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 September 15 for PASS and September 30 for supplemental materials 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, Administrative Assistant
C/O Faye Mascarenhas, BDS, MS, FACP
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 Ochsner Hospital for Children 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 successful completion of the program, the student receives a certificate in Pediatric Dentistry and meets eligibility requirements for the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry examination. There is an option to complete a Master of Science in Dentistry degree during the two-year program.


Required clinical courses included advanced pediatric dentistry, case analysis and minor tooth movement.  In addition, significant rotations are spent in Ochsner Hospital for Children with particular focus on pediatric anesthesiology, pediatric emergency care, and pediatric multi-disciplinary and subspecialty medicine.

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

Program Stipend and Tuition

Year 1 Stipend:  $54,815.24
Year 2 Stipend:  $56,652.73

Tuition in-state $9,141.82 per year for Louisiana residents
Tuition out-state $20,346.42 per year for non-Louisiana residents 


  • LSU School of Dentistry Pediatric Clinic 
  • Ochsner Hospital for Children

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 INBDE 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

Sterling Roberts, DDS, Assistant Professor and Program Director*Karen Bruggers, DDS, Interim Department ChairKristoffer Norbo, DDS, Clinical Assistant Professor*Tyler Mesa, DDS, Clinical Assistant ProfessorKellie Axelrad, DDS, Clinical Assistant Professor*Stu Bonnin, DMD, Clinical Assistant Professor*Nicole Boxberger, DDS, Clinical Assistant Professor*Linda Cao, DDS, Clinical Assistant Professor*Claudia Cavallino, DDS, Clinical Assistant Professor*Robert Delarosa, DDS, Clinical Assistant Professor*Jill Donaldson, DDS, Clinical Assistant Professor*Teresa Perkins, DDS, Clinical Assistant Professor*

*Board certified

School Profile


Program Type: Combined
Program Director: Full-Time
Board Certified
Program Faculty: 2 Full-Time
16 Part-Time
18 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: 9,141.82 per year for
Louisiana residents
Tuition Out-Of-State: 20,346.42 per year for
Louisiana residents
Salary/Stipend: $54,815.24 First Year
$56,652.73 Second Year
Application: $50 Fee,
deadline 9/15 to PASS
& 9/30 supplemental materials
to LSU School of Dentistry 
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: 14 Chair/Operatories
2 Clinic Receptionist
6 Dental Assistants
1 Program Coordinator


Updated 3/8/2023