Luz M. Aguirre, DMD

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Academic Appointments

  • Assistant Professor of Dental Medicine at CUMC

Born and raised in Colombia, South America, Dr. Aguirre received her dental degree from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana. She obtained her American degree from the University of Pennsylvania PASS program followed by an Advanced Education in General Dentistry Residency at Columbia University. As a member of the National Health Service Corps, she is committed to helping the underserved population with special interest in immigrants’ oral health. A general dentist who chose the path of service and education, she has worked in private practice and community health center settings, joining CDM as part time faculty in 2007, transitioning to full time in 2010.

Working within the Community DentCare Network at CDM, Dr. Aguirre divides her time between a public school based dental clinic and a mobile dental center (MDC). She served as attending to dental students during their Global Health Externships to Guatemala from 2010 to 2014.While providing services to head start programs, foster care agencies and public schools, the MDC travels around Northern Manhattan and South Bronx, Dr. Aguirre is one of the attendings for PY-1 Pediatric Residents since 2010. Another teaching responsability she truly enjoys is her course "Cultural Immersion and Spanish Language" currently taught to rising D3 in preparation for their entrance to the clinic floor. She is a member of the Standing Committee on Diversity Affairs and the faculty advisor to the Hispanic Student Dental Association (HSDA-CDM).


  • Spanish

Credentials & Experience

Education & Training

  • DDS, 1989 Dentistry, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana Faculty of Medicine (Colombia)
  • DMD, 1998 University of Pennsylvania School of Dentistry
  • 1999 Advanced Education in General Dentistry, Columbia School Dental & Oral Surg
  • Residency: 1999 Columbia Presbyterian Hospital

Honors & Awards

06/2015 Mentor Award Winner Benco / The Lucy Hobbs Project 3rd Annual Celebration

07/2013 ADEA/AAL Faculty of Color Scholarship for Professional Development: Institute for Teaching and Learning (one of four scholars)

09/2013 HDA/Colgate National Outstanding Faculty Award