Gustavo Cruz, DMD, MPH

Position: Commissioner

Location: New York, NY

Term Ends: April 2018

Gustavo Cruz, DMD, MPH, is an oral health policy consultant and senior advisor to Health Equity Initiative, a professional membership organization in New York City that brings together community leaders and professionals in diverse fields to promote innovations in health equity. Dr. Cruz was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellow in 2009–2010, working in the office of the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Subsequently, he served as chief of the Oral Health Branch, Bureau of Health Professions, at the Health Resources and Services Administration. He previously served as director of public health and health promotion at New York University College of Dentistry and as governing faculty of New York University’s master’s degree program in global public health. Dr. Cruz has conducted numerous research studies on the oral health of U.S. immigrants, oral health disparities, oral and pharyngeal cancers, and access to oral health care among underserved populations, as well as on the effects of race, ethnicity, acculturation, and culturally influenced behaviors on oral health outcomes and health services utilization. He received his degree in dentistry from the University of Puerto Rico and his master of public health from Columbia University’s School of Public Health. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Dental Public Health.

Financial Interests

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Health Equity Initiative, consultant and senior advisor