Pediatric Dentistry Residency Program 
University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia 
240 S. 40th Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104
Phone: 215-598-6555
Fax: 215-573-8358
Contact: Alina O'Brien, Program Director

Program Length and Number of Positions

This is a 24-month program beginning July 1 of each year. Four new positions are offered each year.

Program Type

Combined university- and hospital-based certificate program.


The application deadline is October 1 for the program and September 16 for PASS of the year preceding matriculation. Correspondence requesting application and admissions should be addressed to:

Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS) 1400 K Street, NW Suite 1100B Washington, D.C., 20005-2403

This program participates with PASS and the MATCH.


This Pediatric Dentistry Residency Program is offered jointly by the University of Pennsylvania Dental Medicine and The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). The residency program is 24 months in length and is strongly clinical in orientation. The clinical portion of the program is conducted at CHOP and the University of Pennsylvania Dental Medicine. CHOP is a 512-bed tertiary care teaching and research hospital with and extremely large patient population. The hospital and its medical staff have been widely recognized as extraordinary and one of the finest in the United States. 

The primary philosophy of care in the program is the care of the whole child. Residents will receive extensive clinical and didactic training in pediatric dentistry, including: comprehensive care of both healthy and special needs children and adolescents, restorative dentistry, pulp therapy, periodontal therapy, pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic behavior management techniques, space maintenance, orthodontic therapy, growth and development, treatment of patients under sedation, treatment of patients in the operating room under general anesthesia, and management of traumatic injuries and emergency care. Hospital rotations include anesthesia, pediatric medicine, emergency room, craniofacial/cleft lip and palate clinic, sedation and hematology/oncology clinics, OMFS, spina bifida, community outreach (HHI), and practice management. These rotations will help residents gain a deeper understanding of medical conditions as they work closely with medical colleagues and other members of the health care team. 

Residents will have time designated for research and involvement in community activity. They will have teaching experiences at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine Pediatric Dentistry Clinic. A research project or report is required of each resident. The program encourages development of critical thinking and inquiry. 

Clinical and didactic training in this residency meets the advanced education eligibility requirements of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry examination.

Doctor of Science in Dentistry (DScD) and a Master of Science in Oral Biology (MSOB) will be offered. For more information:


The didactic curriculum - including seminars, case reviews, journal club and grand rounds - complements and supports the clinical curriculum and training. Correlation between the basic medical and dental sciences and clinical care is a focus. The University of Pennsylvania’s Division of Graduate Dental Education offers many of the basic science courses, which are required for ADA accreditation. This DADE portion of the curriculum includes clinical microbiology, oral biochemistry, pharmacology, head and neck anatomy, biostatistics and clinical epidemiology, and research methodology.

Program Stipend and Tuition

There is an annual tuition of approximately $30,000 for the pediatric dentistry program; residents receive an annual stipend from Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia of approximately $41,000 and medical benefits. Benefits include: medical, dental and vision insurance, malpractice coverage and subsidized transportation funding. There is support for travel to meetings.


  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia 

Admission Requirements

Applicants must fulfill the following requirements to be considered for admission:

  • Patricipation in National Matching Services
  • D.M.D. or D.D.S. from and ADA-accredited U.S. or Canadian dental school
  • PASS application
  • U.S. citizenship at time of application
  • Eligibility for training license in the commonwealth of Pennsylvania
  • Supplemental Application sent directly to the school by October 1-See Graduate Dental Education Programs Admissions Requirements and Procedures for detailed information and instructions.

Program Strengths

  • Large patient population, including significant number of special needs children with medical, physical or emotional illnesses; large number of very young children with significant dental disease 
  • Extensive experiences in treating patients in the operating room and use of nitrous oxide and other sedation techniques
  • Large number of trauma and emergency patients 
  • Strong commitment to training in orthodontics and growth and development
  • Strong faculty, which includes two full-time pediatric dentists and a number of part-time specialists 
  • Commitment to diversity 
  • Resources, including a large highly specialized medical staff that are available for training, education and research at both the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania

Program Faculty

Evlambia Hajishengallis, Chair, Associate Professor, Pediatric Dentistry*Alina O’Brien, Program Director, Assistant Professor, Pediatric Dentistry*Maria Velasco, Associate Professor, Predoctoral Director, Pediatric Dentistry*Joshua Bresler, Clinical Assistant Professor, Pediatric Dentistry*Shurong Cao, Clinical Associate, Pediatric DentistryErica Chang, Clinical Associate, Pediatric Dentistry*Carlos Gomez, Clinical Associate, Pediatric DentistryHamid Hayat, Clinical Assistant Professor, Pediatric DentistrySatish Iyer, Clinical Associate, Pediatric DentistryConstance Killian, Adjunct Associate Professor, Pediatric Dentistry*Kristianne Vidal Macaraeg Kracke, Clinical Associate, Pediatric Dentistry*Catherine Lee, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Pediatric DentistryBret Lesavoy, Clinical Associate, Pediatric Dentistry*Rochelle G. Lindemeyer, Associate Professor, Pediatric Dentistry*George Lynch, Clinical Associate, Pediatric Dentistry*Elliot D. Maser, Clinical Associate Professor, Pediatric DentistryGreg McGann, Clinical Associate, Pediatric DentistryAsal Mirhadizadeh, Clinical Associate, Pediatric DentistryNeil Moscow, Clinical Associate Professor, Pediatric DentistryStephen Perlman, Adjunct Professor, Pediatric DentistryRosana Rosentrater, Clinical Associate, Pediatric Dentistry*Tony Saito, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Pediatric Dentistry *Deep Shah, Clinical Associate, Pediatric DentistryAbhinav Sinha, Clinical Associate, Pediatric Dentistry*Patti Werther, Clinical Assistant Professor, Pediatric DentistryLauren Yap, Clinical Instructor, Pediatric Dentistry* Board Certified


School Profile


Program Type: Combined
Program Director: Full-Time
Board Certified
Program Faculty: 2 Full-Time
19 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: 30,000 First Year
30,000 Second Year
Tuition Out-Of-State:  
Salary/Stipend: 41,000 First Year
41,000 Second Year
Application: $90 Fee
October 1 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: N/A
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
Community Clinics
Public Health
Minimal and Moderate Sedations
Special Health Care Needs
Behavior Guidance
Didactic Experience: Seminars
Literature Review
Case Conferences
Research Requirement: Thesis
Data Collection Project
Case Report
Teaching Experience: 2 Clinic Half-Days
2 Lecture/Presentations
Facilities: 10 Chair/Operatories
4 Clinic Receptionist
5 Dental Assistants
0 Dental Hygienists