Residency in Dental Medicine at Staten Island University Hospital

Residency in Dental Medicine at Staten Island University Hospital

About us

Fourteen first-year residents along with three second-year residents and pediatric residency positions are available for the dental medicine residency program at Staten Island University Hospital.

Residents can expect a curriculum carefully structured for increasing responsibility during the course of the year. Training is conducted in the operating and emergency rooms, with the majority of time spent at the hospital's Dental Care Center located at Staten Island University Hospital's north campus.

The program has been fully accredited by the American Dental Association Council on Dental Education since 1970. Because the hospital is a major affiliate of the State University of New York Health Science Center and Northwell Health, residents in General Practice Dentistry are integrated into the hospital's overall teaching program. This facilitates professional interactions and presents opportunities to fine tune clinical judgment.

There is ample opportunity for exchange with residents in the surgery, medicine, ob-gyn, and pediatric teaching programs, as well as with residents and fellows on rotation from the medical schools in the departments of anesthesiology, rehabilitation medicine, psychiatry, pathology, radiology and emergency room medicine. This interaction is important in learning the relationship between the various disease processes and the patients' dental and overall physical status.

The General Practice Resident Program is supported by GPR chief residents, second-year residents, a Pediatric Resident Program, an oral and maxillofacial surgery chief resident, dental hygienist, an administrative director, resident coordinator, dental practice coordinator, two dental care coordinators, 18 dental assistants, 15 registrars and two financial coordinators.

Residents' activities include, but are not limited to, direct patient care. The direct care includes sections in periodontics, orthodontics, pedodontics, endodontics, removal prosthetics, fixed prosthetics, implant prosthetics, special care, cleft lip and palate team and oral and maxillofacial surgery. Each section is lead by a Board Certified or Board Eligible Specialist. Dental care is rendered 5 days a week in the Dental Care Center at 475 Seaview Avenue, in the 57 Bay Street facility, and during off hours in the hospital's Emergency Department, which serves Staten Island and Brooklyn as a designated trauma center.

Dental residents provide 24-hour emergency coverage on a rotation basis.

The dental resident rotates in the Emergency Department on a full-time basis, participating in the treatment of all types of medical and dental emergencies.

Residents assist or perform general dental, pediatric, periodontic, oral and maxillofacial surgery procedures in the operating suites with the use of general anesthesia. Enough experience is gained so that the resident is permitted to perform a substantial range of procedures under supervision.

Residents gain experience in admission and discharge procedures, as well as in routine performance of histories and physicals on all admitted patients.

Dental residents attend inpatient rounds with the director and members of the attending staff daily.

All residents rotate through the anesthesiology department, to learn the theory and the practice of pain control.

Rotations are scheduled through the medical intensive care units and the medical ambulatory care units.

The rotation programs are designed for residents to sharpen skills in physical evaluation and medicine.

General practice residents prepare for certification in advanced cardiac life support during the orientation period.

A program is in place for patients requiring general anesthesia for routine dental care. The program is especially important for children and for difficult patients. In these cases, anesthesia is administered in the surgical suites by anesthesiologists.

Cleft lip and/or palate patients have the benefit of a team of specialists that include an oral surgeon, pediatric dentists and orthodontists, who carry out a birth-to-adulthood treatment plan with the hospital's speech therapists, pediatricians, plastic surgeons, social workers and geneticist.

Dental procedures for cancer patients are carefully coordinated with members of the oncology team. Team members integrate the expertise of oral surgeons and prosthodontists, creating an environment in which the most up-to-date reconstructions can be attempted.

An effort is made to assign one to two such special study cases to each resident during the year. Sophisticated interventions for special cases, e.g. (complex fixed and/or removable prosthetic cases, amelogenesis imperfecta, children born with no tooth enamel) are treated as special case studies and serve as models for therapies that involve cost beyond the family's means.

Program goals

Goals of the GPR PGY I program 

The program is designed to expand the scope and depth of the graduates' knowledge and skills to enable them to provide comprehensive oral health care to a wide range of population groups. 

