40 UNDER 40 HONOREES

Liliana Ortiz Camacho

  • New York
  • Specialty

Age:

31

Name of Practice:

New York University College of Dentistry; she is the director of clinical removable prosthodontics there.

Specialty:

Prosthodontics

Education:

Universidad del Zulia, Maracaibo, Venezuela


Why They Were Nominated

I am grateful, I can do it, and I will do it!” That’s one of Dr. Ortiz Camacho’s mantras. After receiving her DDS summa cum laude, she completed a two-year international program and a three-year postgraduate training in prosthodontics at New York University College of Dentistry. She’s now a full-time clinical assistant professor at NYU Dental.

Why They Became a Dentist

“From an early age, I knew that I would be in the health field, because I grew up in that environment.” Her mother is a pediatrician; her father was an OB-GYN.

Biggest Challenge

“My father passed away when I was start- ing dental school. I promised myself that in his honor and as a gift to my mother, I’d be the best of the class. And it happened!”

Most Memorable Patient

During her prosthodontics training, Dr. Ortiz Camacho treated a 16-year-old diagnosed with Amelogenesis imperfecta. The treatment was interdisciplinary, involving multiple specialists. “After the insertion of the definitive restorations,” she recalls, “the gratitude the boy displayed made me realize that prosthodontics is an art.”

Exciting New Trend

CAD/CAM dentures. “It’s great that patients can have dentures in a few appointments with good results.”

Something People Don’t Know

Dr. Ortiz Camacho loves to organize events. She was known as “Dr. Party Planner” during her last year of prosthodontics training.