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 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 the UCSF Health Sciences Center and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals provide the 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 resident seminars on different topics are taught throughout the program. 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 an M.S. in Oral and Craniofacial Sciences and meets the advanced eligibility requirements of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. It is expected that 3rd-year residents 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 clinics and hospital operating rooms. A special emphasis is placed on the relationship of pediatric dentistry to all other areas of dentistry and medicine. All postgraduate professional students will complete a core curriculum, with courses in biostatistics, biomaterials, developmental biology, oral pathology, pharmacology, genetics, and medical ethics. 

Clinical rotations include anesthesia and pediatric medicine. The presence of the divisions of Orthodontics and Craniofacial Anomalies within the department leads to strong ties and education in these areas. Pre-doctoral teaching is an integral part of the clinical program. 

Students are required to complete 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 peer-reviewed journal.


Program Stipend and Tuition

First-year stipend is $58,950. Second-year stipend is $60,904. Third-year stipend is $63,297.

Tuition is $22,394 per year for in-state, and $38,761 for out-of-state. 

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: 22,394 per year

Tuition Out-Of-State: 38,761 per year

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
6 Dental Assistants
0 Dental Hygienists