Dental Residency

The Department of Dental Medicine and Oral-Maxillofacial Surgery offers a multitude of post graduate opportunities for the energetic and enthusiastic graduate dental student. This program has been in existence for over forty years, with graduates in all the disciplines of Dental Medicine.
Many of our graduates have entered academia at major institutions where they have been recognized for their expertise in their specialty area, while most have entered private practice and are very successful.

Department Chair

Vito A. Cardo, DDS

Chairman, Department of Dental Medicine and Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
Director, Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Residency Program

Academic Programs

The residency programs at Brookdale University Hospital in Adult Dental Medicine, Pediatric Dental Medicine and Oral-Maxillofacial Surgery are all fully accredited by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation.
The objective and goal of each of these prestigious residency programs is to transform the student dentists into confident, skilled and well educated practitioners in the field of their choice. The Department as a whole has excellent patient care as its primary objective with the education and transformation of the student into a competent respected health care practitioner.
Each resident is treated as an individual and through a rigorous academic program will have become proficient in their area of concentration. Their academic exercises will include lectures by the faculty, lectures by visiting professors and practitioners, tutorials, literature review and interdepartmental presentations.
The clinical experience will encompass a wide variety of patient presentations that will become part and parcel of their knowledge base. The hospital setting lends itself to a plethora of medical, social and pathologic conditions that will challenge the inquisitive mind to seek a resolution to the patient’s condition. This exposure to the complex patient will allow the young Doctor of Dental Medicine the ability to converse with their medical counterpart in an intelligent manner, and seek consultations when indicated.

Adult Dental Medicine Residency

Donna Fassman DDS Interim Director  (12 or 24 months)

The Adult Dental Medicine Residency meets and exceeds the standards required by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association. The program has full Accreditation without reporting requirements. The resident is exposed to a broad clinical experience encompassing all basic general dental procedures to the more complex exacting procedures of implant placement and restorations. Experience in fixed and removal prosthetics, molar endodontics, periodontal surgery, and advanced orthodontics including orthognathic surgery are only a part of this residency.
The resident will receive extensive experience in the medically compromised patient, the developmentally disabled patient and geriatric patient. They will become familiar with the functions of a major hospital and become comfortable in treating patients in the Emergency Department. Additionally, the utilization of the OR for the difficult patient is one area of exceptional experience.
Over the residents’ tenure they will advance progressively in both academic knowledge and clinical experience. Residents also rotate for one month in the Emergency Room, Medicine and Anesthesia Departments.

Pediatric Dental Medicine Residency

Program Director Sheeba Kurian, DDS (24 months)

The Pediatric Dental Medicine Residency also fully accredited by the American Dental Association without reporting requirements. It is a hospital based program that is twenty four months in length and qualifies the Resident to become Board Certified. The resident will receive a broad education in the care of the pediatric patient. This experience will come from participation in both the outpatient dental facility and the very active pediatric in-patient service.
They will become proficient in behavioral and pharmacological patient management, physical assessment orthodontic evaluation and care of the patient in either the dental chair or the operating room table. The various pain control and behavioral control methods are part of the daily routine. The use of IV Sedation and Oral Sedation are adjuncts utilized in the control of the patient.
Rotation in Pediatric Medicine service, anesthesia, orthodontics and oral maxillofacial surgery will be the culmination of the educational process to the development of a Pediatric Dental Practitioner who is capable of treating patients in any environment.

Oral-Maxillofacial Surgery Residency

Director Vito A. Cardo, Jr. DDS  (48 months)

The Oral-Maxillofacial Surgery Training Program is fully accredited by the American Dental Association. The program’s goal is to transform the well educated student of dentistry into a skilled and knowledgeable surgeon. The graduating Oral-Maxillofacial Surgeon will be well versed in all aspects of the specialty. The training received will prepare the practitioner both clinically and academically to participate and pass the certifying exam of the American Board of Oral-Maxillofacial Surgery.
The resident will receive adequate training in all areas of the specialty, Craniofacial Trauma, Orthognathics, Implantology, Dental Alveolar Trauma, IV Sedation, Cosmetics and Pathology. The program is designed to progressively develop the neophyte in skills and knowledge over forty-eight months into a clinically and academically proficient surgeon; a surgeon who will be respected by both their patients, peers and the community at large.

2nd Year Optional Adult Dental Medicine

Donna Fassman, DDS

There is a 2nd year Adult Dental Medicine program with a concentration in implant prosthetics. The program exposes the General Dentist to the art and science of implantology. The resident will be exposed to both the clinical and academic principles of implants. The resident restore implants from both the single tooth to a full arch. They will learn the principles of surgery, infection control, and patient care, with emphasis on the medically compromised patient. The resident will become proficient in restoration of complex, prosthetic cases.

Contact the Program

For Academic Information or information about Residencies, please contact:



For patient care information, call 718-240-6281


Department Administrator - D. Green or 718-240-5021


Department Secretary - C. DeSouza or 718-240-6282)

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