Advanced Education Program in Pediatric Dentistry 
Department of Pediatric Dentistry
Louisiana State University School of Dentistry
1100 Florida Avenue
New Orleans, Louisiana 70119
Phone: (504) 941-8199
Fax: (504) 941-8200

Program Length and Number of Positions

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

Program Type

University-based Master’s in Dentistry (non-thesis) program


The application deadline is October 1 of the year preceding matriculation. The candidate must submit an application through PASS. The nonrefundable fee is $50. Correspondence regarding application and admission procedures should be addressed to:

Delores Bradford, Secretary
C/O Eric Hovland, Director for Advanced Education, LSU School of Dentistry, 1100 Florida Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70119 (504) 941-8113

The program participates in the Postdoctoral match conducted by the National Matching Services, 20 Holly Street, Suite, 301, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M4S 3B1; The program also participates in the Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS) program of the American Association of Dental Schools, 1400 K Street, Suite, 1100 NW, Washington DC 20005; All applicants must participate in the postdoctoral match program to be considered.


The Program in Pediatric Dentistry is balanced with significant hospital extramural affiliation at Children's Hospital in New Orleans. The course of study includes seminars in clinically oriented basic sciences and instruction in advanced clinical procedures including minor tooth movement, hospital protocol and general anesthesia, treatment for medically compromised children, courses in research methodology and elective courses for career preparation in academic dentistry. The program has been planned in accordance with the Commission on Dental Accreditation Requirements for Specialty Education Programs and is fully accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation. Upon completion of the program, the student receives a Master’s in Dentistry in Pediatric Dentistry and meets eligibility requirements for the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry examination.


Required clinical courses include advanced clinical pediatric dentistry, case analysis and minor tooth movement. In addition, one-month rotations are spent in the children’s Hospital Department of Anesthesia, the Children’s Hospital Department of Pediatric and the Emergency Department.

Required didactic courses include: advanced pediatric dentistry seminar, advanced pediatric dentistry research, case analysis and treatment planning, cephalometrics, craniofacial morphogenesis, biostatistics, dental pediatrics and pediatric oral pathology. A research requirement must be fulfilled for certification.

Program Stipend and Tuition

Tuition and fees will not be waived. The present tuition and fees is $9,136.32 per year for Louisiana residents and $20,340.92 for non-Louisiana residents. The tuition and fees are subject to revision by the Louisiana State University administration. Residents receive a $6,000 stipend per the first year and $6,000 stipend per the second year.


  • LSUSD Pediatric Dentistry Clinic 
  • Special Children’s Dental Clinic, Children’s Hospital, New Orleans
  • Children’s Hospital, New Orleans
  • Children’s Hospital Mobile Dental Clinic

Admission Requirements

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

  • D.D.S., D.M.D. from a U.S.-based program
  • Dental and preprofessional education transcripts 
  • Transcript identification of overall grade point average and class standing 
  • Three letters of recommendation (PEFs submitted through PASS, It is highly recommended one be from a pediatric dentistry faculty member.)
  • Participation in the National Matching Services Program 
  • Personal interview 
  • Non-English speaking applicants require the TOEFL
  • Applicants must report NBDE scores/results

Program Strengths

  • Didactic program balanced with 50 percent time commitment to the hospital environment 
  • Extensive and diverse patient pool generated by environment of Children’s Hospital.
  • Extensive clinical exposure to behavior control, conscious sedation and general anesthesia 
  • Ten percent clock-hour commitment exclusively to minor tooth movement instruction on a weekly basis
  •  A 1:1 resident and dental assistant ratio

Program Faculty

Jeffrey T. Johnson, D.M.D., M.P.H., Program Director*
Kelli Axelrad*, D.D.S., Clinical Assistant Professor
Priyanshi Ritwik*, D.D.S., M.S., Associate Professor
Linda Cao, D.D.S., Clinical Assistant Professor*
Robert J. Musselman, D.D.S., M.S.D., Professor
Teresa Perkins, D.D.S., M.S., Clinical Assistant Professor*
Marvin Cavallino, D.D.S., Clinical Associate Professor*
Richard Olinde, D.D.S., Clinical Associate Professor*
Pamela Shaw, D.D.S., Clinical Assistant Professor
Claudia Cavallino, D.D.S., Clinical Assistant Professor
Victor Babin III, D.D.S., Clinical Assistant Professor
Vincent N. Liberto*. D.D.S., M.S., Professor
Rosalynn Crawford-McKendall*,D.D.S., Clinical Assistant Professor
Laura Hogue, D.D.S., Clinical Assistant Professor
Stephen Holmes*, D.D.S., Clinical Assistant Professor
Nicole Boxberger, D.D.S., Clinical Assistant Professor
Brooke McCallum*, D.D.S., Clinical Assistant Professor
Sapna Patel, D.D.S., Clinical Assistant Professor
Thomas Kiebach, D.D.S., Clinical Assistant Professor
Carol Stuckey, D.D.S., Clinical Assistant Professor
Patricia Lanier, D.D.S., Clinical Assistant Professor
William Posnik, D.D.S., Clinical Assistant Professor
Zafer Cehreli. D.D.S., Ph.D.

*Board certified

School Profile


Program Type: Combined
Program Director: Full-Time
Board Certified
Program Faculty: 4 Full-Time
18 Part-Time
10 Board Certified
Program Length: 24 Total Months
July 1 Start Date
Program Accreditation: Approved
State Licensure: Required
Restricted License Available
Number of Entering Positions: 4
Tuition In-State: 9,136.32 First Year
9,136.32 Second Year
Tuition Out-Of-State: 20,340.92 First Year
20,340.92 Second Year
Salary/Stipend: 6,000 First Year
6,000 Second Year
Application: 50 Fee
9/16 to PASS & 10/1 to LSU
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
Public Health
Minimal and Moderate Sedations
Special Health Care Needs
Behavior Guidance
Didactic Experience: Seminars
Literature Review
Case Conferences
Research Requirement: Thesis
Teaching Experience: 1/wk Clinic Half-Days
3/yr Lecture/Presentations
Facilities: 17 Chair/Operatories
3 Clinic Receptionist
8 Dental Assistants
1 Dental Hygienists