Residency Program in Pediatric Dentistry 
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
3333 Burnet Avenue
MLC 2006
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. Six new positions are offered each year.

Program Type

Hospital-based certificate program. Advanced graduate training available.


Applications are processed through PASS and the deadline for submission is September 1 of the year preceding matriculation. Supplemental requirements which include 2x2 photo, CV, and $35 processing fee are also due to on September 1.

For additional application details, please contact Mrs. Laura Costello at


Cincinnati Children's Hospital is a tertiary care teaching hospital focused on quality patient care, education and research. CCHMC has been nationally ranked among the top three Children’s Hospital according to US News and World Report for nine years. 

The pediatric dental residency program was first accredited in 1967. The program manages 37,000 clinic visits, 2,000 operating room cases and nearly 2,500 after-hours emergency visits each year. All clinics in our Division have a full complement of dental staff/auxiliaries to support each resident.

The educational philosophy is centered on high quality; high volume care with a firm foundation of assessment of the best evidence dentistry has for therapies. Additionally there is a strong emphasis on management and coordination of care for patients with special healthcare needs, which comprise 60% of patient pool. The program features 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 and special health care needs child. Residents spend five intensive, uninterrupted weeks in the Division of Anesthesiology providing airway management for operating room cases. The second year is designed to increase responsibility and challenge residents. Each resident rotates as chief resident accountable for; all patient care provided in the operating room, In-office general anesthesia/ IV sedation and in-house consults.

The Fairfield location provides a private practice setting off-site during the second year. Residents learn about practice management issues, as well as managing a multi-chair practice. PL-2 Residents are allowed the option of moonlighting in our Adolescent Evening Clinic. Full Ohio Licensure and approval of program director and CCHCM Medical Staff are required for this option to be available. 

Residents obtain significant experience with both nonpharmacological and pharmacologic behavior guidance. Residents cumulatively may do up to 250 Oral/Intranasal sedations, In-office general anesthetics, and operating room procedures. Residents learn different routes of sedation administration and work with medical anesthesiologists as well.

Residents learn Orthodontic/Growth& Development under a board-certified full time Orthodontist. Care focuses on limited/interceptive orthodontics but has full orthodontic components as well. Residents can expect to manage 10-15 cases each.


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.

All seminars are based in literature, and aimed at preparing residents to challenge the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry qualifying examination.

A research paper that involves data collection, analysis and interpretation under the supervision of a faculty mentor is also required.

Program Stipend and Tuition

First-year stipend is $58,305. Second-year is $60,442.

Fringe benefits include malpractice insurance, four weeks of paid vacation, textbook allowance, and travel allowance to; AAPD Annual Session for second-year residents and AAPD Sedation course for first-year residents, as well as participation in the AAPD Pediatric Oral Health Advocacy Conference.


Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center(Main Campus location and Outpatient Fairfield Satellite)

Admission Requirements

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

All applicants must be US citizen or permanent resident

  • Graduate of US or Canadian dental school
  • Completed PASS application 
  • Recent photograph (electronic submission)
  • $35 application fee payable to CCHMC Dentistry
  • Personal interview
  • CV (electronic submission)

Program Strengths

  1. Respected tradition of dental care in an excellent children's hospital
  2. Good breadth and depth of full-time and part-time program faculty
  3. Medically diverse patient base affording extensive clinical experience in patients with special healthcare needs
  4. Significant exposure to different routes and methods of providing procedural sedation with and without anesthesiologist collaboration
  5. Close working relationship with all hospital/medical services
  6. Significant exposure to private practice simulation in satellite location

Program Faculty

Sarat Thikkurissy, D.D.S., M.S., Professor/ Division Director, *F
Ann Marie Matusak, D.D.S. M.S., Program Director, Assistant Professor *F
Elizabeth S. Gosnell, D.M.D., M.S. - Associate Professor, Dental-Craniofacial Team Director *F
Richard Campbell, D.D.S., M.S., Orthodontic Director/Assistant Professor *F
Scott Schwartz, D.D.S., M.P.H., Assistant Professor *F
Jennifer Cully, D.M.D., Assistant Professor *F
Giulia Castrigano, D.M.D., M.S., Assistant Professor *F
Patrick Ruck, DDS., Assistant Professor *F
Lauren Capozza, D.D.S., Staff Dentist *P
Bradley Skelton, D.M.D., Staff Dentist +P
Devon Cooper, D.M.D. Staff Dentist +P
Maria Botros, D.D.S., Staff Dentist +P
Murray Dock, D.D.S.,M.S.Staff dentist *P
Scott Papineau, D.D.S., PharmD, Adjunct Lecturer
Gordon P. Huntress, D.D.S., Maxillofacial Prosthodontics
Deepak Krishnan D.D.S., Residency Director, Oral/Maxillofacial Surgery*
Heather Morris D.M.D., Endodontics*
Alan R. Weinstein, D.D.S., Esthetic Dentistry
Tiffany Harris, D.M.D., M.S., Periodontics*
Ryan Harris, D.M.D., M.S., Periodontics*
Cristina Tarango M.D., Hemophilia and Blood * Dyscrasias
Mary Greiner, M.D., Pediatrics and Foster Care*
Howard Saal, M.D., Director, Craniofacial Team
David Moore, M.D., Anesthesiology*

*Board certified
+Board eligible
F=Full time faculty
P=Part time Faculty

School Profile


Program Type: Hospital-based
Program Director: Full-Time
Board Certified
Program Faculty: 8 Full-Time
5 Part-Time
12 Board Certified
Program Length: 24 Total Months
July 1 Start Date
Program Accreditation: Approved
State Licensure: Restricted License Available: Ohio Limited Resident's License required
Number of Entering Positions: 6
Tuition In-State:  
Tuition Out-Of-State:  
Salary/Stipend: 58,305 First Year
60,442 Second Year
Application: 35 Fee
September 1 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: 1:30
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
Public Health
Minimal and Moderate Sedations
Special Health Care Needs
Behavior Guidance
Didactic Experience: Seminars
Literature Review
Case Conferences
Research Requirement: Data Collection Project
Teaching Experience: AEGD Supervision
Facilities: 22 Chair/Operatories
6 Clinic Receptionist
17 Dental Assistants
7 Dental Hygienists