Harvey Levy, D74, practices general and hospital dentistry in Frederick, Maryland, where he emphasizes comprehensive dental care for individuals with anxiety or special needs. He graduated from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in 1974, completed a residency at the Eastman Dental Center in Rochester, New York, in 1976, trained in Michigan, and taught at the University of Pennsylvania. In 1980 he established his group dental practice, Dr. Harvey Levy & Associates PC, which he continues to head.
Dr. Levy has developed effective techniques to manage and treat patients with special needs. These patients include those who are on the autism spectrum; who have intellectual disabilities or mental challenges, including Alzheimer’s disease; who are medically compromised; or who are simply very young or anxious. Through courses, workshops, and presentations that he teaches all over the country, he has taught thousands of dental professionals how to work with patients with special needs in a dental office, operating room, private home, nursing home, and hospice center. He currently teaches at the University of Maryland, publishes articles and book chapters, and passionately advocates for greater access to care for all.
Dr. Levy has earned Mastership and five Lifelong Learning Service Recognitions by the Academy of General Dentistry, plus eight fellowship and five diplomate certificates. For his work with patients with special needs, he has been honored with the Academy of General Dentistry’s Humanitarian Award, the American Dental Association’s Access to Care Award, the Maryland Governor’s Doctor of the Year Award, the Maryland State Dental Association’s First Humanitarian Award, Morgan State Public Health Award, Special Care Dentistry’s Saul Kamen Award, and the honor of running the 2002 Olympic Torch. Dr. Levy was also three times inducted into the U.S. Martial Arts Hall of Fame.