Residency Program

The two-year pediatric dentistry residency program, started after graduation from dental school, immerses dentists in scientific study and clinical experience. The trainee learns advanced diagnostic and surgical procedures, along with child psychology and clinical management, oral pathology, child-related pharmacology, radiology, child development, management of oral/facial trauma, care for patients with special needs, conscious sedation and general anesthesia.

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NYU Lutheran – RI Site (St. Joseph Health Center-an affiliate of Prospect CharterCARE Health Partners)

21 Peace Street
Providence, Rhode Island 02907
Phone: (401) 456-4441 or (718) 630-8419
Fax: (401)-456-4089

Program Length and Number of Positions

This is a 24-month program beginning July 1 of each year. Four (4) positions per year are available at the Providence, RI site. Orientation begins on July 1 in Rhode Island.

Program Type

This is a Hospital-Based Certificate Program affiliated with Saint Joseph Health Services of RI, part of CharterCARE Health Partners in Providence, R.I.


Application instructions along with an application can be accessed by clicking on one of the following links: or

Other correspondence should be directed via email to:

Dr. Daniel J. Kane, DMD, Program Director, NYU Lutheran, Pediatric Dentistry:
Dr. Shabtai Sapir, DMD, Associate Program Director, RI Site:
Maureen Ross, RDH, BS, Education Coordinator, RI Site:


The NYU Lutheran Pediatric Dentistry Program is a 24-month hospital- and health-center based education program that provides a strong didactic and clinical foundation in Pediatric Dentistry. Founded in 1994 by Dr. Silvia Perez-Speiss in southwest Brooklyn, the NYU Lutheran Advanced Education in Pediatric Dentistry (AEPD) Program is fully accredited by the American Dental Association (ADA) Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA). In 2003, the NYU Lutheran AEPD Program expanded first to the Providence, RI site, and in subsequent years, established programs at 12 additional sites across the country. Affiliated sites are mainly within federally-qualified health centers (FQHCs) or hospitals. This innovative program is a hybrid blend of a strong distance learning didactic curriculum along with extensive clinical experience. Distance-based didactic learning is achieved through asynchronous web-based education modules, via the Sakai platform, and a state-of-the-art videoteleconferencing (VTC) system that connect residents and faculty from all sites. Lectures originate from any number of sites enabling instruction from expert faculty across the country. The program places a significant emphasis on hospital dentistry, pediatric sedation, pediatric general anesthesia, and pediatric medicine. Graduates of the program are trained to be an integral part of the medical team and hospital environment. Additional experiences are provided in pediatric preventive and restorative dentistry, disease management of early childhood caries, orthodontics, treatment of craniofacial conditions, research, ethics, and policy advocacy. Upon successful completion of all requirements, the resident is awarded a Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry and meets the advanced education eligibility requirements of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.

Pediatric programs are located in Alaska (Anchorage), Arizona (Phoenix and Tucson), California (San Diego), Florida (Tampa), Hawaii (Oahu, Maui and the Big Island), Maryland (Eastern Shore), Massachusetts (Holyoke), Missouri (Springfield), New York (Brooklyn), Rhode Island (Providence),Tennessee (Nashville), and Washington (Yakima).

The NYU Lutheran - Rhode Island site is located at the St. Joseph Health Center (SJHC), an affiliate of Prospect CharterCARE SJHSRI, LLC in Providence, RI. Residents rotate through a number of satellite facilities in Pawtucket (St. Joseph Health Center-Pawtucket), North Providence (Our Lady of Fatima Hospital) and Providence (Hasbro Children’s Hospital).

The patient population is primarily low-income, underserved children and families from communities across RI. Pediatric patients, from birth to age 18 years are culturally diverse and include those of Hispanic, African-American, White/non-Hispanic, and Asian descent. Approximately 25% of the patient population has special health care needs including, but not limited to, autism, asthma, ADD/ADHD, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, and craniofacial anomalies.

With modern clinical facilities and 19 operatories, residents have access to electronic dental records, digital radiography, and a dedicated operating room suite for patients requiring care under conscious sedation or general anesthesia. Over the course of training, residents typically complete over 100 cases in the OR and more than the CODA-required 25 oral conscious sedations as operator and 25 cases as the monitor. All residents work with a dental assistant, treat a large number of patients, and acquire a wide variety of clinical skills in restorative dentistry, preventive dentistry, oral maxillofacial surgery, orthodontics, orofacial trauma management, and endodontics to prepare residents to practice all aspects of pediatric dentistry competently and confidently in any setting.

