Postdoctoral Program in Pediatric Dentistry 
The Dental School of the University of Texas
Health Science Center-San Antonio
MC 7888
San Antonio, Texas 78229
Phone: (210) 567-3529
Fax: (210) 567-3526

Program Length and Number of Positions

Certificate Program: This is a 24-month program beginning July 1 of each year. Seven new positions are available each year.

MPH Program: Simultaneous enrollment in the certificate program and a Master in Public Health degree program is available. In addition to the requirements for the certificate program, an original research project, thesis and course work are required. The Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry is awarded upon successful completion of the degree program. 

Program Type

University/health science-based hospital-affiliated certificate program.


The application deadline is September 16 of the year preceding matriculation. Correspondence regarding application and admission procedures should be addressed to:

University of Texas Health Science Center-San Antonio, Department of Developmental Dentistry MC 7888, San Antonio, Texas 78229


The Program in Pediatric Dentistry offers the advanced student a balanced curriculum in both didactic and clinical areas. Particular emphasis is placed on hospital dentistry, conscious sedation, interceptive orthodontics and special patient care. The program is administered by the Department of Pediatric Dentistry and is approved and accredited by the ADA Council of Dental Education. Upon successful completion of all requirements, the student is awarded a Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry and meets the advanced education eligibility requirements of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.


This program offers a balanced curriculum of clinical and didactic material with the overall goal being to provide a broad base of knowledge in the specialty of pediatric dentistry. Considerable program time is devoted to clinical experience in routine restorative dentistry, behavior management, interceptive orthodontics and dental treatment of the medically compromised. Hospital rotations of general anesthesia, pediatric emergency room and pediatric medicine are also part of the curriculum.
Significant time is spent covering didactic material related to pediatric dentistry. In addition, a research project and teaching responsibilities are required components of the program.

Program Stipend and Tuition

First-year stipend is $26,000. Second-year stipend is $26,000. Tuition is $3,000.


  • University of Texas Health Science Center Dental School-San Antonio
  • Children’s Hospital of San Antonio
  • Laredo Health Department
  • Laredo Medical Center Hospital
  • Ricardo Salinas Metropolitan Health Pediatric Dentistry

Admission Requirements

Applicants must fulfill the following requirements:

  • D.D.S., D.M.D., or non-US equivalent
  • Dental education transcripts
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Personal interview
  • Graduates of dental schools which have not been accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation must have successfully completed the National Boards prior to application.
  • TOEFL for applicants whose first language is not English

Program Strengths

  • Strong didactic and clinical foundation in pediatric dentistry with emphasis on pediatric medicine, hospital dentistry, interceptive orthodontics and conscious sedation
  • Outstanding opportunities for advanced research training
  • 7 full-time and 8 part-time faculty
  • Large, varied patient population for teaching purposes

Program Faculty

Kevin J. Donly, D.D.S., M.S., Professor and Chair*
Maria Jose Cervantes Mendez, D.D.S., M.S., Clinical Assistant Professor and Postdoctoral Program Director*
Claudia Isabel Contreras, D.D.S., Clinical Assistant Professor
Minerva Garcia, D.D.S., Assistant Professor, Laredo Training Site Director*
Jeffrey Mabry, D.D.S., M.S., Clinical Associate Professor*
Issa Sasa, D.D.S., M.S., Clinical Associate Professor and Predoctoral Program Director*
Zheng Xu, D.D.S., Ph.D., Clinical Assistant Professor*
Alfred Burns, D.D.S., Clinical Assistant Professor*
Joseph Castellano, D.D.S., Clinical Assistant Professor*
Yunhan Ding, D.D.S., Clinical Assistant Professor
Hank Hammer, D.D.S., Clinical Associate Professor, Orthodontics+
Elva Jordan, D.D.S., Clinical Assistant Professor*
Royanna Lin, D.D.S., Clinical Assistant Professor*
Eduardo Perez, D.D.S., Clinical Assistant Professor
Elisa Perez, D.D.S., Clinical Assistant Professor
Norman Speer, D.D.S., Clinical Assistant Professor+
Cynthia Banker, D.D.S., Adjunct Assistant Professor
Kristopher Bennion, D.D.S., Adjunct Assistant Professor*
Carlen Blume, D.D.S., Adjunct Assistant Professor*
William Coppola, D.D.S., Adjunct Assistant Professor*
Timothy Henson, D.M.D., Adjunct Associate Professor*
Lisa Jacob, D.D.S., Adjunct Assistant Professor*
Paul Kennedy, D.D.S., Adjunct Assistant Professor*
Brett Mueller, D.D.D., Adjunct Assistant Professor*
Robert Offutt, D.D.S., Adjunct Assistant Professor
Cesar Rotter, D.D.S., Adjunct Assistant Professor
Kelly Sawyer, D.D.S., Adjunct Assistant Professor*
William Taylor, D.D.S., Adjunct Assistant Professor
Board Certified, Pediatric Dentistry*
Board Certified, Orthodontics+

School Profile


Program Type: Combined
Program Director: Full-Time
Board Certified
Program Faculty: 7 Full-Time
8 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: 7
Tuition In-State:  
Tuition Out-Of-State: 3,000 First Year
3,000 Second Year
Salary/Stipend: 26,000 First Year
26,000 Second Year
Application: 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: 1:20
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: Data Collection Project
Teaching Experience: 2/month Clinic Half-Days
Several Lecture/Presentations
Facilities: 22 Chair/Operatories
3 Clinic Receptionist
14 Dental Assistants
0 Dental Hygienists