Graduate Program in Pediatric Dentistry 
Department of Paediatric Dentistry , Faculty of Dentistry
University of Toronto
124 Edward Street
Toronto, Ontario, Ontario M5G 1G6
Phone: (416) 864-8152
Fax: (416) 979-4753

Program Length and Number of Positions

This is a three-year program beginning early July of each year. Up to three (3) new positions are offered each year.

Program Type

Combined university- and hospital-based graduate program leading to a Master of Science in Pediatric Dentistry. A combined PhD/specialty degree in Pediatric Dentistry is also offered. 


The application deadline is September 1 of the year preceding matriculation. Information regarding application and admission procedures are available at here

Or in writing: Admissions, Faculty of Dentistry, University of Toronto, 124 Edward Street, Toronto, Ontario, M5G, 1G6 Canada.


The curriculum in this 36-month continuous program is balanced in both didactic and clinical areas encompassing all aspects of the specialty of pediatric dentistry. The clinical program is divided between the departments of Pediatric Dentistry at the Faculty of Dentistry and at the Hospital for Sick Children. The majority of the didactic program will be given at the Faculty of Dentistry. Some of the clinical instruction will involve rotations to other hospital and public health community clinics, and when available, outreach to First Nations communities in northern Ontario. Excellent research opportunities exist both at the faculty and hospital. 

The Faculty of Dentistry, University of Toronto is the oldest fully accredited specialty program in Pediatric Dentistry in Canada. This is a 36 month program leading to a Master of Science Degree with advanced clinical training in all aspects of Pediatric Dentistry. There is a PhD option available. The didactic program will be centered at the Faculty of Dentistry, while the clinical program will be divided between the Faculty of Dentistry and The Hospital for Sick Children with rotations to the Bloorview Kids Rehab and Mt. Sinai Hospital. The program will also involve rotations to public health community dental clinics and to Northern Ontario. Students will manage emergency cases, cases under general anaesthesia, will provide hospital and faculty consultations, cases under conscious sedation, pediatric pathology, pediatric oral and maxillofacial surgery, fixed and removable orthodontics and complex restorative cases. In addition, students will be given some undergraduate teaching responsibilities. Students are required to complete a Master’s research project during the program. As this program develops, the curriculum may be changed to meet the needs of students. The combination of clinical, teaching and research experience in our program will prepare graduates for careers in private practice, hospital, community and academic settings. The MSc/ PhD degree and diploma are awarded concurrently. With successful completion of the Program, students will be prepared for the National Dental Specialty Examination in Pediatric Dentistry, Royal College of Dentists of Canada Fellowship examinations and the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry examinations.


The student must complete all required clinical and didactic courses within the three-year period. A research project must be undertaken which will be defended as a Master of Science thesis, in accordance with the standards set by the School of Graduate Studies at the University of Toronto. Most didactic courses are given or directed by members of the Department of Pediatric Dentistry. Core courses are multidisciplinary, such as statistics, and are given to all specialty students at the Faculty of Dentistry. In the second and third year a significant amount of time is allocated for research. The academic course work includes the following topics: child development, management of pediatric oral disease, behavior guidance (non-pharmacological and pharmacological), craniofacial growth and development, orthodontics, traumatic injuries, pediatric medicine, biomaterials, oral pathology, speech/language pathology, biostatistics and research design. Learning will be done in small group seminars and case conferences.

Program Stipend and Tuition

Residents are eligible for student loans, grants, scholarships and bursaries. Residents will be paid a per diem for teaching activities. Tuition is $34,532 (Canadian funds).


  • Department of Pediatric Dentistry, Faculty of Dentistry, University of Toronto
  • Hospital for Sick Children
  • Holland Bloorview Kids Rehab Centre 
  • Mount Sinai Hospital 
  • City of Toronto Public Dental Clinics

Admission Requirements

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

  • D.D.S., D.M.D. or equivalent (may be in final year of undergraduate program) 
  • Online Application form 
  • Official transcripts showing grades 
  • Statement of interest including background interest, aptitude and ability for pediatric dentistry
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • A Curriculum Vitae or Resume
  • and payment of a non-refundable application service fee; if English is not primary language, English language proficiency.

Program Strengths

  • Innovative comprehensive program with extensive didactic instruction and clinical exposure to all areas of pediatric dentistry, including dentistry for children and adults with special health care needs, and orthodontics 
  • Pediatric Dentistry is part of a full complement of specialties offered at UT including Orthodontics, Endodontics, Periodontics, Prosthodontics, Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Dental Public Health and Oral Medicine/Oral Pathology. Graduate students will have unique opportunities to provide interdisciplinary care for their patients.
  • Excellent clinical program provided at the Hospital for Sick Children, Faculty Clinic and community-based Public Health Clinics where students will be exposed to a variety of clinical conditions and are expected to become proficient in those areas
  • Very strong collaborative research program, either clinical or basic science, leading to a Master of Science or Ph.D. 
  • World class graduate education/research oriented dental faculty with M.Sc. requirement
  • This three year degree program is committed to educating future academics, researchers and clinicians in pediatric dentistry.