Residents are actively involved with the Craniofacial Team at Hasbro Children's Hospital providing hands-on treatment (nasoalveolar molding-NAM) as an early presurgical intervention for infants with cleft lip/cleft palate. St. Joseph is the only facility in RI offering NAM treatment. Through after hours on-call rotations in the Hasbro Emergency Department, residents gain skill in managing a large number of orofacial trauma cases. In addition, residents rotate through Hasbro's Refugee Health Clinic to triage and refer children new to RI for necessary dental services.
In Year 2, the focus is on treating patients with special health care needs and complex medical conditions. Subspecialty rotations at Hasbro Children’s Hospital include hematology/oncology, pediatric medicine, and inpatient care. Residents also teach dental students from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine and the University of New England College of Dental Medicine and gain exposure to school based programs, collaborative community activities, and policy advocacy efforts with state/national partners.
In addition, St. Joseph Health Center hosts an NYU Lutheran-affiliated Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) Residency Program enabling residents to collaborate on transitioning pediatric patients to adult care and a Dental Public Health (DPH) Residency Program, to collaboratively plan, assess, evaluate, and advocate for effective population-based, community health efforts.


This specialty program revolves around both well children and those who are medically compromised, physically, mentally or developmentally challenged, or those impacted negatively by myriad social determinants of health. The curriculum emphasizes pediatric medicine and dentistry, the behavioral and pharmacological management of children, craniofacial development, sedation, and general anesthesia. Graduates are well prepared to be contributing members of the health care team in the hospital environment or community setting. First-year residents study most of the core curriculum, completing the majority of the didactic curriculum during the first year of residency training. In addition, the program offers coursework in oral biology, genetics and craniofacial biology. In RI, residents have the opportunity to attend monthly craniofacial grand rounds and conferences as active members of the Craniofacial Team. Residents also provide hands-on nasoalveolar molding (NAM) services for infants with cleft lip/palate during weekly scheduled craniofacial clinic sessions.

First-year residents are assigned multiple rotations including pediatric medicine for the well child, general anesthesia, emergency medicine and on-call services. In the first year, the distance learning curriculum of structured lectures and learning activities occur via live videoteleconferencing (VTC) and asynchronous web-based modules (Sakai). There are multidisciplinary seminars with participation by general dentistry, endodontics, and dental anesthesia residents, as well as, specialty-focused seminars. Biomedical courses include: oral biology, pediatric anesthesia, physical diagnosis, medical emergency management, behavioral management, pediatric dentistry series, orthodontics, craniofacial development and research methods and materials. Weekly literature review sessions prepare residents for the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry written qualifying examination and oral boards.

During the second year, as part of community outreach rotations, residents may rotate through local Head Start/early child care centers or school-based programs to extend direct patient care services to children in the community. As a merit-based enhancement and with prior approval, second-year residents may participate in a one-month resident exchange at another NYU Lutheran pediatric training site.

Research symposia throughout the first and second year guide residents through completion of a research project. The completed project is presented at the AAPD Annual Session. Also, on a periodic basis, residents present cases and discuss treatment plan options via live VTC sessions to residents at all sites. During the last few months of training, residents may visit a number of local private pediatric dental offices to observe, assess, and evaluate various practice management methods and operations.

Program graduates have gone on to successful careers in academics including, but not limited to, leadership in pediatric predoctoral programs, pediatric residency programs, hospital dentistry, community health centers, and private practice.

Program Stipend and Tuition

For 2016, the stipend for first-year residents is $62,652 plus fringe benefits. Second-year residents receive a stipend of $67,076 plus fringe benefits with an additional $2,500 for the chief resident(s) at each site. Fringe benefits include medical and dental insurance, prescription drug plan, $150 for PGY1 books, $1,000 for PGY2 course registration, and nine holidays, four week vacation, four educational days, twelve sick days (accrued one day per month) per year.


