grandchildren and and three dogs.