M.S. and Certificate in Orthodontics

This accredited 36-month program allows students to earn both a Master’s degree and a certificate.

Fall 2018 Enrollment

Applications: Accepted from May 17 — September 1, 2017

Held Fri. November 3 and Mon. November 6

Program Length:
36 months

Class size:

Master of Science, Certificate in Orthodontics

Start Date:
Second week of July

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About the Program

Since 1947, this program has prepared graduates for a career in clinical and/or academic orthodontics. Six residents start the program each year, and are exposed to extensive didactic, clinical and research experience and techniques with teaching requirements.

At the end of the program, residents are awarded with a Certificate of Advanced Study in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics and a Master of Science degree conferred by the University at Buffalo Graduate School. Residents also complete their clinical board cases and obtain board certification.


The program in orthodontics is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and has been granted the accreditation status of accredited without reporting requirements. The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at (312) 440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611. The Commission’s web address is www.ada.org/en/coda.

Program Requirements and Policies


  • Successful completion of the American Board of Orthodontics (ABO) written examination is mandatory.
  • 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.


The orthodontic department follows the policies and procedures as outlined by the University at Buffalo Graduate School. Available at: http://grad.buffalo.edu/study/progress/policylibrary.html

The 36-month program provides sufficient time for residents to complete the required Masters of Science degree in Orthodontics. It is mandatory for each resident to take and pass the written American Board of Orthodontics examination, (Part II). Residents are also required to submit 6 completed cases in the American Board of Orthodontics (ABO) format for grading. The goal is that residents will then submit these cases to the ABO itself and achieve board certification following graduation to demonstrate to the public that they have reached a superior level of ability in the specialty.

At all times, the faculty will place the quality of the education provided to the residents above all other considerations. The Department continually evaluates the program in both formative and summative ways. Each resident will be required to complete certain projects, which will count toward the grade he/she receives. They will also be required to treat a minimum number of patients and to present the records of these patients to a group consisting of faculty and fellow residents.

Teaching is a required element for the program and helps many of our graduates prepare for full- and part-time teaching roles following graduation. Residents spend at least 3 hours per week (on a rotating basis) teaching the basics of orthodontics to junior and senior dental students.

Record keeping is a legal requirement in all clinical disciplines and in this respect orthodontics is no different. Residents are required to document their work with each patient. Each resident must provide his or her own camera for use during the program. We would strongly advise you to purchase a suitable dental camera and learn how to use it in a clinical situation prior to beginning this orthodontic course.

All students/residents are required to be immunized against measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) according to New York State Public Health Law. New York State Public Health Law 2167 requires that students be informed about meningitis and be aware of the availability of the meningitis vaccine. See the Student Handbook for further information on Health Examination and Vaccination Requirements.

In April 2013, the New York State Department of Health issued an amendment to Public Health Law Sections 225, 2800, 2803, 3612, 1nd 4010, Title 10 (Health) of the Official Compilation of Codes, Rules and Regulations requiring all health care personnel, (by definition this includes students), in Article 28 facilities to either receive an annual vaccination against seasonal influenza or sign a declination by November 1 of each academic year. The primary goal of this regulation is to protect the health and safety of vulnerable patients, whose risk of serious adverse effects from influenza is high and to maintain a healthy workforce during flu season. Student Health Services hold seasonal flu vaccination clinics each fall as well as offers the flu vaccination as part of regular health services.

The school monitors the infection control practices of faculty, staff and student. Faculty and staff are required to complete mandatory infection control and compliance training on UB Edge centralized compliance software annually. Students receive annual training via an online course module, which faculty and staff can also use to meet their requirement.


Clinical Program

The UB orthodontic clinic fills a number of educational and therapeutic functions:

  • Provides the Western New York public with high-quality orthodontic care according to the standards demanded by the American Board of Orthodontics
  • Enables orthodontic patients to receive treatment by the residents in the Orthodontic Department under the care of highly skilled specialist orthodontists
  • Gives the residents 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 diplomate 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.


All residents are required to perform an approved, hypothesis driven research project and submit their work to the Graduate School in order to graduate with a Masters of Science degree.

Clinical Facilities

Twenty-one operatories equipped with a dental chair, high- and low-speed handpiece connections enable the department to have each resident assigned to a specific operatory. Much of the daily equipment and supplies are located within individual operatories for greater patient care efficiency.

To keep abreast of technology advancements, the clinic utilizes digital 3D intraoral scanning, diode lasers, and cone-beam computed tomography. Also, a 3D dental benchtop scanner of study models for clinical and research purposes is available within the department. 

A full-function orthodontic clinical laboratory, including an area for model fabrication and trimming room, is located near the clinic.

Residents are trained in the full spectrum of contemporary techniques with an emphasis on diagnosis and treatment planning. Among the techniques available are pre-adjusted edgewise appliances (both 0.018 and 0.022 slot size), removable appliances, orthopedic appliances, lingual, clear aligners, and temporary anchorage devices. 



