Pediatric Dental Residency Program 
Department of Dental Medicine 
Northwell Health Long Island Jewish Medical Center
270-05 76th Avenue
New Hyde Park, New York 11040
Phone: (718) 470-3111
Fax: (718) 347-4118

Program Length and Number of Positions

This is a two year (24-month) hospital based program commencing July 1st of each year. Four positions are offered.

Program Type

This is a hospital based residency certificate program.


The application deadline is Oct. 15th of the year preceding matriculation. All applicants must be graduates of an ADA accredited dental school. The program participates in both the Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS) and the Postdoctoral Dental Matching Program. Applicants to this program must apply through PASS and the National Matching Service


The pediatric dental residency program is designed to prepare the pediatric dentist for an active role in clinical practice with an emphasis on hospital utilization and academics. The clinical experience occurs at the Cohen Children's Medical Center which is adjacent to and continuous with the Long Island Jewish Medical Center.
Clinical supervision is provided daily by the staff of the Division of Pediatric Dental Medicine and the Section of Orthodontics. The pediatric dental population is made up of children who can be categorized into one or more of the following groups:

  1. The well child (up to 21 years of age)
  2. The behavior management problem child
  3. The medically compromised child
  4. The mentally and/or physically handicapped child or adult

The resident will learn to apply various behavior management techniques in the course of providing dental care for the well child as well as to learn to choose the appropriate modalities of management for the child with central nervous system impairment and/or associated developmental disabilities. Many of these special patients require pharmacologic management in the surgical ambulatory setting. During the second year of the program, a major portion of the resident's time will be spend in peri-operative management and surgical treatment of these children.

Residents will also be introduced to orthodontic evaluation, treatment planning and therapy as part of the pediatric dental experience. Residents will spend two months on the medical anesthesia service providing general anesthesia for a variety of medical and dental surgical procedures. Other rotations include pediatric medicine, pediatric emergency medicine, oral pathology, hematology and oncology and biomedical research.
Residents will take in-house emergency call during the first year of the program. During their second year, they will assume the role and responsibility of chief residents. Residents will be expected to produce one library research paper and one case report per year which will be presented at departmental rounds. Teaching experiences will include presentation to the pediatric medical staff, the general practice residents and to parent and self-help groups.

The program is designed in accordance with the Commission on Accreditation Requirements for Advanced Education Programs in Pediatric Dentistry and will prepare the resident to meet the eligibility requirements for the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry Examination.


The clinical and didactic curriculum is provided by the full time and voluntary attending staff of the Department of Dentistry. The program is clinically oriented and interacts daily with the existing general practice residency training program and oral and maxillofacial surgery residency training programs. Residents will receive extensive training in pediatric dental medicine through clinical rotations and seminars with the department of dentistry and the medical center at large.

Clinical Curriculum:

  1. Clinical practice in pediatric dentistry
  2. Preventive, interceptive and comprehensive training in orthodontics, including exposure to patients with significant dentofacial deformities
  3. Behavior management techniques and oral and parenteral conscious sedation on an out patient basis
  4. Dental care for the developmentally disabled
  5. Cleft lip/palate management with nasoalveolar molding appliances prior to surgery
  6. Management of trauma to the head and neck region
  7. Ambulatory and in-patient management including extensive operating room experience
  8. Two-month rotation tot he department of anesthesiology
  9. Medical rotations to pediatric medicine, pediatric emergency medicine, oral pathology and hematology/oncology
  10. Emergency room coverage responsibilities

The didactic curriculum includes:

  1. Pediatric Dentistry Theory
  2. Weekly treatment planning seminars
  3. Pediatric dentistry literature review
  4. Oral medicine and oral pathology
  5. Biomedical research and statistics
  6. Orthodontic seminars
  7.  Cariology and prevention
  8. Clinical pathologic conferences
  9.  Weekly house rounds
  10.  Anesthesiology

Program Stipend and Tuition

Dental residents receive the same salary as medical residents; $74,000 for first year residents, and $76,000 for second year residents. There is no tuition. Health Benefits are included.


Cohen Children's Medical Center

Admission Requirements

  1. D.D.S., D.M.D. from an accredited ADA dental school
  2. Pre-professional and dental education transcripts
  3. Eligibility for temporary licensure in New York State
  4. PASS application and statement
  5. National Board Score
  6. Three letters of recommendation (not in addition to PASS letters)
  7. Personal interview

Program Strengths

  1. A 30 year history in providing pediatric dental post-doctoral training by the Department of Dental Medicine at the Long Island Jewish Medical Center
  2. The presence of full-time program directors in all postdoctoral training programs
  3. The presence of an extensive and committed voluntary attending staff
  4. The Cohen Children's Hospital which manages the health needs of a diverse pediatric population
  5. Availability of operating room time, ease of medical consultation, emergency room experience and two-month rotation to the deparment of anesthesiology
  6.  Structured clinical and didactic program provided by a wide variety of dental and medical specialists

Program Faculty

Dr. David Hirsch, Chairman Department of Dental Medicine*
Dr. Paul Crespi, Chief & Program Director Pediatric Dental Medicine*
Dr. Joseph Brofsky, Section head Pediatric Dental Medicine
Dr. Kathleen Schultz, Attending, Pediatric Dentistry
Dr. Tiana Hakimi, Attending, Pediatric Dentistry*
Dr. John Melinski, Attending, Pediatric Dentistry
Dr. Ira Goldberg, Section Head of Orthodontics*
Dr. Mary George, Attending Pediatric Dentistry*
Dr. Angie Chin La, Attending Pediatric Dentistry
Dr. Dawn Sosnick, Attending Pediatric Dentistry
Dr. Deborah Troy, Attending Pediatric Dentistry
Dr. Simon Reisman, Attending, Pediatric Dentistry
Dr. Jay Cho, Attending, Pediatric Dentistry
Dr. Zachary Faber, Attending Orthodontics*
Dr. Richard Faber, Attending Orthodontics*
Dr. Michael Wininger, Attending Orthodontics
Dr. Martin Boorin, Attending Dental Anesthesiology
Dr. William Stewart, Program Director General Dentistry
Dr. Patricia Regan, Program Coordinator General Dentistry
Dr. Joshua Segal, Program Director Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery*
Dr. Peter Protzel, Attending Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery*
Dr. Donald Tanenbaum, Attending TMD Clinic
Dr. John Fantasia, Chief Oral Pathology*
Dr. Robert Kelsch, Attending Oral Pathology*
Dr. Edwin Ginsberg, Chief Periodontics
Dr. Joseph Spector, Chief Endodontics
Dr. Lawrence Popkin, Attending Endodontics

*Board Certified

School Profile


Program Type: Hospital-based
Program Director: Full-Time
Board Certified
Program Faculty: 6 Full-Time
20 Part-Time
11 Board Certified
Program Length: 24 Total Months
July 1 Start Date
Program Accreditation: Approved
State Licensure: Restricted License Available
Number of Entering Positions: 4
Tuition In-State:  
Tuition Out-Of-State:  
Salary/Stipend: 74,000 First Year
76,000 Second Year
Application: October 15 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: 1:40
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
Didactic Experience: Seminars
Literature Review
Case Conferences
Research Requirement: Data Collection Project
Case Report
Teaching Experience: Yes Lecture/Presentations
Facilities: 7 Chair/Operatories
3 Clinic Receptionist
4 Dental Assistants
1 Dental Hygienists