Division of Orthodontics

Division Director

Associate Professor of Dental Medicine at the Columbia University Medical Center
Director, Division of Orthodontics

Vision Statement

The Division of Orthodontics strives to provide excellence in education and patient care, as well as to provide an environment that encourages scholarly activity and research which will improve the health and well-being of the public. Part of that vision is that all its graduates will become Board certified and remain life long learners through attendance at Continuing education courses and through the recertification process.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Division of Orthodontics is to educate students to become proficient, critically thinking practitioners of orthodontics who are capable of functioning in both clinical and academic environments.

Our Goals

  • Provide students with in-depth knowledge of the biological and mechanical principles related to orthodontic treatment.
  • Educate students to diagnose, treatment plan and deliver comprehensive orthodontic care at the highest level of quality and sophistication
  • Develop student research skills and critical thinking skills and to introduce them to the requirements and principles of scientific writing.
  • Prepare students for the written and clinical portions of the American Board of Orthodontics certification and recertification examinations for the protection of the public.
  • Provide quality dental care to the public with a focus on our surrounding upper Manhattan community.
  • Conduct advanced research for the benefit of everyone.


Besides education and patient care, research is an important component of the Division of Orthodontics.  It has an active research laboratory, and current research is focused on –

  • Examining the molecular pathways that regulate temporomandibular joint mechanical loading induced remodeling.  It has developed mouse models of mechanical loading induced TMJ remodeling and have extensively characterized how changing the occlusal loading affects TMJ chondrocyte growth and maturation.
  • Examining the role of Estrogen Receptor in mediating the mechanical loading induced TMJ remodeling.

Please link to information about the orthodontics research laboratory - http://dental.columbia.edu/page/orthodontic-research.

All postgraduate students in the 3-year orthodontic program are required to write, submit and defend a research thesis overseen by a mentor in order to earn the Master of Science degree.

Please see the Columbia University College of Dental Medicine Research tab for additional information on CDM faculty and student research resources, events and opportunities.

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