Ira D. Levine, M.D.
Dr. Ira Levine was born and raised in Binghamton, a town in upstate New York. He was educated in public schools before attending and graduating from Cornell University and studied medicine at the SUNY Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse, N.Y., graduating in 1967. He then moved across the country, entering the first internship class at U.C.S.D., where he completed his post-graduate training in 1973 as a Chief Resident in General Surgery.
Dr. Levine served two years as a surgeon in the United States Air Force, retiring as a Major. He then began a private practice of general surgery in the Hillcrest area of San Diego, working at Scripps Mercy Hospital for 35 years until retirement in 2011.
At Scripps Mercy Hospital, he served as chief of the section of general surgery for a number of years, the surgical supervisory and physician well-being committees and was chairman of the tissue and blood committee. Dr. Levine was also the Director of Surgical Education for the transitional interns, ran the surgery morbidity and mortality conference and was involved in fundraising for the hospital.
He has served on the Board of Directors and as Vice President of Mercy Physician Medical Group, an independent physician association (IPA) and on numerous committees of the San Diego County Medical Society.
In retirement, Dr. Levine is enjoying volunteer activities, Pilates, golf, walking with a group of stimulating friends and especially spending time with Ellen, his wife of nearly 50 years, his three children and four grandchildren, all of whom live in San Diego.