Richard K. Yoon

Associate Professor of Dental Medicine (at CUMC)
Director, Pediatric Dentistry Residency Program

Richard K. Yoon, a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, is Associate Professor and is currently serving as Residency Director within the Dental School's Division of Pediatric Dentistry. Graduate of Columbia University's College as well as a former graduate student. In addition, completed two clinical traineeships: (1) Babies & Children's Hospital (Columbia Campus) Advanced Specialty Education Program, a teaching hospital for the Medical and Dental School and (2) Yale-New Haven Hospital (Residency) Advanced Education Program in conjunction with Yale School of Medicine.

[Administrative] Responsible for developing, administering, and promoting the academic program of the Residency in Pediatric Dentistry Advanced Specialty Education at Children’s Hospital in conjunction with the Dental School. In this position, he is involved with supporting postdoctoral resident fellows and attending faculty of the Program.

[Teaching] Focused on supporting graduate education through teaching sessions and by publishing cases, scientific studies, abstracts, and texts. His teaching and texts have two common goals: to nurture the graduate students' understanding and excitement about intellectual pursuits and to help students use what they have learned to ultimately improve the lives of their patients.

[Personal] Interested in understanding the factors that underlie and promote academic success in residents and graduate students. In this work, he is looking at ways to help students make the most of their clinical residency training advanced education experience.

[Scholarly Activity] The underlying theme of his research is to improve clinical outcomes for Severe Early Childhood Caries by (1) trying to understand the biopsychosocial factors involved in the disease process and how these factors contribute to overall health and by (2) reducing oral mutans streptococci populations to non-pathogenic levels via conventional surgical and contemporary non-surgical means.

[Clinician-Teacher] Special Patient Care - Patient-, prevention-centered, evidence-based care for treatment of Severe Early Childhood Caries utilizing an aggressive conventional approach under general anesthesia as well as a conservative non-surgical chemotherapeutic biobehavioral approach with health maintenance and continuous quality assurance and performance improvement.

Education/Training - Institution/ Location/ Degree: 
Babies & Children's Hospital, New York NY
Yale-New Haven Hospital, New Haven CT
Columbia University, New York NY
Selected Peer-reviewed Publications - Three selected citations: 

Yoon RK, Edelstein BL, Smaldone A. Early Childhood Caries Screening Tools: Comparison of Four Approaches J Am Dent Assoc 2012:143(7):756-63.

Yoon RK, Ohkawa S. General anesthetic management of a child patient with epidermolysis bullosa: a case report. Pediatr Dent 2012;34(3):251-253.

Yoon RK, Chussid S. Ocular complications following an inferior alveolar nerve block on a child patient: a case report. Pediatr Dent 2012:34(4):343-346.