Gabriel Rincón was born in Puebla, Mexico. After experiencing undocumented immigration to New York as a teenager, he returned to Mexico where he worked to pay for his education and to study dentistry at the Universidad Autonoma de Puebla from which he graduated in 1981. He performed a year of community service in Hospital Montelimar, in Managua, Nicaragua.
After a short stay in Mexico where he practiced his profession, Dr. Rincón moved to New York where he worked various jobs until he was accepted at the College of Dentistry of New York University from which he graduated in 1991 with a DDS Degree. Dr. Rincón served as a Fellow in Oral Surgery at Bellevue Hospital where he first encountered patients dying of AIDS. In 1993, he started his own successful dental practice in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. In 1994, he began working for the community, giving talks about HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis prevention and Lead Poisoning. In 2000 he and three other concerned community members formed Mixteca Organization, Inc. with an aim to serve recent Mexican and Latino immigrants in New York.
Dr. Rincón formally served as President of the Board of Directors of Mixteca Organization, Inc. as Vice-President of Mexican American Societies, Sunset Park Lions Member, Sunset Park Health Council Member, Lutheran Medical Center Board of Trustees Member, and on February 2013 was appointed Vice-President of Lutheran Family Health Centers. The Governor of the State of Puebla, the Brooklyn Borough President, the Mexican Consul General, the New York City Council, Sunset Park Lion’s Club, and the Health Department of New York City have recognized Dr. Rincón for his community efforts.
Dr. Rincón received the prestigious Union Square Award and the Bank of America Local Hero Award. He has appeared on Spanish radio stations in New York and has been invited to several conferences to discuss Mexican immigrants in New York and the role of community-based organizations. In 2008 and 2010, Dr. Rincón spoke on behalf of the New York Mexican community at a forum with Mexican President Felipe Calderon alongside the Mexican Ambassador, First Lady, and various Mexican Ministers. In November of 2011, Dr. Rincon won the prestigious Robert Wood Johnson Community Health Leader Award. In 2012, he was named “Man of the Year in the Mexican Community of New York” by Casa Puebla NY. Also in 2012, he was awarded the HOPE Award from the American Journal of Health Promotion. Recently on April 2013, he was honored by the NYPD Community Affairs Bureau for his longstanding work with the department to enhance the quality of life of the Hispanic community.