Pediatric Dentistry Residency Program 
Division of Pediatric Dentistry
Eastman Department of Dentistry
625 Elmwood Avenue
Rochester, New York 14620
Phone: (585) 276-3145
Fax: (585) 442-7504
Program Contact: Jackie Musso,

Program Length and Number of Positions

This is a 24-month program beginning late June of each year. Six new positions are offered each year.

Program Type

University-based, hospital-affiliated certificate program


The application deadline is September 15th of the year preceding matriculation. Correspondence regarding application and admission procedures should be addressed to: Dr. Cynthia L. Wong, Residency Program Director, Division of Pediatric Dentistry, University of Rochester Medical Center, 625 Elmwood Avenue, Rochester, NY 14620;


The residency program in pediatric dentistry offers training in all aspects of the specialty. The American Dental Association’s Commission on Dental Accreditation has approved the program without reporting requirements. Outpatient treatment occurs primarily at the Eastman Dental Center. Residents also provide care at a number of different community outreach clinics under the direct supervision of attending pediatric dentists. Children with special health care needs are also treated at the Eastman Dental Center. For patients that require general anesthesia, treatment is performed in the Pediatric Surgical Suite at Golisano Children’s Hospital and the URMC Ambulatory Surgical Center at Sawgrass Surgical Center. Upon completion of the program, residents receive a Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry and meet the advanced education eligibility requirements of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry examination.


All residents attend regularly scheduled lecture series presented by leading practitioners and researchers on basic and applied topics such as oral disease prevention, epidemiology, and cariology along with scientific foundations and evidenced-based practice in clinical pediatric dentistry, growth and development, and pediatric medicine. The Pediatric Dentistry residency program also includes courses in: behavior management, pediatric pharmacology and sedation, interceptive orthodontics, oral medicine, oral surgery, pathology, periodontology, pulp therapy, head and neck traumatic injuries, dental care for patients with medical complexities, and pediatric physical diagnosis. Intensive clinical rotations in the Departments of Anesthesiology, Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine are provided for all residents. All residents must prepare and present a research project with application to pediatric dentistry to achieve certification. Those interested in graduate studies may expand these projects and combine them with course work at the University of Rochester leading to an advanced academic degree after one or more additional years of study.

Program Stipend and Tuition

No tuition is charged. Technology fee of $1800 per year. Stipend $63,870 for year 1; $66,259 for year 2. Benefits can be viewed here


Eastman Dental Center
Golisano Children’s Hospital at Strong Memorial Hospital
URMC Ambulatory Surgical Center at Sawgrass Surgical Center
Community Dentistry Outreach Sites in the City of Rochester

Admission Requirements

  • D.D.S., D.M.D. or non-U.S. equivalent 
  • ADEA PASS application
  • Personal interview 
  • Meet the educational requirements for New York dental license

Program Strengths

  • Diverse patient population with significant dental and interceptive orthodontic needs
  • Training in managing pediatric patients with special health care needs
  • Advanced training in orthodontic diagnosis and care
  • Abundant educational resources
  • Strong, diverse and dynamic faculty support
  • Flexibility to suit individual interests and goals
  • Philosophy of interdisciplinary care between pediatric dentists and other pediatric health care professionals

Program Faculty

Maria Aslani-Breit, D.D.S. – Clinical Assistant Professor, Pediatric Dentistry*Lisa M. DeLucia, D.D.S. – Assistant Professor, Pediatric Dentistry*Erinn Enany, DMD – Clinical Assistant Professor, Pediatric DentistryAlison M. Harding, D.D.S., M.S. - Clinical Assistant Professor, Pediatric Dentistry*Chia Taw Huang, D.D.S., M.S. – Clinical Associate Professor, Community DentistryMartha Ann Keels, D.D.S., Ph.D – Adjunct Professor, Pediatric Dentistry*Cheryl A. Kelley, D.M.D.- Clinical Assistant Professor, Pediatric DentistryDoron Kochman, D.D.S.- Clinical Assistant Professor, Pediatric Dentistry*David Levy, D.M.D., M.S. – Associate Professor, Pediatric Dentistry*Oriana Ly-Mapes, DMD FRCD (c)** – Assistant Professor of Clinical Dentistry, Pediatric Dentistry^Sean W. McLaren, D.D.S. – Medical Director, Associate Professor, Pediatric Dentistry and Pediatrics*Peter Milgrom, D.D.S. ‐ Adjunct Professor, Pediatric DentistryMitra Heidari Mohammad Abadi, D.M.D – Assistant Professor of Pediatric Dentistry*Isamar Rivera Ramos, D.M.D., Ph.D – Assistant Professor – Pediatric Dentistry and Oral Biology, Clinical Site Director for School 17 Community Dentistry Clinic *Gerald Rosen, D.D.S. – Clinical Associate Professor, Pediatric Dentistry*Ritu Shah, D.M.D., MS- Clinical Assistant Professor, Pediatric Dentistry*Erin T. Shope, D.M.D., M.S. –Associate Professor of Clinical Dentistry and Surgery (joint), Director of Interdisciplinary Care*Christopher V. Soares, D.M.D. Clinical Assistant ProfessorCynthia L. Wong, D.M.D., M.S. FRCD (c)** – Assistant Professor, Pediatric Dentistry and Pediatrics, Chair & Program Director *Virginia Yanez Fontenla, D.D.S.- Assistant Professor of Clinical Dentistry*Board-Certified**Fellow of the Dentist of Canada

School Profile


Program Type: Certificate
Program Director: Full-Time
Program Faculty: 5 Full-Time
7 Part-Time
10 Board Certified
Program Length: 24 Total Months
June 17 Start Date
Program Accreditation: Approved
State Licensure: Restricted License Available
Number of Entering Positions: 6
Tuition In-State:  
Tuition Out-Of-State:  
Salary/Stipend: 63,870 First Year
66,259 Second Year
Application: September 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: 1:20
Clinic Experience: Orthodontics
Conscious Sedation
Hospital Rotations
General Anesthesia
Emergency Call
Operating Room
Oral Surgery
Infant Oral Health
Craniofacial Disorders
Physically Disabled
Community Clinics
Public Health
Special Health Care Needs
Behavior Guidance
Medically Complex Patients
Didactic Experience: Seminars
Literature Review
Case Conferences
Research Requirement: Data Collection Project
Teaching Experience: Yes Lecture/Presentations
Facilities: 17 Chair/Operatories
2 Clinic Receptionist
12 Dental Assistants
1 Dental Hygienists