Department of Pediatric Dentistry

Predoctoral Program

The aim of the Pediatric Dentistry predoctoral program is to introduce students to basic principles of pediatric care and teachings through lectures, workshops, and clinical rotations. Pediatric instruction is offered in the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th years as a dental student.

Year 2-Pediatric Dentistry/Growth & Development

The goal of the course in Pediatric Dentistry is to introduce the second year student to the basic concepts of dental care for the child patient through lectures, pre-clinical workshops and in the clinical assisting of more advanced students. Topics covered in the course include: craniofacial growth mechanisms, craniofacial growth related to body growth, development of the dentition, development of occlusion, radiographs in pediatric dentistry, restorative dentistry for the pediatric patient, early childhood caries, cariology and prevention, the treatment of deep caries and pulp therapy, periodontal treatment of the pediatric patient, special health care needs patients, local anesthesia and oral surgery for the pediatric patient, prevention and interception of malocclusion, space maintenance and regaining, the premature loss of primary teeth, anterior and posterior cross-bites, ankylosis and ectopic eruption, behavior management in pediatric dentistry, craniofacial abnormalities, acquired and developmental disturbances, traumatic injuries to the dentition, history taking, examination and treatment planning for the pediatric patient.

Years 3 and 4

The goals of the seminars and clinical rotations in Pediatric Dentistry are to expose the student to the clinical care of infants, children and adolescents. The topics and clinical activities specifically focus on: comprehensive diagnosis and treatment planning, infant oral health care, preventive strategies (oral prophylaxis, fluoride application, pit and fissure sealants), radiographs in pediatric dentistry, local anesthesia for the pediatric patient, pulp therapy, trauma, restorative dentistry for primary and young permanent teeth, minor oral surgery, behavior management, and the prevention and interception of malocclusion due to the premature loss of primary teeth or other etiologies requiring minor orthodontic care.

Postdoctoral Program in Pediatric Dentistry

The Advanced two year Certificate Program in Pediatric Dentistry trains dentists in the specialty in accordance with the guidelines set forth by the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. In order to fulfill the mission, the student is educated in the biomedical sciences and the supporting clinical sciences to the extent that the student is proficient in providing both primary and comprehensive preventive and therapeutic oral health care for infants and children through adolescence, including those with special health care needs.

The didactic experiences include course work in the basic and clinical sciences, seminar and laboratory sessions, an independent, written research project presented to the faculty, and preparing for the written examination of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. The clinical sciences include: outreach community services, operating room services, anesthesia, adolescent dentistry, pediatrics, medically compromised patients, conscious sedation, hospital dentistry, and presenting clinical cases to the standards of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.

Overall, we wish to produce clinically proficient and scientifically adept graduates capable of diagnosing and treating all types of pediatric patients encountered in specialty practice. A Master of Science Program is offered for an additional year and includes some of the courses offered in the Certificate Program.

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Pediatric Dentistry Faculty


Cheen Loo, Assistant Professor and Interim Chair

Huw Thomas, Professor and Dean of Tufts University School of Dental Medicine

Nour Faith Gowharji, Assistant Professor

Mohammad Magdi Hassan, Assistant Professor

Nooruddin Adruddin Pradhan, Assistant Professor

Robert Zee, Assistant Professor


Laura Castro, Associate Clinical Professor

Melita Laskou, Associate Clinical Professor

Alfred Rich, Associate Clinical Professor

Marjan Askari, Assistant Clinical Professor

Stuart Gould, Assistant Clinical Professor

Diba Dastjerdi, Clinical Instructor

Gerald Swee, Clinical Instructor


Leonard Carapezza, Associate Clinical Professor

Joseph O’Donnell, Associate Clinical Professor

David Tesini, Associate Clinical Professor

Arnold Weiss, Associate Clinical Professor

John Ficarelli, Adjunct Assistant Professor

Christina Zervou, Adjunct Assistant Professor

William Chan, Assistant Clinical Professor

Manoush Darvish, Adjunct Intructor

Martin Kaplan, Clinical Instructor

Rocio Saavedra, Clinical Instructor

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