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Gustavo D Cruz, D.M.D., M.P.H.
Assistant Professor
Epidemiology and Health Promotion
Room PAS Dental Center, 421 First Avenue
Fax: 212-995-3536
E-mail:

 

Education:

1974 B.S., University of Puerto Rico
1978 D.M.D., University of Puerto Rico, School of Dentistry
1993 M.P.H., Columbia University, School of Public Health

 

Research Interests / Professional Overview:

Oral Health Disparities, Tobacco Cessation, Public Health, Oral Cancer Prevention and Control.

 

Current Funding:

A Randomized Clinical Trial of Smoking Cessation Interventions in Dental Clinic Smokers, National Institutes of Health

New York State Oral Cancer Control Plan, National Institutes of Health

A Community-Based ,Cultural Sensitive Oral Health Promotion for Pregnant Women, New York State Department of Health

 

Representative Publications:

Cruz G.D., Lamster I.B., Begg M.D., Phelan J.A., Gorman J.M., El- Sadr W. The Accurate Diagnosis of Oral Lesions In HIV Infection: Impact on Medical Staging. Arch Otolaryngol Head and Neck Surg. 1996;122:68-73.

Ostroff J.S., Hay J.L., Primavera L., Bivona P., Cruz G.D., Le Geros R.Z. Motivating Smoking Cessation Among Dental Patients: Smoker's Interest in Biomarker Testing for Susceptibility to Tobacco-Related Cancers. Nicotine and Tobacco Research. 1999;1:347-355.

Cruz G.D., Galvis D.L., Kim M., Le Geros R.Z., Barrow S.L., Tavares M., Bachiman R. The Influence of Ethnicity on Perceived Oral Health among Asian-Americans in New York City. Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology. 2001;29(2):99-106.

Yip J., Hay J.L., Ostroff J.S., Stewart R.K., Cruz G.D. Survey of Dental Students' Attitudes and Adherence to Smoking Cessation Counseling Guidelines. Journal of Dental Education. 2000;64(9):641-650.

Cruz G.D., LeGeros, R.Z., Halpert N., Xue X., Galvis D.L., Tavares M. Dental Caries Experience, Unmet Needs and Tooth Loss of Haitian Immigrants in New York City. Journal of Public Health Dentistry. 2001;61 (4):203-9.

Cruz G.D., Ostroff J.S., LeGeros R.Z., Hay J., Kenigsburg H., Franklyn D.M. Oral Cancer Knowledge, Risk Factors, and Characteristics of Participants in an Oral Cancer Screening Program in New York City. Journal of the American Dental Association. 2002;133:1064-1071.

Hay J.L., Ostroff J.S., Cruz G.D., LeGeros R.Z., Kenigsberg H., Franklin M. Oral Cancer Risk Perceptions in an Oral Cancer Program. Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention. 2002 (11):155-158.

Kerr A.R. & Cruz G.D. Oral Cancer: Practical Prevention and Early detection for the dental Team. The New York State Dental Journal. 2002; 68( ):44-54

Barrow SYB, Xionan X, Le Geros A, Mijares D, Le Geros RZ, Galvis D, Snead M, Tavares M, Cruz GD. Dental Caries Prevalence Among a Sample of African Americans Adults in New York City. Clinics of North America. 2003; 47(1):57-65.

Cruz G.D., Galvis D.L., Barrow S.L., Le Geros A.R., Xionan X, Tavares M, Le Geros RZ. Oral Health Status of Four Hispanic Subgroups in New York City. Clinics of North America. 2003; 47(1): 41-55

Cruz GD. Barriers that Affect Achieving and Maintaining Oral Health Among Hispanics. Compendium of Continuing Education in Dentistry (Special Supplement). 2002; 23 (12): 31-32.

Okunseri C, Badner V., Kumar J, Cruz GD. Dental Caries and Treatment Need among Racial and Ethnic Minority Schoolchildren. The New York State Dental Journal. 2002; 68 (8): 20-23.

Cruz GD, Shore R, Le Geros RZ, Tavares M. Effect of Acculturation on Objective Measures of Oral Health in Haitian Immigrants in New York City. In Press. Journal of Dental Research.

Published Abstracts:

Cruz G.D., Lamster I.B., Begg M.D., Phelan J.A. (Center for Oral HIV Studies, Columbia University, New York). Effect of a Comprehensive Oral Examination on Staging of HIV Disease. Journal of Dental Research. 1995; 74:167.

Mercado-Galvis D.L., Cruz G.D., Tavares M., Kim M., LeGeros R.Z. Oral Health Practices of Asian-American Adults Residing in New York City. Journal of Dental Research. 1997; 76.

Cruz G.D., Galvis D.L., Kim M., Le Geros R.Z., Barrow S.L., Tavares M., Bachiman R. The Influence of Ethnicity on Perceived Oral Health among Asian-Americans in New York City. Journal of Dental Research. 1998; 77 (Special Issue B) Abstract #590.

Hay Ostroff J., Moadel A., Maher P., Bivona P., Cruz G., Le Geros R. Assessing the Role of Cancer Risk Perceptions in Smoking Cessation Efforts. Proceedings of the American Society of Preventive Oncology Annual Meeting, Bethesda, MD. March 5, 1998.