Program Faculty

*Edward Barrett, D.D.S., M.Sc., F.R.C.D.(C), Associate, Pediatric Dentistry 
*Doreh Behzadpoor D.D.S., M.Sc., F.R.C.D.(C), Associate, Pediatric Dentistry
*Michael J. Casas, D.D.S., M.Sc., F.R.C.D.(C), Associate Professor, Chief of Dentistry, Hospital for Sick Children, Co-Director of Program, Pediatric Dentistry
Mohammed Nashat Cassim , D.D.S. M.Sc. Assistant Professor, Pediatric Dentistry
*Divya Chandra, D.D.S. M.Sc. F.R.C.D.(C), Associate, Pediatric Dentistry
*Sean Chung, D.D.S., M.Sc., Associate, Orthodontics
*Sonia Chung, D.D.S. M.Sc. F.R.C.D.(C), Associate, Pediatric Dentistry
Peter Copp, D.D.S., Dip. Anesthesia, Pediatric Dentistry
*Fehmida Dosani DDS, MSD, FRCD(C) Assistant Professor, Pediatric Dentistry
*Gabriella Garisto D.D.S. M.Sc.(Ped Dent) M.Sc.(Dental Anesthesia) F.R.C.D.(C), Associate, Pediatric Dentistry
*Justin Garbedian BSc, DDS, MSc, FRCD(C) Associate, Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Hospital for Sick Children
*Jane Gillanders D.D.S. M.Sc. F.R.C.D.(C), Associate, Pediatric Dentistry
*Katherine Ing D.D.S. M.Sc. F.R.C.D.(C), Associate, Pediatric Dentistry
*Gajanan Kulkarni, B.D.S., L.L.B., M.Sc., Dip. Pedo., Ph.D., F.R.C.D. (C), Associate Professor, Pediatric Dentistry
Roxanna MacMillan, BSc., D.D.S., MSc Assistant Professor, Pediatric Dentistry
*Bobak Mehdi D.D.S. M.Sc. F.R.C.D.(C), Associate, Pediatric Dentistry
*Hashim Nainar, B.D.S., M.D.Sc., Dip Pedo., F.R.C.D.(C), Associate Professor, Pediatric Dentistry 
*Trang Nguyen D.D.S. M.Sc. F.R.C.D.(C), Associate, Pediatric Dentistry
*Jill Oxner, D.D.S. M.Sc. F.R.C.D.(C), Assistant Professor, Co-Director of Program, Pediatric Dentistry
*Michael Park, D.D.S., M.Sc, F.R.D.C.(C), Pediatric Dentistry
*Aisha Romain, D.D.S. M.Sc. F.R.C.D.(C), Associate, Pediatric Dentistry
Pavel Sectakof, D.D.S., M.Sc., Dip. Ortho., Assistant Professor, Orthodontics
*Kyle Shaw BSc. DDS Cert. Ped Dent, FRCD(C), Associate, Pediatric Dentistry
*Karen Stallaert D.D.S. M.Sc. F.R.C.D.(C), Associate, Pediatric Dentistry
*Ihab Suwwan D.D.S., M.Sc., F.R.C.D.(C), Pediatric Dentistry 
*Michael Weinstein, M.D., F.A.A.P., F.R.C.P., Assistant Professor, Pediatrics
John Wiles, D.D.S., Cert. Ped. Dent., Associate, Pediatric Dentistry 
*Bridget Wu, BSc, DDS FRCD(C) Associate, Pediatric Dentistry
*Lawrence Yanover, DDS PhD, Diplomate, ABPD Associate, Pediatric Dentistry
*Kathy Zettle, DDS Dip. Ped Dent, FRCDC Associate, Pediatric Dentistry 

School Profile


Program Type: Combined
Program Director: Full-Time
Program Faculty: 2 Full-Time
29 Part-Time
26 Board-Certified
Program Length: 36 Total Months
July 1 start date
Program Accreditation: Approved
State Licensure: Restricted License Available
Number of Entering Positions: 3
Tuition In-State: 34,532 First Year
34,532 Second Year
34,532 Third Year
Tuition Out-Of-State:  
Application: 285 Fee
September 1 Deadline
Participant in National
Matching Service:
Participant in PASS: No
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: 4:25
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
Teaching Experience: 30 Clinic Half-Days
Yes Lecture/Presentations
Facilities: 14 Chair/Operatories
3 Clinic Receptionists
12 Dental Assistants
2 Dental Hygienists