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. Five new positions are offered each year.

Program Type

Combined University and hospital-based certificate program with a Master of Public Health (MPH) through San Jose State University or a Master of Science in Oral & Craniofacial Sciences through UCSF. A PHD in Oral & Craniofacial Sciences through UCSF is also available.


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 the UCSF Health Sciences Center and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals provide broad-based experience and training needed to prepare for a career in academia, community public health service, or private practice. 

A well-balanced didactic curriculum consisting of core curriculum classes and seminars on a wide variety of topics is taught throughout the program. Knowledge is continually enhanced by specialized guest speakers, resident literature reviews, and case presentations. This didactic training is complemented by in-depth clinical opportunities in the outpatient clinics, operating rooms, and clinical rotations. The goal of the program is to develop a well-rounded clinician with strong critical thinking skills able to provide compassionate and comprehensive care to all pediatric patients. 

Upon successful completion of all the components of the program, the student is awarded a certificate of specialty training in Pediatric Dentistry, together with a Master of Public Health or M.S. in Oral and Craniofacial Sciences. The student also meets the advanced eligibility requirements of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. The 3rd-year residents are required to participate in the ABPD Qualifying Exam prior to graduation from the program. 


Instruction in all areas of pediatric dentistry is provided through lectures, seminars, and clinical experience in diverse clinical settings including specialty inpatient and outpatient clinics and hospital operating rooms. Emphasis is placed on pediatric dentistry's relationship to all other areas of dentistry and medicine, including for the medically complex and special health care needs patients. All students will complete a core curriculum with biostatistics, biomaterials, developmental biology, oral pathology, pharmacology, genetics, and medical ethics. With the addition of the MPH program, residents will be exposed to different dental public health topics that impact providing oral care to the most vulnerable population. This diverse curriculum develops students' ability to apply evidence-based principles to clinical decision-making.

The program's clinical component provides a well-balanced experience in treating healthy children, children with special health care needs, vast exposure to traumatic injuries, and children with acute medical conditions. Exposure to different pharmacological and non-pharmacological behavior guidance techniques is an integral part of the student's training. 

Students receive well-rounded and in-depth clinical training to prepare them for multiple scenarios by enhancing their ability to respond to and manage clinical situations that they will encounter in practice. 

Clinical rotations include anesthesia, pediatric medicine, and oral medicine. The presence of the divisions of Orthodontics and Craniofacial Anomalies within the department leads to strong ties and education in these areas. Students are exposed to interceptive orthodontics at the beginning of the program. Students also serve as teaching assistants in the pre-doctoral pediatric dental clinic during their second year of training. 

Students must complete a research project under a faculty member's supervision or a clinical research project that will result in a manuscript ready for submission to a peer-reviewed journal.

Program Stipend and Tuition

The first-year stipend is $58,950. 

The second-year stipend is $60,904. 

The third-year stipend is $63,297.

 MS Tuition is $20, 000per year for in-state, and $38,761 for out-of-state for 3 years. 

MPH Tuition is $12,000 per year for 2 years. 

A miscellaneous fee of $5000.00 per year is charged, in addition to tuition. 


  • UCSF Graduate Pediatric Dentistry Clinic
  • UCSF Benioff's Children's Hospital at Mission Bay
  • UCSF Benioff's Children's Hospital at Oakland
  • Tenderloin Elementary Community School
  • La Clinica DeLa Raza/CHO Dental Center

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 the divisions in the Department of Orofacial Sciences and other departments within the schools of dentistry and medicine.
  • Full range of learning opportunities, including a strong hospital component found at the UCSF Benioff's Children’s Hospital and Oakland Children's Hospital.
  • Academically-based environment and resources available within the UCSF Parnassus Campus

Program Faculty

Ray Stewart, D.M.D., M.S., Division Chair, Clinical Professor, Pediatric Dentistry (full-time)*
Thomas Tanbonliong, DDS, Program Director, Associate Professor, Pediatric Dentistry (full-time)*
Thuan Q Le, D.D.S, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Pediatric Dentistry (full-time)*
Brent P. Lin, D.M.D., Clinical Professor, Pediatric Dentistry (full-time)
Ling Zhan, D.D.S., Ph.D., Associate Professor, Pediatric Dentistry (full-time)*
Jean Calvo, DDS, MPH Assistant Clinical Professor, Pediatric Dentistry (full-time)
Lerida Lupumano-Picazo, DMD, Associate Clinical Professor, Pediatric Dentistry (full-time)*
Mahmoud Ashrafi, D.M.D, M.S., Clinical Professor, Pediatric Dentistry (part-time)* 
Raymond L. Braham, B.D.S., L.D.S.R.C.S., M.Sc.D., Clinical Professor Emeritus, 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)*
Ignatius Gerodias, D.D.S., Assistant Clinical Professor, Pediatric Dentistry (part-time)*
Juei Kao, D.M.D., Assistant Clinical Professor, Pediatric Dentistry (part-time)*
Neil Katsura, D.D.S., Associate Clinical Professor, Pediatric Dentistry (part-time)*
Hengshing Lin, B.D.S., M.S.D., Assistant Clinical Professor, Pediatric Dentistry/Orthodontics (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)*

*Board Certified 

School Profile


Program Type: Combined
Program Director: Full-Time
Program Faculty: 7 Full-Time
9 Part-Time
13 Board Certified
Program Length: July 1 Start Date
Program Accreditation: Approved
State Licensure: Not required
Number of Entering Positions: 5
Tuition In-State: MS Tuition is $20, 000 per year. MPH Tuition is $12,000 per year for 2 years. A miscellaneous fee of $5000.00 per year is charged, in addition to tuition. 

Tuition Out-Of-State: MS Tuition $38,761 for out-of-state for 3 years. MPH Tuition is $12,000 per year for 2 years. A miscellaneous fee of $5000.00 per year is charged, in addition to tuition. 

Salary/Stipend: 58,950 First Year
60,904 Second Year
63,297 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
Teaching Experience: Pre-Doctoral Clinic (by rotation only)
Facilities: 13 Chair/Operatories
3 Clinic Receptionist
8 Dental Assistants
0 Dental Hygienists