Residency Program in Pediatric Dentistry

Pediatric Dentistry Residents, July 2014

From the left, Dr. Evan Cyrkin (1st yr), Dr. Marisa Pereira (2nd yr),
Dr. Ilana Stollow (2nd yr), Dr. Keren Etzion (1st yr), Dr. Alexandra Delfiner (1st yr), Dr. Erica Pitera (2nd yr), Dr. Alexis Cohen (2nd yr), Dr. Hans Hsu (2nd yr and Chief Resident), Dr. Kimberli Leal (1st yr), Dr. Rona Kushnir (1st yr)

Columbia University/ New York Presbyterian Hospital Pediatric Dentistry Residency Program

Program Director

Richard K. Yoon, DDS



Program Name:   Columbia-New York Presbyterian

Program Address:

Columbia University College of Dental Medicine
Division of Pediatric Dentistry
630 W 168th Street
P&S Box 20, PH17-302
New York, NY 10032
Phone: (212) 305-7951

Program Length and Number of Positions

Twenty-four month program commencing July 1 of each year (orientation one week earlier) with five new positions offered each year.

Program Type

Hospital-base with University affiliation open only to US or Canadian dental school graduates who are licensed or eligible for licensure in the state of New York. For more information, please contact Dr. R. Yoon, Residency Director, at


Application deadline is October 1st of the year preceding matriculation. Correspondence regarding application and admission procedures should be addressed via email to Mary Casey, Section Administrator, at, or via courier at the program address above.


The Residency in Pediatric Dentistry is designed to prepare the trainee for active roles in clinical practice and clinical instruction. Proficiency is obtained in the traditional core areas common to all. The curriculum provides broad-based clinical exposure and comprehensive didactic instruction related to the specialty at two practice settings (Children’s Hospital and Residency Clinic). The program is currently accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation. Upon completion, the individual is awarded a Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry and meets the advanced education eligibility requirements of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.

Further, with support from the federal Maternal and Child Health Bureau, this designation supports focused training and facilitates resident exploration of careers in pediatric dentistry that involve not only clinical care but also teaching, research, area health, public policy at the state and national level, and advanced care of children with special healthcare needs.


General curriculum includes all topics obligatory to the development of a competent pediatric dentist. It is designed to advance the residents’ educational experiences, enhance their ability to think critically and independently, and to communicate accurate information both clearly and effectively. Residents will learn to work with consultants and clinicians in other dental specialties and in medical or allied health fields. Weekly/monthly/quarterly lectures, seminars, case studies, and case presentations allow the trainee to develop a strong theoretical knowledge base.

Clinical curriculum consists of ample patient care opportunities. Regular and repeated patient contact will develop residents’ diagnostic abilities, clinical knowledge and skills, as well as their critical judgment. Additional experiences in related medical areas provide residents with a profound understanding of comprehensive care.

Didactic curriculum includes core domains outlined by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and includes selected topics in the basic sciences such as relevant anatomy, histology, embryology, physiology, pathology, statistics, and research methodology. Supplementary lectures, seminars and topic-specific journal clubs are provided on child development, behavior management, orthodontic topics, preventive care including fluorides, cariology, limited orthodontics, sedation and emergency preparedness, general anesthesia, ethics, case management, and evidence-based dentistry besides other pediatric dentistry domains.

Rotations are completed in Medicine and Anesthesiology within Children’s Hospital. Other rotators include the Cleft Lip & Palate and Craniofacial Team, Clinical Instruction Preceptorship, and opportunities for University sponsored direct care externships abroad.

Stipend and Tuition

Residents receive the same salary as medical residents. For the academic year 2013-14, stipends were $55,441 and $58,333, for program years one and two, respectively. Tuition is waived.


  1. NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital
  2. Columbia University College of Dental Medicine
  3. Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
  4. Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health

Admission Requirements

Applicants must fulfill all the following requirements to be considered for admission. Except for your official undergraduate transcript(s) which must be sent to the above Program Address, all documentation must be submitted via PASS.

