Residency Program

Cincinnati Children's Hospital

Residency Program in Pediatric Dentistry
Cincinnati Children's
3333 Burnet Avenue
Cincinnati, Ohio 45229–3039
Phone: (513) 636-4644
Fax: (513) 636-8283

Program Length and Number of Positions

This is a 24-month program beginning July 1 of each year. Five new positions are offered each year.

Program Type

Hospital-based certificate program. Advanced graduate training available.


The application deadline is September 15 of the year preceding matriculation. Correspondence regarding application and admissions procedures should be addressed to:

S.Thikkurissy,DDS,MS Director, Residency Program, Division of Pediatric Dentistry, Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH 45229–3039.


Cincinnati Children's Hospital is a busy, tertiary care teaching hospital that emphasizes quality patient care, education and research. It services the tri-state region of Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. CCHMC was ranked third in the nation according to US News and World Report in 2013.

The pediatric dental residency program was first accredited in 1966 by the ADA Council on Dental Education. The program delivers 37,000 clinic visits, 1,700 operating room cases and after-hours emergency care each year. The patient base includes well and special patients.

The educational philosophy is centered on case-based learning and is designed to train clinicians for private practice. Additionally there is a strong emphasis on management and coordination of care for patients with special healthcare needs. Residents care for patients in a group practice environment that encourages teamwork. The clinical program is supported by a well-rounded didactic curriculum taught by a cadre of board-certified dental and medical specialists.

The first year focuses on the concept of comprehensive clinical care for the well child and includes extensive experience with traditional behavior management, in-house consultations and care in the operating room. First-year residents provide after-hours emergency care including oral facial trauma, laceration management and facial infections, and spend three weeks with Pediatric Medicine, In-House Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine

The second year is designed to increase responsibility and challenge. Each resident serves a rotation as chief resident in charge of all patient care provided in the operating room and in-house consults, spends five weeks delivering general anesthesia for the Department of Anesthesia, and provides clinical dental care emphasizing the medically, mentally and physically challenged patient. There is also a private practice rotation during the second year exposing the resident to practice management issues, as well as managing a multi-chair practice with a complement of dental auxiliaries. Additionally, residents obtain significant experience with sedation via different routes of administration and working with and without medical anesthesiologists.

Specialty clinics in orthodontics, cleft lip and palate, esthetic dentistry, endodontics, periodontics and oral surgery are staffed by specialists in each discipline.


The clinical program is supported by a comprehensive didactic foundation. Seminars, lectures and case reviews are used to deliver information on; behavior management, sedation, pharmacology, general anesthesia, dental care in the OR, treating special patients, orthodontic diagnosis, growth and development, oral pathology, endodontics, periodontics, esthetic dentistry, materials, trauma management, syndromes, speech pathology, practice management, developmental psychology, physical diagnosis, research design and biostatistics, literature review, prevention, infant dental care, cariology and cleft lip and palate care.

A research paper that involves data collection, analysis and interpretation is also required.

Program Stipend and Tuition

First-year stipend is $49,462. Second-year is $51,462.
Fringe benefits include medical insurance, malpractice insurance, four weeks of paid vacation, annual textbook allowance, and travel allowance to the AAPD Annual Session for second-year residents.


• Cincinnati Children's Hospital

Admission Requirements

Applicants must fulfill the following requirements to be considered for admission:

• Graduate of US or Canadian dental school
• PASS application
• Recent photograph
• $25 application fee payable to CCHMC Division of Pediatric Dentistry
• Personal interview
• CV

Program Strengths

• Respected tradition of dental care in an excellent children's hospital
• Medically diverse patient base affording extensive clinical experience in patients with special healthcare needs
- Significant exposure to different routes and methods of providing procedural sedation with and without anesthesiologist collaboration
• Close working relationship with all hospital/medical services

Program Faculty

Hosptial-based Faculty
Stephen Wilson, D.M.D., M.A., Ph.D., Professor/Director, Division of Dentistry*
S.Thikkurissy, DDS, MS, Professor/Director, Residency Program*
Richard Campbell, D.D.S., M.S., Orthodontic Director/Assistant Professor*
Elizabeth S.Gosnell, DMD,MS - Assistant Professor, Dental-Craniofacial Team Director*
William Fye, D.D.S., Director of Satellite Operations/Assistant Professor*
Ann Marie Matusak, D.D.S., Pediatric Dentist*
Murray Dock, D.D.S., M.S.D., Associate Professor*
Anthony Kamp, D.M.D., M.S.D., Associate Professor*
Lisa Rudolph, D.M.D.

Staff Dentists
Katlin Blomer, D.M.D.

Gordon P. Huntress, D.D.S., Maxillofacial Prosthodontics
Ann W. Kummer, Ph.D., Speech Pathology
John S. McDonald, D.D.S., M.S., Oral Pathology*
Howard Saal, M.D., Director, Craniofacial Team
Jennifer A. Creedon, Ph.D., Psychology
Deepak Krishnan, DDS, Residency Director, Oral/Maxillofacial Surgery*
Frederick L. Steinbeck, D.D.S., M.D., Oral/Maxillofacial Surgery*
Heather Morris, D.M.D., Endodontics
Alan R. Weinstein, D.D.S., Restorative Dentistry/Materials
Tiffany Harris, DMD, MS, Periodontics
Ryan Harris, DMD, MS, Periodontics
Robert Hopkin, M.D., Genetics
Zenia Samaan, M.D., Pediatrics
*Board certified

School Profile

Program Type: Hospital-based
Program Director: Full-Time
Board Certified
Program Faculty: 5 Full-Time
3 Part-Time
7 Board Certified
Program Length: 24 Total Months
July 1 Start Date
Program Accreditation: Approved
State Licensure: Restricted License Available
Number of Entering Positions: 5
Tuition In-State:
Tuition Out-Of-State:
Salary/Stipend: 49,462 First Year
51,462 Second Year
Application: 25 Fee
September 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: 1:29
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
Didactic Experience: Seminars
Literature Review
Case Conferences
Research Requirement: Data Collection Project
Teaching Experience: AEGD Supervision
Facilities: 14 Chair/Operatories
3 Clinic Receptionist
10 Dental Assistants
4 Dental Hygienists