Alumni Stories

Where will CDM lead you? Alumni become practitioners, educators, researchers, policy experts, entrepreneurs, and leaders in oral health care. Our extensive alumni network provides mentorship and inspiration. 

We hope to include many alumni profiles in this section. Please send recommendations of graduates with notable and interesting stories to

"There's something about people coming into any profession with a broad background. It has to do with relating to people and being able to talk about anything and come out with a feeling of connection. In a dental practice, it's the value of a good chairside manner."

<< Jane & Ed Herzig, DDS '60

I felt that Columbia gave me all these wonderful opportunities that I wouldn't have otherwise had in my lifetime, and that it was time to do something for students. I wanted to give something back—so that we can perpetuate the dental profession.

Meryl Baurmash, DDS '85, Ortho '88 >>

Louis Mandel

There's no question in my mind that medicine, dentistry, PhD research, anything in the field of medical science, is the holy grail because there is nothing more important than health.

<< Louis Mandel, DDS '46

Al Thompson, DDS

Courtesy of Columbia University Athletics

Columbia Track & Field legend, Navy lieutenant, CDM faculty member and alumnus, committed volunteer, and "forever a lion at heart."


Meet Al Thompson, DDS '60 >>