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Residency in Pediatric Dental Medicine at Staten Island University Hospital

The Staten Island University Hospital Pediatric Dentistry Residency Program is hospital-based with a strong emphasis on the integration of clinical service with didactic knowledge. Extensive exposure to all aspects of pediatric dental care is available, including well children, developmentally disabled children and adults, minor and major trauma and operating room exposure.

All dental specialties are represented and residents are exposed to and actively participate in orthodontics, growth guidance, endodontics, general anesthesia, sedation techniques and oral surgery. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates are eligible for certification by the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.

The Staten Island University Hospital, Department of Dental Medicine, Pediatric Dentistry Residency is a 24-month, hospital-based, residency program leading to a certificate in Pediatric Dentistry upon completion. Three new positions are available each year. The program is accredited by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation.

Training includes both clinical and didactic components with the outcome for our graduates to meet eligibility requirements for the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry Examination and be Board eligible in pediatric dentistry.

The goals of the program are to provide foundation knowledge and educational experiences in pediatric dentistry through diverse experiences in all aspects of pediatric dentistry clinical care as recognized by the specialty. The program instills in the resident all the values and beliefs of the healthcare provider and assures they have the skills to be responsible for care of the growing child. Graduates become skilled as the primary care provider for the pediatric patient from infant, child, and adolescent and for the special needs patients. As a strong component of the hospital organization the graduate is able to fully integrate into the medical community. The program experiences foster interest in community service, organized dentistry and dental education.

Trainees in this program experience:

  • Extensive hands-on clinical experiences in all aspects of pediatric dentistry, operating room techniques, and pediatric emergency procedures
  • Large patient population, including not only well children, but mentally and physically challenged children, adolescents, and adults with special needs
  • Interaction with other medical and dental graduate programs. Practice management and private office considerations


The pediatric dental residents partake in rotations through the Department of Anesthesia and the Department of Pediatric Medicine. In addition to the rotation in the Department of Pediatrics, the pediatric dental resident attends lectures sponsored by the Department of Pediatrics, as well as rotation through the Pediatric Emergency Department.

We offer a full range of dental services for adults and children, including cleanings, dentures, extractions, fillings and root canals.

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Courses, lectures, seminars, intra-hospital department rotations, clinical rounds and conferences comprise the didactic aspects of the program. Hospital rotations in Pediatric Medicine, Anesthesia and the Emergency Department serve to integrate the Pediatric Dental resident into the hospital mainstream.

Full-time coverage of clinical activity is provided through board-eligible and board-certified pediatric dentists. Consultants in other specialties are available to guide residents in a multidisciplinary approach to pediatric dental care.

Didactic training includes lectures on pediatric dentistry, growth and development, orthodontics, prevention, sedation techniques, radiology, oral pathology, bio-statistics, special patient care and pharmacology. Journal Club and Literature Review, and Treatment Planning Seminar supplement the didactic program.


The clinical training in pediatric dentistry is provided in the main hospital in the Department of Dental Medicine. Patients with special needs are treated in both SIUH Dental Care Center and Operating Room Suite where conscious sedation and general anesthesia are used to render comprehensive dental care in a dedicated dental procedure room. Comprehensive orthodontic treatment is taught in the SIUH Dental Clinic. The 14 treatment rooms at the SIUH site are equipped with Nitrous Oxide delivery units. The site has intraoral and extra-oral digital radiographic equipment and dental laboratory.

Application process

Applicants interested in the pediatric dentistry at Staten Island University Hospital should apply through the ADEA PASS system. Applications are due no later than October 15 of the year preceding matriculation. The Pedodontic Residency program does not participate in the Match Program.

Essential application information includes:

  1. Graduation from an accredited American or Canadian Dental School. Must be eligible for a license or limited permit in New York State.
  2. Three letters of recommendation (Submitted through PASS)
  3. Dental education transcripts (Submitted through PASS)
  4. Personal interview
  5. Prior General Practice Residency experience 

This is a 24-month program commencing July 1 of each year. Graduates receive a certificate in Pediatric Dentistry. Residents receive stipends and fringe benefits as a resident based on their first or second year status. Three new positions are offered each year. The salaries are available on the Academic Affairs web page.

Applicants invited for an interview will be notified by email. For additional information on how to apply, please contact Denise Marino, Resident Coordinator.

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Donald R. Ratcliffe, DDS

Department Chairman - Chairman of Dental Medicine of Dentistry, Staten Island University Hospital

Specialties: Dental Medicine

Active attendings

Ryan Barrett, DDS
Patricia Sciortino, DDS
Jocelyn Magahis, DDS
Rachel Iospa, DMD - Director, Pedodontic Residency Program. 
Meetu Soni, DMS
Lydia Lam, DDS
Michael Mistretta, DDS
Lisa Alli-Lazzara, DDS
John Atlas, DDS
Deanna Barranco, DDS - Director, General Practice Residency Programs.
Mark Castanza, DDS
Jeremiah D’Anna, DDS
Michael D’Anna, DDS
Giorgio DiVincenzo, DMD
Michael Donato, DMD
Michelle, Flanigan, DMD
Michelle, Giumenta, DDS
Peter Glavas, DDS
David Hoffman, DDS
Leona Kotlyar, DDS
Peter Kullman, DDS
Christopher Madison, DDS
Phyllis Merlino, DDS
Jacqueline Mikhly, DMD
Stella Nashtatik, DDS
Donald Ratcliffe, DDS - Chairman, Department of Dental Medicine.
Raymond Remuzzi, DDS
Mark Severino, DDS
Kathleen Van Vorst, DMD