  1. D.D.S. or D.M.D. from an accredited North American dental school
  2. US or Canadian citizen, or have a permanent immigration card
  3. Participation with PASS and Postdoctoral Matching Program.  Include your Match Number in your PASS application
  4. Curriculum vitae (CV) uploaded into PASS
  5. Current 2” x 2” photo (scanned into your CV, or send it directly to the above Program Address via mail or email)
  6. Official dental transcript submitted through PASS
  7. Official undergraduate education transcripts from all institutions attended sent directly to the above Program Address (mail or electronic).  Unofficial copies uploaded into PASS are for file review purposes only – official transcripts are still required.
  8. One institutional evaluation (Dean’s) letter
  9. Two professional evaluation forms (PEF): One from a Faculty or Attending in Pediatric Dentistry and one from a clinical faculty member or attending dentist
  10. Four Personal Potential Index (PPI) forms
  11. National Board Dental Examination results are normally included in the institutional evaluation and are considered official.  Otherwise, official results must be sent directly to the above address.  Please check with your dental school if you are not sure.
  12. Eligible for New York state dental licensure (please see
  13. Interview (by invitation)

Program Strengths

  1. Outstanding faculty in Basic Sciences from the Medical & Dental School
  2. Extensive and diverse patient pool
  3. Extensive clinical exposure to pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic management of patients
  4. Faculty balance between those in academe and those in clinical pediatric dentistry
  5. Affiliation with a world center in research and education

Program Faculty

Dr. Steven Chussid, Attending Pediatric Dentist & Division Director* (F, H)

Dr. Jed Best, Attending Pediatric Dentist (P/T)* (F)

Dr. Paul Chu, Attending Pediatric Dentist (P/T)* (F)

Dr. Mary Beth Giacona, Attending Pediatric Dentist (P/T)* (F, H)

Dr. Dana Kapp, Attending Pediatric Dentist (P/T)* (F)

Dr. Sunghee Kwak, Attending Pediatric Dentist (P/T)* (F)

Dr. Shan Lal, Attending Pediatric Dentist* (F)

Dr. Ann Layvey, Attending Pediatric Dentist (P/T) (F)

Dr. Aaron Myers, Attending Pediatric Dentist (F/T) (F)

Dr. Angie Papandrikos, Attending Pediatric Dentist (P/T) (F, H)

Dr. Margaret Park, Attending Orthodontist (P/T) (F)

Dr. Stacey Reynolds, Attending Pediatric Dentistry (P/T)* (F)

Dr. Caryn Siegel, Attending Pediatric Dentist (P/T)* (F)

Dr. Adam Silevitch, Attending Pediatric Dentist (P/T) (F, H)

Dr. Zev Tendler, Attending Pediatric Dentist (P/T)* (F, H)

Dr. Lavanya Venkateswaran, Attending Pediatric Dentist (P/T)* (F)

Dr. Richard K. Yoon, Attending Pediatric Dentist & Residency Director* (F, H)

*Board Certified

(F) Faculty

(H) Hospital

School Profile

Program Type:

Hospital-base with University affiliation

Program Director:

R. Yoon, Full-Time, Board Certified

Program Faculty:

3 Full-Time, 11 Part-Time, 11 Board Certified

Program Length:

24 Total Months, July 1 Start Date

Program Accreditation:


State Licensure:

Required; Restricted licensure for US and Canadian graduates only

No. of entering positions:


Tuition in-state:

$ 0 First Year; $ 0 Second Year


$55,441 First Year; $58,333 Second Year


$ 0 Fee; October 1 Deadline

Participant in National Matching Service:


Participant in PASS:


Only US citizens from ADA accredited dental schools considered:


US citizens from foreign dental schools considered:


Non-US citizens from ADA accredited dental schools considered:


Non-US citizens from foreign dental schools considered:


Clinic Experience:

Orthodontics, Conscious Sedation, Hospital Rotations, Anesthesia, Emergency Call, Operating Room, Oral Surgery, Infant Oral Health, Medically Compromised, Intellectually Disabled, Craniofacial Disorder, Physically Disabled

Didactic Experience:

Seminars, Literature Review, Courses, Case Conferences

Research Requirement:

Data collection project

Teaching Experience:

1 Clinic Half-Days


6 Operatories, 3 Clinic Receptionists, 4 Dental Assistants, 1 Dental Hygienist