These goals include:

  1. Act as a primary care provider for individuals and groups of patients. This includes providing emergency and multidisciplinary, comprehensive oral health care; providing patient focused care that is coordinated by the general practitioner; directing health promotion and disease prevention activities, and using advanced dental treatment modalities.
  2. Plan and provide multidisciplinary oral health care for a wide variety of patients, including patients with special needs.
  3. Manage the delivery of oral health care by applying concepts of patient and practice management and quality improvement that are responsive to dynamic health care environment.
  4. Function effectively within the hospital and other health care environments.
  5. Function effectively within multidisciplinary health care teams.
  6. Apply scientific principles to learning and oral health care. This includes using critical thinking, evidence or outcomes-based clinical decision-making, and technology-based information retrieval systems.
  7. Utilize the values of professional ethics, lifelong learning, patient-centered care, adaptability, and acceptance of cultural diversity in professional practice.
  8. Certify Residents in the clinical requirements needed for New York State licensure.

Goals of the GPR PGY II program 

The GPR PGY II program is an educational program designed to provide training beyond the level of both a pre-doctoral education and a GPR PGY I program in oral health and leadership, using applied basic and behavioral sciences. 

These goals include:

  1. Act as a primary care provider for individuals and groups of patients. This includes providing emergency and multidisciplinary, comprehensive oral health care; providing patient focused care that is coordinated by the general practitioner; directing health promotion and disease prevention activities, and using advanced dental treatment modalities.
  2. Plan and provide multidisciplinary oral health care for a wide variety of patients, including patients with special needs.
  3. Manage the delivery of oral health care by applying concepts of patient and practice management and quality improvement that are responsive to a dynamic health care environment.
  4. Function effectively within the hospital and other health care environments.
  5. Function effectively within interdisciplinary health care teams.
  6. Apply scientific principles to learning and oral health care. This includes using critical thinking, evidence or outcomes-based clinical decision-making, and technology-based information retrieval systems.
  7. Utilize the values of professional ethics, lifelong learning, patient-centered care, adaptability, and acceptance of cultural diversity in professional practice.
  8. Advance the experience of the resident in total patient management with comprehensive training in complete oral rehabilitation, implant dentistry, and hard tissue augmentation procedures.
  9. Develop leadership, administration, and management skills through directed responsibilities in the dental department.

Application process

Only applicants who are or will be certified for graduation from an ADA-accredited dental school and eligible for a limited permit in New York State may be considered for acceptance to this program. Selection is based on evidence of the applicant's interest and ability to benefit from advanced training in general dentistry.

The applicant's academic record, faculty recommendations, extracurricular activities and impressions of the admissions committee during the personal interview are important factors in our final decisions.

Selections are sent to and finally made through the National Residency Matching Program. The department participates in the PASS Program.

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Our faculty

Donald R. Ratcliffe, DDS

  • Department Chairman - Chairman of Dental Medicine of Dentistry, Staten Island University Hospital
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David C. Hoffman, DDS

  • Director of Service - Director, Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery of Dentistry - Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Staten Island University Hospital
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Steven Schwartz, DDS

About our team

Donald R. Ratcliffe, DDS
Chairman, Department of Dentistry
Program Director, General Practice Residency Programs

Dr. Ratcliffe is a graduate of the General Practice Residency Program in 1980, returned to the attending staff in 1983 and has served as General Practice Residency Program Director from 1992 to 2011 and Chairman of the Department of Dentistry since 2005. He has the overall responsibility of both residency programs and the departments operations.

In addition to the Chairman position, he serves as the department's director of prosthetics and special study cases.

He graduated from the New York University College of Dentistry in 1979 and was elected into OKU. Additionally, he was the recipient of the Arthur Hull Award of Endodontics, the Academy of Operative Dentistry's Achievement Award, and the American Academy of Oral Medicine Merit Award. He is currently a member American College of Dentistry, the International College of Dentistry, the New York Academy of Dentistry, the American Association of Hospital Dentists, the Special Care Density Association, the American Society of Osseointegration, the American College of Oral Implantaology, the American Academy of Implant Dentistry and the American Dental Association.

