UCSF Postgraduate Program in Pediatric Dentistry 
707 Parnassus Ave.
San Francisco, California 94143-0640
Phone: (415) 476-2737
Web: http://dentistry.ucsf.edu/admissions/admiss_program3-pedio.html

Program Length and Number of Positions

This is a 36-month program beginning July 1 of each year. Four new positions are offered each year.

Program Type

Combined university- and hospital-based certificate program with option for a Master of Science or Doctor of Philosopy in Oral Biology


The application deadline is September 15 of the year preceding matriculation. Correspondence regarding application and admissions procedures should be addressed to: 

Office of Admissions
University of California San Francisco
School of Dentistry
513 Parnassus Ave., S-619
San Francisco, CA 94143-0430


The outstanding academic and clinical resources of UCSF Health Sciences and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals provide the experience and training you need whether your goal is in academia, community public health, or private practice.

In addition to the first-class academic and clinic opportunities afforded at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital San Francisco, our affiliation with UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland provides a wealth of experience in treating pediatric dental trauma in the emergency department as well as children with other sub-medical specialties.


Instruction in all areas of pediatric dentistry is provided through lectures, seminars and clinical experience in clinic and hospital operating rooms. A special emphasis is placed on the basic sciences and the relationship of pediatric dentistry to all other areas of dentistry and medicine. All postgraduate professional students will complete a core curriculum, which includes courses in: biostatistics, biomaterials, developmental biology, oral pathology, behavioral sciences, pharmacology, genetics and medical ethics. 

Clinical rotations include: anesthesia, emergency, orthodontics and pediatrics. The presence of the divisions of Orthodontics and Craniofacial Anomalies within the department leads to strong ties and education in these areas. Student teaching is an integral part of the clinical program. 

Students are required to complete either a research project under the supervision of a faculty member or a properly documented clinical research project resulting in a manuscript ready for submission to a refereed journal.

Program Stipend and Tuition

First-year stipend is $45,659. Second-year stipend is $47,211. Third-year stipend is $49,095. First-year tuition is $19,591 in-state and $34,627 out-of-state. Second-year tuition is $18,842 in-state and $33,878 out-of-state. Third-year tuition is $18,752 in-state and $33,350 out-of-state.


  • UCSF Graduate Pediatric Dentistry Clinic
  • UCSF Ambulatory Surgery Center 
  • UCSF Children’s Hospital
  • Children's Hospital at Oakland

Admission Requirements

  • D.D.S., D.M.D. or equivalent 
  • Official dental and preprofessional education transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation 
  • Official National Board Dental Examination results, Part 1 and Part 2 
  • Biographical statement 
  • Curriculum vitae
  • TOEFL scores for applicants whose first language is not English (foreign graduates are admitted under very limited circumstances) 
  • Participation with PASS
  • UCSF supplemental application
  • Application fee ($60)

Program Strengths

  • Taught by faculty in all three divisions in the Department of Growth and Development and in other departments within the schools of dentistry and medicine 
  • Full range of learning opportunities, including a hospital environment found at the UCSF Children’s Hospital and Oakland Children's Hospital 
  • Academically-based environment and resources available at the UCSF Parnassus Campus

Program Faculty

Ray Stewart, D.M.D., M.S., Division Chair, Clinical Professor, Pediatric Dentistry*
Thomas Tanbonliong, DDS, Program Director, Associate Professor, Pediatric Dentistry*
Pamela K. Den Besten, D.D.S., M.S., Professor*
Mahmoud Ashrafi, D.M.D, M.S., Clinical Professor, Pediatric Dentistry (part-time)* 
Martin S. Bogetz, M.D., Clinical Professor, Anesthesia /Stomatology/Growth and Development, Medical Director, UCSF Surgery Center (part-time)
Raymond L. Braham, B.D.S., L.D.S.R.C.S., M.Sc.D., Clinical Professor Emeritus, Pediatric Dentistry (part-time)
James Chen, D.D.S., M.S., Ph.D., Assistant Clinical Professor, Orthodontics (part-time)
Ignatius Gerodias, D.D.S., Assistant Clinical Professor, Pediatric Dentistry*
Juei Kao, D.M.D., Assistant Clinical Professor, Pediatric Dentistry (part-time)*
Neil Katsura, D.D.S., Associate Clinical Professor, Pediatric Dentistry (part-time)*
Thuan Q Le, D.D.S, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Pediatric Dentistry*
Thomas Lenhart, D.D.S., Assistant Clinical Professor, Dental Anesthesiologist, Pediatric Dentistry (part-time)
Brent P. Lin, D.M.D., Clinical Professor, Pediatric Dentistry*
Hengshing Lin, B.D.S., M.S.D., Assistant Clinical Professor, Pediatric Dentistry (part-time)
Weyland Lum, D.D.S., Clinical Professor, Pediatric Dentistry (part-time)* 
Dorothy T. Pang, B.D.S., L.D.S.R.C.S., D.D.S., M.S., Clinical Professor, Pediatric Dentistry (part-time)*
Carolyn Coppe Peacock, D.D.S., M.S., Assistant Clinical Professor, Pediatric Dentistry (part-time)
Edward A. Rothman, D.D.S., Associate Clinical Professor, Pediatric Dentistry, Director of Dentistry, Children's Hospital Medical Center (part-time)* 
Shawn Taheri, D.D.S., M.S., Assistant Clinical Professor, Pediatric Dentistry (part-time)
Ye Ming Wu, D.D.S., M.S., Associate Clinical Professor, Pediatric Dentistry (part-time)*
Ling Zhan, D.D.S., Ph.D., Associate Professor, Pediatric Dentistry*
Jean Calvo, DDS, MPH Assistant Clinical Professor, Pediatric Dentistry



School Profile


Program Type: Combined
Program Director: Full-Time
Board Certified
Program Faculty: 4 Full-Time
11 Part-Time
7 Board Certified
Program Length: July 1 Start Date
Program Accreditation: Approved
State Licensure: Not required
Number of Entering Positions: 4
Tuition In-State: 19,591 First Year
18,842 Second Year
18,752 Third Year
Tuition Out-Of-State: 34,627 First Year
33,878 Second Year
33,350 Third Year
Salary/Stipend: 45,659 First Year
47,211 Second Year
49,095 Third Year
Application: $60 domestic, $80 international
Sept 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: 1:16
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: Thesis
Data Collection Project
Case Report
Teaching Experience: Yes Clinic Half-Days
Yes Lecture/Presentations
Facilities: 9 Chair/Operatories
2 Clinic Receptionist
4.5 Dental Assistants
0 Dental Hygienists