Barrow S.L., Cruz G.D., Xue X., Snead M.P., Ottey T., LeGeros A.R., LeGeros R.Z. Dental Caries Prevalence in a group of School Children in Jamaica, W.I. Journal of Public Health Dentistry. 1999;2:104.

Hay J., Ostroff J., Moadel A., Maher P., Del Tredici A., Rose M., Bivona P., Cruz G., LeGeros R. Attenuated Perceptions of Cancer Risk among Asymptomatic Smokers. Annals of Behavioral Medicine. 1998;20:S175.

Ostroff J.S., Hay J.L., Primavera, L., Bivona P., Cruz G.D., LeGeros R. Motivating Smoking Cessation Among Dental Patients : Developing a Behavioral Intervention. Journal of Dental Research. 1999, 78 (IADR Abstracts):107.

Stewart RK, Hay JL, Ostroff JS, Knight P, Bivona PL, Cruz G.D., LeGeros R, Sundaresh S. Dental Clinic Smokers Show High Rates of Willingness to Undergo Genetic Testing for Tobacco-Related Cancer Risk. Annals of Behavioral Medicine;21:S255.

Cruz G.D., Yip S., Xue X., Galvis D.L., Tavares M., Le Geros R.Z. Sociodemographic Determinants of Oral Health Beliefs in Indians and Pakistanis. Journal of Dental Research 1999, 78 (IADR Abstracts):240.

Cruz, G.D., Le Geros R.Z., Barrow S.L. Recruitment of Minorities into Oral Health Research: A Community/Academic Partnership. Journal of Public Health Dentistry. 2000;2:101.

Cruz, G.D., Halpert N., Xue X., Galvis DL., Tavares M., LeGeros R.Z. The Dental Health Status of Haitian-Americans in New York City. Journal of Dental Research 2000, 79 (Special Issue:290.

Cruz G.D., Yip J.K. Barrow SL, Xue X. LeGeros AR., Khan F., LeGeros RZ. Caries Experience of a Diverse Group of Homeless Men in NYC. Journal of Dental Research 2000. 79 (Special Issue:290.

Cruz G.D., Ostroff J.S., LeGeros R.Z., Hay J.L., Kenigsburg H, Franklin D.M. Oral Cancer Knowledge, Risk Factors, and Characteristics of Participants in an Oral Cancer Screening Program in New York City. Proceedings of the 128th Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association meeting,

Barrow S., Xue X., Snead M., Mijares D., LeGeros A., Tavares M., Cruz G.D., LeGeros R. Dental Caries Prevalence Among African-Americans in New York City. Journal of Dental Research 2001. 80 (Special Issue): 268.

Galvis DL., Cruz G.D., Barrow SL., Mijares D., LeGeros AR., Khan H., LeGeros RZ. Oral Health Practices, Perceived Need and Access to Care of Two Hispanic Subgroups. Journal of Dental Research 2001. 80 (Special Issue): 268.

Cruz G.D., Shore R., Barrow SL, Tavares M, Le Geros RZ. Validation of an acculturation scale for Hatian Americans in New York City. Journal of Dental Research 2001. 80 (Special Issue: IADR Abstracts): 668.

Cruz G.D., Galvis-Mercado D.L., Khan F.D., Tavares M. Predictors of Dental Health and Unmet Need of Hispanic Immigrants in New York City. Journal of the American Association of Public Health Dentistry. 2002;62 (4):243.

Yip J.K. Cruz G.D., LeGeros A.R., Xue X., Mijares D.Q., Barrow S.L., LeGeros R.Z. Periodontal Status of a Diverse Group of Homeless Men in NYC. Journal of Dental Research 2002. 81 (Special Issue: IADR Abstracts): A-94.

Cruz G.D., Shore R., Tavares M., LeGeros R.Z. Acculturation and Perceived Oral Health Among Haitian Immigrants in NYC. Journal of Dental Research 2002. 81 (Special Issue: IADR Abstracts): A-432.

Wadhawan S. Cruz G.D., Khan FD, Kumar JV. Assessment of Educational Materials about pregnancy and oral health in the US. Journal of Dental Research 2002. 81 (Special Issue: IADR Abstracts): A-432.

Gajendra S, Cruz GD, Kumar J. Are Health Educators Offering Oral Cancer Prevention Education.Presented at the National Oral Health Conference, Milwaukee, WI, April, 2003.

Cruz GD, Ostroff J, Gajendra S, Kumar J. New York State Oral Health Care Providers' Readiness to Adopt Oral Cancer Examinations and Tobacco Cessation Practice Guidelines. Journal of Dental Research. 2003 82 (Spec Iss A): abstract #12.

Gajendra S. Cruz GD, Kumar JV. New York State's Oral Health Care Providers' Practices and Opinions Regarding Oral Cancer: A comparative study. Journal of Dental Research. 2003 82 (Spec Iss A): abstract #1115.

Contributions in Books:

Oral Health Care for People with HIV Infection.
AIDS Institute, New York State Department of Health, 2002