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

Six new positions are available for this 24-month program beginning July 1 of each year.

Program Type

Hospital-based certificate program.


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 $40 processing fee (remitted at: are also due to on September 1.For additional application details, please contact Mrs. Laura Costello at


Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC) is a busy, tertiary care teaching hospital emphasizing quality patient care, education, and research. It services the tri-state region of Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. CCHMC is consistently ranked highly on the U.S. News and World Report Best Children’s Hospital Honor Roll.CCHMC has a long tradition of providing excellent oral health care. Outpatient care is primarily delivered in a new, state-of-the-art hospital dental clinic, completed in 2019. Annually, our clinicians manage over 37,000 clinic visits, complete 1,700 operating room cases, and provide significant after-hours emergency care. 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 first year focuses on comprehensive care for the well and special health care needs child and includes extensive experience with traditional behavior management, treatment planning, and care in the operating room. First-year residents provide after-hours care, managing orofacial trauma and infections of odontogenic origin. Throughout the first year, residents rotate through several services within the hospital and operating room, including Pediatric Medicine and Anesthesia. Residents also get experience in interceptive and comprehensive orthodontics; endodontic management of dental trauma; and basic surgical management of periodontal conditions.The second year is designed to increase responsibility and challenge. Each resident serves two rotations as chief resident in charge of patient care in the operating room and in-house consults. Advanced clinical experiences, such as rotations as in the hematology and oncology clinic, the foster care clinic, and the Craniofacial Anomalies Team allow residents to utilize their new skills to treat and advocate for these unique populations. Distinct to this program, second year residents rotate through our clinic in Fairfield, Ohio to simulate a private practice experience. In this setting, residents manage a multi-chair clinic with a complement of dental auxiliaries. Additionally, second year residents obtain robust experience with sedation via different routes of administration, including oral, intravenous, and intranasal. Intravenous sedation is provided five days a week by physician anesthesiologists in a general anesthesia suite within the hospital clinic.


The clinical program is supported by a didactic curriculum that promotes critical thinking and an evidence-based treatment philosophy. The educational philosophy is centered on seminars, literature reviews, and case-based learning designed to train well-rounded, thoughtful, highly skilled pediatric dentists.The CCHMC Advanced Education in Pediatric Dentistry program has a proud history of graduating residents well-prepared to obtain board certification through the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and pursue a variety of career paths, including private practice and academics.A research project 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 $60,942. Second-year is $63,158.

Program fringe benefits include malpractice insurance, four weeks of paid vacation, and a textbook allowance. A travel allowance will be allocated to all first year residents to attend the AAPD Sedation Course and all second year residents to attend the AAPD Annual Session. The travel allowance will also cover the participaton at the AAPD Pediatric Oral Health Advocacy Conference during one of the two years.


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)
  • $40 application fee (remitted at:
  • 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, *FScott B. Schwartz, D.D.S., M.P.H, Associate Professor, Program DirectorAnn Marie Matusak, D.D.S. M.S., Assistant Professor, Director of Clinical Operations *FElizabeth S. Gosnell, D.M.D., M.S. - Associate Professor, Dental-Craniofacial Team Director *FJue Wang, D.D.S., P.hD, Assistant Professor, Orthodontic Director *FGiulia Castrigano, D.M.D., M.S., Assistant Professor *FPatrick Ruck, DDS., Assistant Professor *FAneesha Reddy, D.M.D*PAngel Lopez, DDS *PPetr Vaughn, DDS +PMurray Dock, D.D.S.,M.S.Staff dentist *PGordon P. Huntress, D.D.S., Maxillofacial ProsthodonticsDeepak Krishnan D.D.S., Oral/Maxillofacial Surgery*Heather Morris D.M.D., Endodontics*Alan R. Weinstein, D.D.S., Esthetic DentistryCristina Tarango M.D., Hemophilia and Blood Dyscrasias*Mary Greiner, M.D., Pediatrics and Foster Care*Howard Saal, M.D., Director, Craniofacial TeamDavid Moore, M.D., Anesthesiology**Board-Certified+Board eligibleF=Full time facultyP=Part time Faculty

School Profile


Program Type: Hospital-based
Program Director: Full-Time
Board Certified
Program Faculty: 8 Full-Time
3 Part-Time
9 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: 60,942 First Year
63,158 Second Year
Application: $40 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