St. Joseph Health Center - Providence
St. Joseph Health Center - Pawtucket
Our Lady of Fatima Hospital
Hasbro Children’s Hospital

Admission Requirements

• DDS or DMD degree from an ADA-accredited American or Canadian dental school
• Must be eligible for the RI limited dental license Learn more here
• Must have passed Part I of National Board Dental Examination (NBDE) prior to application and Part II by start of residency
• ADAT is not required
• Dental transcripts through PASS
• Three Professional Evaluation Forms (PEF) through PASS
• All candidates must be proficient/fluent in the English language
• PASS application; MATCH number
• Recent 2×2 color photograph embedded in CV and uploaded to PASS
• Personal interview (upon invitation)
• Be a U.S. or Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of the U.S.
• Completion of dental school or current residency in good standing by start of the program (July 1st)
• Must live within 20 minutes of health center by start of residency to respond to after-hours emergency calls

Program Strengths

• Strong didactic and clinical foundation in pediatric dentistry with emphasis on pediatric medicine, hospital dentistry, interceptive orthodontics, care of patients with craniofacial conditions, general anesthesia and conscious sedation
• Ethnically-diverse patient population
• Large patient population
• Modern clinical facilities
• Strong faculty to resident ratio
• Extensive hospital experiences through affiliation with Hasbro Children’s Hospital and Brown University Medical School
• Extensive training in the use of pharmacological/non-pharmacological modalities of treatment
• Specialists in all disciplines of dentistry including, but not limited to, orthodontics, special care dentistry, oral maxillofacial surgery, and dental anesthesiology
• Serve as part of the Craniofacial Team at Hasbro Children’s Hospital
• Optional merit-based one-month rotation to any NYU Lutheran site with approval
• On-call at the Emergency Department, Hasbro Children’s Hospital with exposure to a large variety of orofacial trauma and pain management cases

Program Faculty

Daniel J. Kane, DMD, Program Director, Pediatric Dentistry *
Shabtai Sapir, DMD, Associate Program Director, Pediatric Dentistry **
Ellen Alpano, DDS, Pediatric Dentistry *
Matthew Brennan, DMD, Orthodontics *
Matthew Downey, DMD, Pediatric Dentistry *
William Gordon, DMD, Orthodontics **
Jason Hencler, DMD, Pediatric Dentistry *
Steven Lasser, DMD, Pediatric Dentistry *
Carol Lewis, MD, FAAP, Director, Refugee Health Clinic, Hasbro Children’s Hospital *
James Linakis, MS, PhD, MD, Assoc. Dir., Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Hasbro Children’s Hospital *
Cheen Loo, BDS, PhD, MPH, DMD, Chair, Department of Pediatric Dentistry, Tufts University *
Caitlin Montcrieff, RN, MSN, CPNP, CPHON, Hematology Clinical Manager, Hasbro Children’s Hospital *
Derek Nobrega, DMD, Pediatric Dentistry *
Adam Pallant, MD, PhD, Residency Director in Pediatrics, Rhode Island Hospital/Brown Medical School *
Joseph Samartano, DDS, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery **
Kevin Silva, DMD, Special Care Dentistry
Yvonne Wolny, DMD, Special Care Dentistry
Kristen Zitterell, DMD, Dental Anesthesiology *

Program Leadership
Neal Demby, DMD, Senior Vice President, Dental Medicine
Bernard Tolpin, DDS, Vice President, Dental Medicine
Daniel Kane, DMD, Program Director, Pediatric Dentistry*
Margaret Mason, DMD, Vice President, Senior Administrator, Dental Medicine
Nathalie Mohadjeri, DMD, Vice President, Quality Management & Patient Care

* Board Certified
** Board Eligible

School Profile

Program Type: Hospital-based
Program Director: Full-Time
Program Faculty: 5 Full-Time
10 Part-Time
16 Board Certified
Program Length: 24 Total Months
July 1 Start Date
Program Accreditation: Approved
State Licensure: Restricted License Available
Resident-Limited Dental License Available
Number of Entering Positions: 4 – Rhode Island Site (First Year)
Tuition In-State: $0 First Year
$0 Second Year
Tuition Out-Of-State:
Salary/Stipend: $62,652 First Year
$67,076 Second Year
Application: August 15 Deadline
Participant in National
Matching Service:
Participant in PASS: Yes
Only US citizens from ADA
accredited dental schools
US citizens from foreign dental
schools considered:
Non-US citizens from ADA
accredited dental schools
Non-US citizens from foreign
dental schools considered:
Acceptance Applicant Ratio:
Clinic Experience: Orthodontics
Conscious Sedation
Hospital Rotations
General Anesthesia
Emergency Call
Operating Room
Oral Surgery
Infant Oral Health
Medically Compromised
Mentally Disabled
Craniofacial Disorders
Physically Disabled
Community Clinics
Special Health Care Needs
Didactic Experience: Seminars
Literature Review
Case Conferences
Research Requirement: Data Collection Project
Case Report
Teaching Experience: Yes Clinic Half-Days
Numerous Lecture/Presentations
Facilities: 19 Chair/Operatories
5 Clinic Receptionist
14 Dental Assistants
7 Dental Hygienists