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 Langone Hospitals, Pediatric Dentistry Residency-NY site

Advanced Education Program in Pediatric Dentistry
NYU Lutheran Dental Medicine
150 55th St.
Brooklyn, New York 11220
Phone: 718-630-8783 or (718) 630-8419

Program Length and Number of Positions

This is a 24-month program beginning July 1 of each year. Five (5) positions per year are available at the Brooklyn, NY site. Orientation begins on July 1.

Program Type

Hospital-based certificate program.


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:
Rajesh Adhia, DMD, MA, Associate Director/Regional Coordinator, Metro NY
Julie Cernigliaro, DMD, Associate Director, Metro NY


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-Spiess 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).

NYU Lutheran Family Health Centers offers a comprehensive and vigorous training program. Our Brooklyn facilities are unique in that we are a health center within a hospital - NYU Lutheran Medical Center, a level-I trauma center. The residents treat a large and diverse underserved patient population throughout Brooklyn at Sunset Park, Park Ridge, Park Slope, Brooklyn Chinese, and Caribbean Family health centers. Other postdoctoral dental residency programs offered at LFHC include: AEGD, GPR, Dental Anesthesiology, Endodontics, Periodontics, Orofacial Pain, and Dental Public Health. The Center has 28 dental operatories and O.R. Suites within the medical center. Within these health centers, residents are able to work alongside multi-specialty faculty member mentors who are highly skilled and credentialed anesthesiologists, endodontists, oral facial pain specialists, periodontists, oral surgeons, prosthodontists, general dentists, dental public health residents, orthodontists, and oral pathologists. All residents are assigned a dental assistant to facilitate caring for a significant number of patients. Residents leave culturally competent and ready to treat large patient populations in varied settings. Residents are able to have a large number of patient encounters because clinic hours include nights and weekends that all residents are required to work. Oral and IV conscious sedation are performed within the dental clinic with a dental anesthesiologist.


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.

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 are held jointly with NYU post-doctoral students.

During the second year, as part of community outreach rotations, residents may participate in oral health screenings in the community as well as rotation in specialty pediatric medicine and the chance to visit private practice offices. Second year residents also spend time teaching pre-doctoral students at NYU College of Dental Medicine and attend the annual AAPD meeting. 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.

The Brooklyn site has a strong IV sedation experience and participates in Craniofacial experiences at Columbia University and NYU Langone. The residents gain a wide range of experiences due to the diverse and large patient populations. The residents have a high patient load with extended and weekend hours in addition to on call at a Trauma 1 emergency department that contribute to a varied experience. They work alongside various attendings in the operating room and graduate having completed a large number of cases. The residents at this site have access to specialist in all areas of dentistry which allow them to gain experiences in complex procedures. The health center has a mostly healthy well child population.

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.


NYU Lutheran Medical Center, Department of Dental Medicine
NYU Lutheran community health centers throughout Brooklyn include:
Brooklyn Chinese
Caribbean Family Health
Park Ridge
Park Slope
Sunset Park
Rotations at:
Columbia University
New York University
NYU Langone-Manhattan Campus

Admission Requirements

• DDS or DMD degree from an ADA-accredited American or Canadian dental school
• Must be eligible for a limited permit or dentist license (www.op.nysed.giv/prof/dent/dentforms.htm)
• 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 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 with exposure to a large variety of orofacial trauma and pain management cases

Program Faculty

Rajesh Adhia, DMD, Associate Director, Regional Program Coordinator, Pediatric Dentistry *
Julie Cernigliaro, DDS, Associate Director, Pediatric Dentistry*
Linda Rosenberg, DDS, Pediatric Dentistry*
Diane Wong, DDS, Pediatric Dentistry*
John Celona, DDS, Pediatric Dentistry
Susan Hernandez, DMD, Pediatric Dentistry*
Donald Olsen, DDS, Orthodontics
Charles Azzaretti, DDS, Director Dental Anesthesiology*
Jeffrey Burns, DDS, Dental Anesthesiology/Special Care*
Louis Siegelman, DDS, Dental Anesthesiology*
Constantine Pavlakos, DDS, Periodontology*
Anthony DiMango, DDS, Oral Surgery*
Boris Zats, DDS, Oral Surgery*
Marc Kunin, DDS, Endodontics
Lynn Gargano, DDS, Director School Health, Pediatric Dentistry *
Clara Tzau, DDS, Pediatric Dentistry
Anne Layvey, DMD, Pediatric Dentistry
Helen Tong, DMD, Pediatric Dentistry *
Rishi Kothari, DDS, Orthodontics
Nicholas Katchen, DDS, Pediatric Dentist / Dental Anesthesiology*
Robert Bowe, DDS, Oral Pathology *

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: 11 Full-Time
18 Board Certified
Program Length: 24 Total Months
July 1 Start Date
Program Accreditation: Approved
State Licensure: Required
Resident-Limited Dental License Available
Number of Entering Positions: 5 PGYI
Tuition In-State:
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
Minimal and Moderate Sedations
Special Health Care Needs
Didactic Experience: Seminars
Literature Review
Case Conferences
Research Requirement: Data Collection Project
Teaching Experience: Yes Clinic Half-Days
Yes Lecture/Presentations
Facilities: 35 Chair/Operatories
22 Clinic Receptionist
47 Dental Assistants

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