Residency in General Practice Dentistry at Northwell Health

Welcome from the chair

Thank you for your interest in the Residency in General Practice Dentistry at Northwell Health.

Our department has provided training for Dental Post-Graduate Training Programs for more than fifty years.  Currently we offer programs in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery (OMFS), Oral & Maxillofacial Pathology (OP), Pediatric Dental Medicine (PD) and General Practice Dentistry (GP). There are over 130 individuals who make up the full-time and part-time voluntary faculty who serve as an educational resource for our training programs.

At Long Island Jewish Medical Center there are more than 500 medical residents enrolled in 45 approved ACGME training programs. There are many opportunities for inter-disciplinary experiences relative to patient care and education. The department has ongoing clinical and basic science research programs which provide opportunities for residents to pursue research in a mentored environment.

I invite you to browse through our website and, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact any of the Program Directors or me at [email protected].

Ronald P. Burakoff, DMD, MPH
Chairman, Dental Medicine

About us

The general practice dentistry residency program at Northwell Health is a two-year program providing comprehensive post-dental training for more than 50 years. The program is designed to train dentists in the management of complex and special needs patients in both an outpatient and inpatient setting.

As a regional referral center, the Department of Dental Medicine serves all the dental needs of the community, including infants with cleft palates and geriatric patients with memory disorders. Trainees have the opportunity to interact with our extremely diverse patient population to provide advanced diagnostic care and preventive services. 

Our general practice residency provides a broad range of experience dealing with dental patients in both a clinical and didactic sense. The caseload includes the hospitalized dental patient, a hospitalized patient with dental needs or complications and the ambulatory but handicapped or medically compromised patient.  Additionally, a significant percentage of well patients are treated in the ambulatory setting. The experience will provide the graduate resident with the confidence and experience necessary to comprehensively treat a diverse patient population.

A large, experienced and dedicated full-time and voluntary teaching staff of generalists and specialists from all disciplines aid the resident in refining previously learned skills, and facilitate exposure to new techniques in clinical dentistry, including dental implantology. Regularly admitted patients provide an improved understanding of the important inter-relationships between underlying or associated medical disorders and dental treatment. The hospital setting provides the ideal environment for the resident to learn to communicate effectively and work directly with other health professionals. Participation in various rotations such as Anesthesia, ER, and Special Patient Care, as well as on call duty, enhances the overall experience. At all levels there will be adequate backup by more senior residents, attending staff and specialists when needed. A combined or team approach to care delivery and consultation is employed and stressed.


Full-time and community-based members of the department actively participate in the structured didactic program. This program covers all aspects of General Dentistry as well as specialty areas plus several series of lectures dealing with facial pain, dental anesthesiology, practice management, dental implantology, and advances in dental materials and clinical techniques. Teaching Rounds allows all residents and full-time faculty to freely discuss current hospital case load, salient management issues and treatment plan considerations in a casual environment. Each resident prepares a short library research paper or case report under the direction of a preceptor that will be suitable for publication.

The goal of this program is to graduate, after one or two years, an individual who will be confident with the entire spectrum of medical risks and dental complexity, and who will also be a critical thinker relative to treatment planning and care delivery.

Second-Year Option
The optional second year permits individual preferences to be addressed with some freedom. If a Chief or Senior designation is accorded, an administrative component is layered onto an extended clinical exposure in comprehensive dental care. Off-site rotations are an option in any of the hospital departments or within the department in specialty areas where full-time expertise in various disciplines exists. The Chief Resident will work closely with the respective chief residents in Pediatric Dentistry and Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery on a daily basis. An enhanced case load will be carried by second year residents and valuable experience can be obtained through accomplishing tasks such as the restoration of implant fixtures, handling complex fixed, removable prosthodontics and periodontic cases as well as dental treatment under general anesthesia, among others.

Goals of the residency training program

1.  The program provides didactic and clinical training that the resident upon completion of training is able to:

a) Act as a primary oral health care provider to include: 

1) providing emergency and multidisciplinary comprehensive oral health care
2) obtaining informed consent 
3) functioning effectively within interdisciplinary health care teams, including consultation and referral 
4) providing patient-focused care that is coordinated by the general practitioner
5) directing health promotion and disease prevention activities

b) Assess, diagnose, and plan for the provision of multidisciplinary oral health care for a wide variety of patients including patients with special needs

c) Manage the delivery of patient-focused oral health care

2.  The program goals are to provide didactic and clinical training to ensure that upon completion of training the student/resident is able to provide the following at an advanced level of skill and/or case complexity beyond that accomplished in pre-doctoral training:

a) operative dentistry
b) restoration of the edentulous space
c) periodontal therapy
d) endodontic therapy
e) oral surgery
f) evaluation and treatment of dental emergencies
g) pain and anxiety control utilizing behavioral and/or pharmacological techniques

3.  The program provides training to ensure that upon completion of the program, the resident is able to manage the following:

a)  medical emergencies
b)  implants
c)  oral mucosal diseases
d)  temporomandibular disorder
e)  orofacial pain

Application process

Applicants interested in the general practice dentistry training program at Northwell Health should apply through the American Dental Education Association postdoctoral application support service (ADEA PASS), which allows applications starting July 1.

No applications are reviewed after Oct. 15.

Essential application information includes:

  • Common application form
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Dental school transcript
  • Personal statement
  • Dean’s letter
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation
  • ECFMG Status Report, if applicable

Helpful links

Faculty & staff

Program director

Additional faculty

Patricia Regan, DMD

  • Assistant Professor, Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
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Ronald Paul Burakoff, DMD, MPH

  • Chairman of Dental Medicine, Long Island Jewish Medical Center
  • Chairman of Dental Medicine, North Shore University Hospital
  • Professor, Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
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Our residents

  • Touba Abdyan – Columbia
  • Catharine Alger – Columbia
  • Michael Bruno – Columbia
  • Lauren Cantwell – SUNY Buffalo
  • Catalina Cardona – Tufts
  • Margi Chan – Boston U
  • Myra Jehangir – U of Maryland
  • Victor Kagan – Columbia
  • Daniel Kim – SUNY Buffalo
  • Susie Ko – SUNY Stony Brook
  • Valerie Levrant – Columbia
  • Elizabeth Moriarty – Columbia
  • Rebecca Shamis – Medical Univ of South Carolina
  • Douglas Sheahan – SUNY Stony Brook
  • Katherine Soletic – SUNY Stony Brook
  • Sima Tafreshi – Columbia
  • Maryann Vlahos – Harvard
  • Joanna Walska – Columbia
  • Mariel Webber – SUNY Buffalo
  • Jason Wong – Tufts
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Get in touch with us!

Applicants invited for interview will be notified by email. For additional information on how to apply contact William Stewart, DDS.

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