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M.S. and Certificate in Orthodontics

Fall 2018 Applications will be accepted: May 17 - September 1

Interviews will be held Monday October 17, and Friday October 21.  

MATCH & PASS Application

All candidates should apply to the program through PASS and the MATCH.

Program Overview

This advanced dental education program for the specialty of Orthodontics is a three-year program (36 months) preparing our graduates for a career in clinical and/or academic orthodontics. The program is accredited by the ADA Commission on Dental Accreditation for Advanced Specialty Education Programs in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics. Six residents start the program each year. Residents are exposed to extensive didactic, clinical, and research experience with teaching requirements. Successful completion of the American Board of Orthodontics (ABO) written examination is mandatory. At the end of the program, residents are awarded with a Certificate of Proficiency in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics and a Master of Science degree conferred by the University at Buffalo Graduate School.

Travel opportunities for courses offered outside of the department’s curriculum are encouraged and, in some cases, required.  To broaden the learning experience, a medical teaching model is expected, whereby senior, junior, and first-year residents work as teams in conjunction with the faculty.  Independent thinking with mutual respect is strongly encouraged.

Clinical Program

The UB orthodontic clinic fills a number of educational, as well as therapeutic, functions.  The clinic provides the Western New York public with high quality orthodontic care according to the standards demanded by the American Board of Orthodontics.  The orthodontic patients are treated by the residents in the Orthodontic Department under the care of highly skilled specialist orthodontists.  

The orthodontic clinic provides the residents with a valuable opportunity to apply the latest treatment techniques while also providing the patients under their care with treatment that is of the highest caliber.  

The clinical course of instruction is designed to satisfy all of the requirements that make the orthodontic residents eligible for certification as a specialist and diplomat with the American Board of Orthodontics.

The postgraduate residents admitted to the orthodontic program are expected to demonstrate a high level of clinic proficiency and professionalism of the highest standard.  At the end of the three-year course, the residents are expected to graduate with a certificate of proficiency in orthodontics in conjunction with a Master of Science Degree in the same discipline.

Application Requirements

The University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine Orthodontics Program accepts application materials through the American Dental Education Association, Postgraduate Application Support Service (PASS). This service enables applicants to send an original copy of most application materials to PASS for distribution to all the programs that the applicant selects. PASS must receive application materials by September 1, 2017 for Fall 2018 admission.


Information and application materials for PASS can be obtained from:

Postgraduate Application Support Service (PASS)


SUNY at Buffalo Orthodontics Department participates in the Postdoctoral Dental Matching program (MATCH).


Information for Applicants:

1.    On-line: PASS Application

2.    $50.00 non-refundable application fee paid on: UBePay

3.    Three Professional Evaluation Forms (PEFs) from academic faculty and One Institutional Evaluation Form (IEF) (Dean's letter if graduated from a dental school in US or Canada) to ADEA PASS (do not send directly to the school).

4.      Official DDS transcripts or foreign equivalent to ADEA PASS (do not send directly to the school)

5.    Dental MATCH program code. All applicants must participate in the Postdoctoral Dental Matching program. For further information contact:

6.    GRE Score reported in ADEA PASS Application (Official score report NOT required; do not send directly to the school)

7.    NBDE Scores are to be reported on the IEF by the Dean's Office of your respective insitution; they are not to be self-reported.  Part I score report on IEF is required; Part II score is required prior to start of program. 

8.    ADAT exam scores are accepted but not required.



9.    TOEFL Score reported in ADEA PASS Application (Official score report NOT required; do not send directly to the school). Score must be at or above minimum of 550 (written) / 213 (computer based) / 79 (internet based) or higher and obtained within eighteen months of the application deadline.


*REQUIRED ONLY if Accepted into the program:  UB Financial Form will need to be completed.


If you have questions regarding the application process please contact:

Advanced Education Admissions Coordinator via e-mail: or phone (716) 829-6927.

Estimated Expenses



Almawaldi, Ilaf

137 Squire Hall




Clinical Assistant Professor & Clinic Director

Aszkler, Stephen

140B Squire Hall 




Clinical Assistant Professor

Cavallari, Albert P.

140 Squire Hall 




Clinical Assistant Professor 

Falsafi, Rebecca

140B Squire Hall 




Clinical Assistant Professor

Al-Jewair, Thikriat

140A Squire Hall 




Clinical Assistant Professor & Program Director


Littlejohn, Rodney

140B Squire Hall 




Clinical Assistant Professor

Rand, Kathryn

140 Squire Hall 




Clinical Assistant Professor

Salmon, Marlin

140 Squire Hall 




Clinical Assistant Professor

Tibbetts, John

140 Squire Hall 




Clinical Assistant Professor

Warunek, Stephen P.

140B Squire Hall 




Clinical Assistant Professor

Whiteman, John

140 Squire Hall 




Clinical Assistant Professor

Wright, Douglas

140 Squire Hall 




Clinical Assistant Professor

Ziarnowski, Paul

140D Squire Hall 




Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Orthodontics

Current Residents

 Class of 2017
Class of 2018 
 Class of 2019
Dr. Ashley Acevedo 

Dr. Majd Hasanin

 Dr. James Fraser
Dr. Lina Alhorabi 

Dr. Brian Hohlen

 Dr. Kevin Kurtzner

Dr. Douglas Henick 

Dr. Sarah Kaplan*

 Dr. Paige Riddle

Dr. Kevin Manzella*

Dr. Connie Lai

 Dr. Dina Shibeika
Dr. Valerie Snodgrass  

Dr. Rawan Nagshabandi

 Dr. Ghadeer Abubotain
Dr. Maysa Salti

Dr. Xing Zhu

 Dr. Sami Tawila