In 1997, Dr. Ratcliffe was honored by the department's highest award, the Dr. William P. Lavori Award for Professional Excellence, and in 2004 received the department's Dr. Alfonso Fressola Humanitarian Award. He is currently on the faculty for the University of Pennsylvania School of Dentistry and Columbia University College of Dental Medicine.

Steven Ratner, DDS 
Associate Director

Dr. Ratner is director of the Special Care Program and has been acknowledged for his leadership in this field. 

In 1985, Dr. Ratner was awarded a fellowship in the Academy of Dentistry for the Handicapped. The fellowship committee expressed its recognition of the clinical protocols he provided in treating the mentally and physically disabled. In 1990, SIUH presented to him the Dr. William P. Lavori Award for Professional Excellence. He was the award's first recipient, so named for the department's director emeritus. Dr. Ratner's dental education was completed at the New York University College of Dentistry. His academic interests include a teaching appointment at the Columbia University School of Dentistry. 

His professional memberships coincide with his special interests and include the Academy of Geriatric Dentistry, the Academy of Dentistry for the Handicapped and the American Analgesia Society. Dr. Ratner has been awarded fellowships in the New York Academy of General Dentistry and the American College of Dentists. 

David C. Hoffman, DDS
Associate Director
Director of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Dr. Hoffman directs program development for the department and heads up the cleft lip and palate program. He is an oral and maxillofacial surgeon credited with major cranio facial reconstructions. 

Dr. Hoffman has participated in a national study to test a new prosthetic TM joint that is sized by computer to duplicate the patient's own joint. He has become a nationally recognized lecturer in TM arthroscopy and treatment. Dr. Hoffman holds a patent on a prosthetic TM joint. 

Dr. Hoffman is a Fellow of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, the American Cleft Lip and Palate Association and the National Council for International Health, among others. He is certified by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and serves on the faculty of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, and Downstate Medical Center. 

A 1978 graduate of Staten Island University Hospital's General Dentistry program, Dr. Hoffman's residency in oral and maxillofacial surgery was completed at the University of Texas Health Science Center's Parkland Memorial, Dallas, and John Peter Smith Hospitals, Ft. Worth.

Steven Schwartz, DDS
Program Director of the Pediatric Dentistry Residency Program

Dr. Schwartz maintained a private pediatric dentistry practice for over 30 years. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. He is the author of numerous clinical and practice management articles and popular lecturer and consultant. 

His teaching career spans over three decades with faculty positions at New York University College of Dentistry, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and Staten Island University Hospital. 

He has been actively involved in organized dentistry. He is a past president of the Richmond County Dental Society and the New York Association of Pediatric Dentists.

Active attendings

Joseph Abbadessa, DDS

Lisa Alli-Lazzara, DDS

John Atlas, DDS

Val Atsen, DDS

Deanna Barranco, DDS

Mark Castanza, DDS

Michael Costa, DMD

Jeremiah D'Anna, DDS

Michael D'Anna, DDS

Giorgio DiVincenzo, DMD

Michael Donato, DMD 

Michelle Flanigan, DMD

Michelle Giumenta, DDS

Peter Glavas, DDS

Deborah Gries, DMD

David Hoffman, DDS

Melani Kapetanakos, DDS

Minah Kim, DMD

Leona Kotlyar, DDS

Peter Koys, DDS

Peter Kullman, DDS

Charles Leo, DDS

Jeffrey Linden, DMD

Christopher Madison, DDS

Joel Manley, DDS

Phyllis Merlino, DDS

Jacqueline Mikhly, DMD

Stella Nashtatik, DDS

Rebecca Orlick, DDS

Donald Ratcliffe, DDS

Steven Ratner, DDS

Raymond Remuzzi, DDS

Steven Schwartz, DDS

Joshua Segal, DDS, MD

Robert Seminara, DDS

Mark Severino, DDS

Dmitry Shapiro, DMD

Stephanie Trottnow, DMD

Kathleen Van Vorst, DMD

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