About Us

A History of Breaking Boundaries

NYU Lutheran Dental Medicine is the educational sponsor of postdoctoral dental residency training programs accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association.

For over 40 years, NYU Lutheran Dental Medicine’s pioneering “dental institution without walls” has trained dental residents in one- , two- and three-year programs. True to its mission, our goal is ensure access and equity in oral health care for all underserved communities around the United States.

We launched our first program in 1974 and have been growing ever since:
Educational Programs

Residents who complete our program gain the real-world experience as well as a sense of certainty and confidence in how to treat a full spectrum of patients including those with unique oral medical challenges.  Unlike any other dental residency program, NYU Lutheran Dental Medicine exposes residents to a broad range of complex conditions and medically compromised patients.

Our esteemed alumni continue to distinguish themselves in practices and dental associations around the world.

On April 1, 2015, NYU Langone Health System welcomed Lutheran Medicine Center into its healthcare network family.  NYU Lutheran Dental Medicine continues to provide high-quality, valuable and community-based dental residency programs.

Our Commitment to Community Caring

NYU Lutheran Dental Medicine continually strengthens its commitment to care for underserved communities by pioneering and forging collaborative alliances and partnerships with community health centers and other public agencies. Community Health Centers (CHC), Indian Health Services (IHS), and other clinic sites around the world have searched for relief from devastating dental workforce shortages occurring in urban and rural geographic areas.

As part of NYU Lutheran, NYU Lutheran Dental Medicine is also a part of broader mission to serve our neighbors.

A Mission to Serve

With a continuing commitment to the highest standards of care, NYU Lutheran Dental Medicine (a part of NYU Lutheran HealthCare), believes that our primary reason for being is to serve our neighbors. Through values reflecting compassion, dignity, integrity, and service, NYU Lutheran affirms its dedication to care for its neighbors and new immigrants. We define health as the total well-being of the community and its residents.

Founded in 1883 as Lutheran HealthCare by a Norwegian Lutheran Deaconess-Nurse, Sister Elisabeth Fedde, our parent company built a tradition of community service dedicated to compassionate care for struggling new immigrants in a neighborhood economically based on the Brooklyn waterfront. NYU Lutheran works in partnership with its neighbors, each relying on the other as friends who care about and assist each other.

NYU Lutheran HealthCare has achieved its goal to become a nationally recognized community-based teaching health care system. It includes NYU Lutheran Medical Center, a 476 bed Level I trauma hospital; the Augustana Lutheran Nursing Home, an innovative managed care program; the comprehensive Family Health Centers; and many outreach programs that are models in education, clinical care, and community service.

The Medical Center is the heart of a health system that anticipates and meets the rapidly changing needs of a multicultural community. As part of an integrated health care system, NYU Lutheran Medical Center understands a hospital not as just a collection of buildings, machines, and beds but as a staff of talented, creative, and committed people who serve the community as needed. Lutheran’s staff is culturally sensitive and linguistically competent, and many live in and near the communities it serves. At the same time, NYU Lutheran developed an equal commitment to excellence in health professions education. In recent decades, NYU Lutheran aggressively volunteered as a significant corporate presence in the community to stimulate renewal and constructive change, and to advocate for the health and well-being of an entire urban area, Southwest Brooklyn.

Director's Message

At NYU Lutheran Dental Medicine we believe there are compelling reasons for today’s dental graduates to consider a residency program. Dentists, like other health care professionals today, find themselves in a much more complex environment than their predecessors. In order to effectively deal with this challenging environment and flourish in it, dentists need a richer base of knowledge and skills than in the past. Dentists need the competencies to assess and successfully traverse the constantly changing landscape of the health care system.

Despite remarkable improvement in the oral health of many Americans, dentists will remain responsible for the recognition, prevention, management, treatment, and evaluation of caries and periodontal diseases. They will work in closer collaboration with physicians and other health care providers in the management of the pharmaceutical needs of an aging population, birth defects and developmental disorders, oral and pharyngeal cancers, HIV/AIDS, and other chronic and disabling conditions. The Surgeon General’s Report on Oral Health and other recent evidence establishing links between oral health and cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and low birth rate, among other health problems, provide an even more compelling rationale to pursue postdoctoral training.

Oral health, so essential to general health and well-being, eludes many in our society. The highest rates of dental caries affect children and families with lower incomes and lesser education. At the same time, many children and young people with developmental or chronic conditions are unable to find access to any dental care, regardless of economic or educational background. Dental needs often overwhelm the health care resources available to many communities. We at NYU Lutheran Medical Center believe deeply in our obligation to serve our communities and we dedicate ourselves to fulfilling this mission as creatively as possible.

NYU Lutheran Medical Center also commits itself to providing an excellent and supportive environment for educating residents in the respected traditions of medicine and dentistry. Modern facilities, a superb faculty, and plentiful educational resources foster a dynamic and satisfying educational experience. We take pride in the quality and inventiveness of our programs and the professional guidance provided during this important phase in your career. We encourage you to explore our programs and look forward to welcoming you to NYU Lutheran.

Neal Demby, DMD, MPH
SVP, Department of Dental Medicine

Real World Experience. Real World Advantage.

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