Periodontic Program

Periodontic Program

Program Director: Dr. Joseph Fiorellini, contact

Program Overview

Approved by the American Dental Association, the Advanced Specialty Education Program in Periodontics is designed to provide postdoctoral students with advanced training in periodontics and implantology. Upon successful completion of the Program, residents are issued a Certificate in Periodontics and are qualified for examination by the American Board of Periodontology.

Residents spend approximately 60% of their time in clinic and are exposed to all facets of clinical periodontics, including periodontal surgery, implant surgery, soft and hard tissue grafting, sedation, periodontal prosthesis, tooth movement and adjunctive orthodontics, orthodontics for periodontally involved cases, and integration of all facets of complex dentistry. Clinical practice takes place in Penn Dental Medicine’s D. Walter Cohen and Morton Amsterdam Periodontal Clinic.

In addition to the core basic science courses required for all graduate students, the didactic curriculum includes basic science courses related to periodontics. Other features of the program include clinical seminars, literature seminars, interschool symposia, and an extensive guest lecture series.

The highly respected research environment at Penn Dental Medicine and throughout the University of Pennsylvania provides a valuable opportunity for students applying to residency programs to combine their specialty training with advanced research and academic opportunities. To that end, Penn Dental Medicine offers a Master of Science in Oral Biology (MSOB) and a Doctor of Science in Dentistry (DScD) that can be earned concurrent with a specialty certificate, preparing students to successfully enter the field of academic dentistry while also becoming skilled clinicians in specialty care. Through the MSOB and DScD programs, students are encouraged to pursue their individual research interests with projects that can span the diverse disciplines and research labs within Penn Dental Medicine’s basic and clinical sciences and across the University.

Academic Track: MSOB and certificate (3 years), DScD and certificate (5 years)
Clinical Certificate Track: certificate only (3 years)

Admissions Process

Application Deadline: August 15 — See Graduate Dental Education Programs Admissions Requirements and Procedures for detailed information and instructions.

An applicant to be considered for admission to the Advanced Periodontics Program requires:

Application materials are reviewed by the Periodontics Admission Committee. Late or incomplete applications are not considered. Decision to interview applicants is made by the Periodontics Program Admissions Committee and is communicated to applicants directly from the Department of Periodontics.

A personal interview is required as part of the selection process. Selected applicants are invited to interview at Penn Dental Medicine. Interview invitations will be sent via email starting mid-August. Interviews are conducted at the school beginning late August. Travel and lodging information is included with the interview invitation. The interview is a two (2) day process that consists of interviews with department faculty, a tour of the facilities, and lunch with current residents and other invited candidates.

Official letters of acceptance are sent within 10 days of the release of Match results from Penn Dental Medicine’s Office of Graduate Dental Education. All admitted candidates are obligated to submit a non-refundable acceptance deposit in the amount of $5,000 within ten business days of acceptance notification from Penn Dental Medicine. The Office of Graduate Dental Education provides assistance to coordinate pre-enrollment activities such as establishing a PennKey for access to the University’s online resources, establishing a university email address, and initiating the visa process for international students.

Program Faculty

Faculty Members

Panagiota Stathopoulou

Assistant Professor of Periodontics and Director, Post Doctoral Periodontics Program

Manjunatha Benakanakere

Research Assistant Professor

Joseph P. Fiorellini

Professor

Dana T. Graves

Professor, Vice Dean for Scholarship and Research Director, Doctor of Science in Dentistry Program

Uri Hangorsky

Interim Chair and Clinical Professor of Periodontics Associate Dean for Student Life, Admissions & PASS Program

Jonathan Korostoff

Professor of Periodontics, Director, Master of Science in Oral Biology Program

Kensuke Matsumoto

Instructor, Co-Clinical Director in Orthodontics

Campo Perez

Instructor

Alan M. Polson

D. Walter Cohen Professor

Yu (Taylor) Wang

Instructor

Mahsa Abdolhosseini

Clinical Assistant Professor of Periodontics

Ali Aratsu

Clinical Assistant Professor of Periodontics

Lyusya Badishan

Clinical Associate

Harold S. Baumgarten

Clinical Professor of Periodontics

Robert M. Benedon

Clinical Professor of Periodontics

Jean Bichara

Clinical Assistant Professor of Periodontics

I. Stephen Brown

Adjunct Professor

Stefani Cheung

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Minn Alexandre Cho

Clinical Assistant Professor of Periodontics

Caleb Cross

Clinical Assistant Professor of Periodontics

Harold A. DeHaven, Jr.

Clinical Professor of Periodontics

Robert Denmark

Clinical Assistant Professor of Periodontics

Howard Paul Fraiman

Clinical Associate Professor of Periodontics and Director Post Doctoral Periodontal Prosthesis Program

Gail Childers

Clinical Assistant Professor of Periodontics

Rebekka Gerson

Clinical Assistant Professor of Periodontics

Pouya Hatam

Clinical Assistant Professor of Periodontics

Brian Kasten

Clinical Assistant Professor of Periodontics

Yongkun Kim

Clinical Assistant Professor of Periodontics

Daniel Kubikian

Clinical Assistant Professor of Periodontics, Adjunct Assistant Professor

Atsushi Kubota

Adjunct Professor

Ernesto Lee

Clinical Professor of Periodontics

Barry Paul Levin

Clinical Associate Professor of Periodontics

Richard Levitt

Clinical Assistant Professor of Periodontics

Alan M. Meltzer

Clinical Professor of Periodontics

Edward A. Marcus

Clinical Associate Professor of Periodontics

Jeffrey M. Morton

Clinical Assistant Professor of Periodontics

Mana Nejadi

Clinical Assistant Professor of Periodontics

Michael Robert Norton

Adjunct Professor

Jonathan H. Orenstein

Clinical Assistant Professor of Periodontics

Giulio Rasperini

Adjunct Professor

Louis F. Rose

Clinical Professor of Periodontics

Hector L. Sarmiento

Clinical Assistant Professor of Periodontics

David R. Silver

Clinical Associate Professor of Periodontics

Mehrdad Soheili

Clinical Assistant Professor of Periodontics

Arnold Weisgold

Adjunct Professor

Eric C. Weiss

Clinical Assistant Professor of Periodontics

Michael D. Yasner

Clinical Assistant Professor of Periodontics and Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Endodontics

Howard Yen

Clinical Assistant Professor of Periodontics

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