Pediatric Dental Residency Program 
St. Barnabas Hospital
183rd Street & Third Avenue
Bronx, New York 10457
Phone: (718) 960-6619

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.


The application deadline is October 1 of the year preceding matriculation. The program participates in both the National Match and PASS programs. Please refer to St. Barnabas Pediatric Dental Program's profile on the ADEA/PASS website for application information. Correspondence regarding application and admission procedures should be addressed to:

Paul K. Chu, D.D.S. 
Director, Pediatric Dental Residency Program 
Department of Dentistry 
St. Barnabas Hospital 
183rd Street and Third Avenue 
Bronx, NY 10457 


The Pediatric Dental Residency Program at St. Barnabas Hospital began in 1995 and is fully accredited by the ADA Council on Dental Education. The program offers clinical and didactic training in all areas of pediatric dentistry including: restorative dentistry, pediatric endodontic techniques, behavior management (pharmacological and non-pharmacological), fixed and removable orthodontics, oral surgery, prosthodontics, oral conscious sedation, pediatric medicine, and general anesthesia. St. Barnabas Hospital is a regional trauma center in Bronx, New York. The patient population at the hospital is ethnically diverse and includes: well children, developmentally, physically, medically and mentally compromised children, and adults. The dental department at St. Barnabas Hospital also has an Orthodontic Residency Program, General Practice Residency Program, and Dental Anesthesia Program.


Pediatric dental residents receive clinical and didactic training from attendings representing all dental specialties and medical specialties. 

The clinical curriculum emphasizes: restorative techniques in pediatric dentistry, non-pharmacological behavior management, nitrous oxide sedation, oral conscious (moderate) sedation, intravenous sedation, management of cases under general anesthesia, and public health. St. Barnabas Hospital is a Level 1 Trauma Center, resulting in extensive exposure to trauma management. Hospital rotations include: pediatric medicine (inpatient and outpatient clinics), general anesthesia, ENT clinic, audiology, infectious disease, and pediatric emergency department. Residents also rotate through the dental department at the Rose F. Kennedy Center for patients with special needs.
The didactic curriculum emphasizes: literature review, pediatric dental textbook review, orthodontic theory, orthodontic management, oral medicine, pharmacology, traumatology, growth and development, restorative techniques, special needs patients, and practice management. Residents present cases of interest in monthly case presentation meetings. Treatment planning seminars are held bi-weekly. Clinical research, leading to a paper of publishable quality, is also a requirement of the program. Accommodations are made for residents to attend Continuing Education courses as well as board preparatory courses. Residents also participate in a monthly Craniofacial Conference sponsored by Columbia University’s College of Dental Medicine. 

The program supports St. Barnabas Health System's comprehensive approach to care through monthly outreach to: local pediatricians, local head starts, Women's, Infant's, & Children's (WIC) programs, local schools (grade, middle, & high school levels), and oral health demonstrations at The Bronx Zoo. Since 2004, St. Barnabas Hospital pediatric dental residents have sat on local head start health committees, reinforcing oral health habits in the educational setting. Residents are also encouraged to participate in international outreach. Residents have provided dental care to countries such as: Honduras, Jerusalem, Guatemala, Mexico, India, Argentina, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, and Thailand.
Practice management is an important component of the program. Every clinical attending at St. Barnabas Hospital currently treats patients in private practice. Residents thus will learn a variety of practice management philosophies. Monthly elective time is scheduled to allow residents to visit pediatric dentists in private practice.

With this comprehensive background, the program promotes completion of the board certification process by the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.

Program Stipend and Tuition

PGY I stipend is $67,309.44. PGY II stipend is $71,202.02. PGY III stipend is $75,872.87. Salary is based upon completion of general practice residency program. There are 4 weeks of paid vacation, as well as holidays. Residents receive a stipend to attend the annual AAPD national session. Additional CIR Union stipend is also available.


  • St. Barnabas Hospital 
  • Rose F. Kennedy Center
  • Union Community Health Centers

Admission Requirements

Applicants must submit the following supplemental requirements to be considered for admission:

  • Curriculum Vitae (submit to PASS)
  • Undergraduate College Transcripts (submit to PASS)
  • 2x2 Photograph- email 2x2 photograph to

*Please refer to St. Barnabas Pediatric Dental Program's profile on the ADEA/PASS program engine for complete application information.

*ADAT not required. Scores may be sent to program if taken.

Program Strengths

  • Diverse patient population including many medically, physically, and emotionally compromised patients 
  • Extensive training and experience in all behavior management modalities, pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic 
  • Didactic and clinical training in orthodontics 
  • Modern, well-equipped clinic facilities including isolites, fiber-optic handpieces, computerized patient records, digital radiography and a laser unit, chairside auxiliary is available for each resident
  • Attendings from all dental specialties represented and devoted to clinical and didactic teaching
  • Preparation for careers in private practice and education
  • Strong interaction with other medical and surgical services in hospital

Program Faculty

Dr. Christopher J. Lane, D.D.S., Chair, Dental Department, Diplomate, American Board of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

Pediatric Dentistry:
Rebekah Tannen, D.D.S., Section Chief, Pediatric Dental Residency* 
Paul K. Chu, D.D.S., Program Director, Pediatric Dental Residency * 
Ivan Vazquez, D.D.S.
Yael Feldman, D.M.D.*
Korlei Mensah, D.M.D.*  
Angie Papandrikos, D.D.S.*
Leyla Nakisbendi, D.M.D. *
Caitlin Donovan, D.D.S.Stephanie Gomez, D.M.D.Sylvia Fam, D.M.D.


School Profile


Program Type:



Program Director:


Board Certified

Program Faculty:

5 Full-Time

17 Part-Time

8 Board Certified

Program Length:

24 Total Months

July 1 Start Date

Program Accreditation:



State Licensure:


Restricted License Available

Number of Entering Positions:


Tuition In-State:



Tuition Out-Of-State:





PGY1  $67,309.44 PGY2  $71,202.02 PGY3  $75,872.87




October 1 Deadline

Participant in National
Matching Service:



Participant in PASS:



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:



Clinic Experience:



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:



Literature Review


Case Conferences

Research Requirement:


Data Collection Project

Teaching Experience:


Yes Clinic Half-Days

Yes Lecture/Presentations



25 Chair/Operatories

6 Clinic Receptionist

26 Dental Assistants

3 Dental Hygienists