Division of Pediatric Dentistry

Division Director

Associate Professor of Dental Medicine at the Columbia University Medical Center
Chair, Section of Growth and Development
Director, Division of Pediatric Dentistry
Associate Attending, NYPH
Physicians & Surgeons, Box 20, United States
+1 212 305 1040

Vision Statement

Our efforts are focused on providing compassionate, child-centered, patient-focused, coordinated, interdisciplinary, high-quality oral health care. This occurs with awareness of the family structure, is culturally competent, and considers the importance of our community setting. We seek to develop an awareness among patients, parents, dental professionals, and other healthcare providers that a healthy oral cavity is a prerequisite for a healthy child and that emphasis on oral health and prevention of oral disease must be an integral component of any comprehensive healthcare system. Our program seeks to significantly improve the health and general well-being of infants, children and adolescents.

Mission Statement

We are committed to comprehensively preparing competent individuals for the practice of pediatric dentistry in the private, hospital-based and/or academic setting. We are dedicated to providing high quality oral health care to the children of the Washington Heights-Inwood area of New York City, especially at risk and special needs populations. We play an active role in advancing the oral health knowledge of the Columbia Presbyterian Network and the Washington Heights-Inwood Community by engaging in and/or collaborating in community activities, scholarly activity, research, and outreach programs.

Our Goals

  • Provide the students/residents with an appropriate and comprehensive education so that they become knowledgeable in the specialty of pediatric dentistry.
  • Provide adequate clinical training to prepare the residents for a career in pediatric dentistry.
  • Provide oral health care and education to the pediatric and special needs population of Washington Heights-Inwood area of New York City in the form of outreach programs.
  • Participate in and collaborate in scholarly activity and research.


Besides education, service and patient care, research is an important component of the Division of Pediatric Dentistry.  Residents in the 24 month pediatric dentistry program must complete an institutionally approved data collection project leading to a paper of publishable quality during the residency period.  Scientific research abstracts of the 2nd year residents are submitted and presented during the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry Annual Session. 

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

Global Outreach

Pediatric dentistry residents and faculty participate in direct care trips abroad.  Recent experiences include some limited opportunities for Global Health Externships and medical/dental missions to Cambodia, Philippines, Israel, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Burundi and the Dominican Republic. These trips may be partially funded by Columbia University, world organizations, partnerships and foundations and generous sponsors.  Please click here to to download a PDF file presentation of the August 2013 trip to Guatemala.

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