Oregon Health & Science University Pediatric Dentistry 
Department of Pediatric Dentistry
School of Dentistry Oregon Health & Science University
2730 SW Moody Ave.
Portland, Oregon 97201-5042
Phone: 503-346-4073
Email: bao@ohsu.edu
Web: http://www.ohsu.edu/sod/pedo

Program Length and Number of Positions

A 24-month Residency Program that begins July 1 each year (orientation start date, June 15). 4 positions available for year 1, 4 positions available for year 2. 

Program Type

Hospital-based Residency Program


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

  • D.D.S. or D.M.D.
  • Dental and preprofessional education transcripts
  • Personal interview


The residency program in Pediatric Dentistry fulfills the requirements for advanced education in Pediatric Dentistry as approved by the ADA Commission on Dental Accreditation. Upon successful completion of the program, the resident is awarded a Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry and meets the advanced education eligibility requirements of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. The clinical program offers intensive training in all aspects of pediatric dentistry divided between the Department of Pediatric Dentistry at the School of Dentistry and Doernbecher Children’s Hospital. Through the facilities and programs of both institutions, diversified educational experiences are afforded with emphasis in providing comprehensive oral health care for pediatric, adolescent, medically compromised and developmentally disabled patients. A multidisciplinary approach integrates the educational, research and service components of this specialty program.


settings: OHSU School of Dentistry, Doernbecher Children’s Hospital and OHSU Hospital Clinics.

The program has a strong clinical component based on a foundation of full-time and part-time faculty members that come from years of academic and private practice experience. The didactic component is delivered by OHSU’s School of Dentistry and School of Medicine faculty as well as community volunteers. 

Scheduled rotations with the Pediatric Anesthesia, Developmental Pediatrics, Emergency Medicine, Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Program, Division of Hematology and Oncology and Providence Specialty Pediatric Dental Clinic. 

Pediatric Advanced Life Support is required before starting the program. This is provided during orientation. 

Program Stipend and Tuition

First year program stipend is $58,400 with fringe benefits. Second year stipend is $61,000 with fringe benefits. 

Fringe benefits include:
Graduate Medical Education Residents
3 weeks of paid vacation per academic year
3 weeks of sick leave per academic year 


  • School of Dentistry, Oregon Health & Sciences University
  • Doernbecher Children’s Hospital (DCH) Operating Rooms
  • DCH Pediatric Dental Surgery Clinic
  • DCH Pediatric Outpatient Clinics
  • DCH Pediatric Emergency Department
  • Providence Specialty Pediatric Dental Clinic

Admission Requirements

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

  • D.D.S. or D.M.D.
  • Dental and preprofessional education transcripts
  • Personal interview
  • Applicants who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents must be legally able to work in the U.S. or eligible to obtain authorization to work in the U.S.
  • Matched applicants to the program must acquire a license to practice dentistry in the state of Oregon prior to orientation.

Program Strengths

  • Open and engaging relationship with a diverse group of faculty and staff
  • Availability of a diverse range of clinical patients, including children with special needs
  • Excellent working relationship with multiple School of Dentistry and School of Medicine departments
  • Professional development opportunities

Program Faculty

Michael Biermann, D.M.D.
Richard Grabowsky, D.D.S.*
Sherry Lemon, RDH, M.S.
Peter Lubisich, III, D.D.S.
Mark Mutschler, D.D.S., M.S.*
Douglas Park, D.D.S.
Elizabeth A. Palmer, M.S., D.M.D.*, Program Director
Tricia A. Ray, D.M.D.*
Krista Richey, D.D.S., M.S.
Robert Steelman, M.D., D.M.D.*, Department Chair 
Gregory Stafford, D.D.S.*
John Warner, D.M.D.*
Lisa S. Yarborough, D.D.S.*
Todd Young, D.D.S.

*Board Certified in Pediatric Dentistry

School Profile


Program Type: Combined
Program Director: Full-Time
Program Faculty:  
Program Length: 24 Total Months
July, 1 Program Start Date
Program Accreditation: Approved
State Licensure: Required
Number of Entering Positions: 4
Tuition In-State: None First Year
None Second Year
Tuition Out-Of-State: None First Year
None Second Year
Salary/Stipend: $58,400.00 First Year
$61,000.00 Second Year
Application: $75 Fee
10/01 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:  
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: