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. Six 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

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


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 has been nationally ranked among the top three Children’s Hospital according to US News and World Report for four years. 

The pediatric dental residency program was first accredited in 1966 by the ADA Council on Dental Education. The program manages 37,000 clinic visits, 1,700 operating room cases and nearly 2,500 after-hours emergency visits each year. The patient base includes well and special needs patients. 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 case-based learning resting on 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 the patient pool. 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. Additionally residents spend three weeks with Pediatric Medicine, In-House Pediatric Ward and Emergency Medicine. Finally 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 serves 10 weeks as chief resident in accountable for; all patient care provided in the operating room, In-office general anesthesia/ IV sedation and in-house consults. PL-2 residents also provide clinical dental care emphasizing the medically, mentally and physically challenged patient.

Our Fairfield location provides a private practice setting off-site during the second year. This rotation exposes resident to practice management issues, as well as managing a multi-chair practice with a full complement of dental auxiliaries. PL-2 Residents are allowed the option of moonlighting in our Adolescent Evening Clinic which cares for healthy teenagers 14-18 years old. 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 average; 150 OR cases, 63 Oral/Intranasal sedations, and 110 In-office general anesthesia/IV sedations. Residents practice sedation via different routes of administration and work with medical anesthesiologists on many cases as well.

Residents learn Orthodontic/Growth& Development under a board-certified full time Orthodontist. 1st and 2nd years are assigned to teams which care for approximately 15-30 patients each. Care focuses on limited/interceptive orthodontics but has full orthodontic components as well. Our orthodontic program was cited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation for an integrative and innovative teaching model.

Our dynamic full-time faculty participate and mentor residents in specialty clinics; Craniofacial Anomalies, Epidermolysis Bullosa, Esthetic Dentistry, Endodontics/Traumatology, Periodontics and Oral & maxillofacial surgery. Sub-specialty clinics are attended 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.

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 $54,920. Second-year is $56,787.
Fringe benefits include medical insurance, malpractice insurance, four weeks of paid vacation, annual 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 Public Policy Lobby Day.


Cincinnati Children's Hospital (Main Base location and Fairfield Off-site)

Admission Requirements

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

  • Graduate of US or Canadian dental school
  • Completed PASS application 
  • Recent photograph (electronic submission preferred)
  • $35 application fee payable to CCHMC Dentistry
  • Personal interview
  • CV (electronic submission preferred)
  • Official NBDE and DAT to be sent directly to the program

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

Program Faculty

S.Thikkurissy, D.D.S., M.S., Professor/ (I) Division Director, Residency Program Director *F
Ann Marie Matusak, D.D.S. M.S., Assistant Professor*F
Elizabeth S. Gosnell, D.M.D., M.S. - Assistant 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
Lisa Rudolph, D.M.D., M.P.H., Staff Dentist*P 
Lauren Capozza, D.D.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*
Ralph Gruppo, 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: 7 Full-Time
3 Part-Time
10 Board Certified
Program Length: 24 Total Months
July 1 Start Date
Program Accreditation: Approved
State Licensure: Restricted License Available
Number of Entering Positions: 6
Tuition In-State:  
Tuition Out-Of-State:  
Salary/Stipend: 54,920 First Year
56,787 Second Year
Application: 35 Fee
September 17 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: 1:35
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
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: 18 Chair/Operatories
3 Clinic Receptionist
14 Dental Assistants
7 Dental Hygienists