Thikriat Al-Jewair

Clinical Assistant Professor & Program Director

Department of Orthodontics

140A Squire Hall

Phone: (716) 829-6190

Email: thikriat@buffalo.edu

Ilaf Al Mawaldi

Clinical Assistant Professor & Clinic Director

Department of Orthodontics

137 Squire Hall

Phone: (716) 645-3899

Email: ia6@buffalo.edu

Scott Conley

Department Chair

Department of Orthodontics

140 Squire Hall

Phone: (716) 829-6189

Email: rsconley@buffalo.edu


Stephen Aszkler

Clinical Assistant Professor

Department of Orthodontics

140B Squire Hall

Phone: (716) 829-2845

Email: aszkler@yahoo.com

Rebecca Falsafi

Clinical Assistant Professor

Department of Orthodontics

140B Squire Hall

Phone: (716) 829-2845

Email: drfalsafi@gmail.com

Rodney Littlejohn

Clinical Assistant Professor

Department of Orthodontics

140Squire Hall

Phone: (716) 829-2845

Email: rlittle5@rochester.rr.com

Stephen Warunek

Clinical Assistant Professor

Department of Orthodontics

140B Squire Hall

Phone: (716) 829-6191

Email: warunek@buffalo.edu


Albert Cavallari

Clinical Assistant Professor

Department of Orthodontics

140 Squire Hall

Phone: (716) 829-2845

Email: lkptortho2@yahoo.com

Ming-Yu Chen

Visiting Professor

Department of Orthodontics

Squire Hall

Phone: (716) 829-2871

Email: mingyuch@buffalo.edu

Kathryn Rand

Clinical Assistant Professor

Department of Orthodontics

140 Squire Hall

Phone: (716) 829-2845

Email: randbraces@hotmail.com

Marlin Salmon

Clinical Assistant Professor

Department of Orthodontics

140 Squire Hall

Phone: (716) 829-2845

Email: dr.salmon@hotmail.com

John Tibbetts

Clinical Assistant Professor

Department of Orthodontics

140 Squire Hall

Phone: (716) 829-2845

Email: drjrtibbetts@gmail.com

John Whiteman

Clinical Assistant Professor

Department of Orthodontics

140 Squire Hall

Phone: (716) 829-2845

Email: jreewhiteman@roadrunner.com

Brian Willison


Department of Orthodontics

140 Squire Hall

Phone: (716) 829-2845

Email: briwillison@greatlakesortho.com

Douglas Wright

Clinical Assistant Professor

Department of Orthodontics

140 Squire Hall

Phone: (716) 829-2845

Email: dfwright@buffalo.edu


Paul Ziarnowski

Clinical Assistant Professor

Department of Orthodontics

140 Squire Hall

Phone: (716) 829-2845

Email: pz@buffalo.edu

Current Residents

Class of 2018 
 Class of 2019 Class of 2020

Dr. Majd Hasanin

Dr. James Fraser Dr. Shruti Bajaj

Dr. Brian Hohlen

Dr. Kevin Kurtzner Dr. Lamia  Binhuwaishel

Dr. Sarah Kaplan*

Dr. Paige Riddle Dr. Charles Bond

Dr. Connie Lai

Dr. Dina Shibeika Dr. Stephanie Colaiacovo 

Dr. Rawan Nagshabandi

Dr. Ghadeer Abubotain Dr. Chia-Hua Pai

Dr. Xing Zhu

Dr. Khaled Taha Dr. Al-Shaheen Youssef
  Dr. Sami Tawila  

Class of 2018

Class of 2019

Class of 2020

Estimated Expenses

Advanced Education General Expenses, 2017/2018 School Year

  NY State Resident Out of State US Resident International Non US Resident
University Tuition $10,870 $22,210 $22,210
University Fees      
Student Activity  $128 $128 $128
Academic Excellence $375 $375 $375
Comprehensive  $1,920 $1,920 $1,920
Medical Insurance $2,100 $2,100 $2,100
Books & Supplies $1,438 $1,438 $1,438
Clinic Mgmt. System (CMS) $9,000 $9,000 $9,000
Post-Graduate $5,000 $5,000 $5,000
International Student     $200
Sub Total $19,961 $19,961 $20,161
Total Tuition and Fees  $30,831 $42,171 $42,371
All Endodontics students: Add $2,000 for sterilization and equipment fees  $32,831 $44,171 $44,371
Estimated Living Expenses      
Personal expenses $2,601 $2,601 $2,601
Transportation $2,156 $2,156 $2,156
Living Allowances $13,851 $13,851 $13,851
Total Living Expenses $18,608 $18,608 $18,608
TOTAL TUITION AND OTHER EXPENSES $49,439 $60,779 $60,979

Explanation of Fees

Activity Fee: Mandatory fee leveled by student's respective divisions.

Academic Excellence Fee: Mandatory fee used to enhance student academic support services,advisement, research opportunities, equipment, facilities, and scholarship. technology needs, new campus life initiative/improvements.

International Student Fee: ($100/Semester) Applicable to all matriculated international students.

Please note:

  1. The tuition and fee rates shown are subject to change without prior notice pending official approval from the SUNY Board of Trustees.
  2. Most clinical certificate programs are subject to additional expenses; please contact your program director to determine costs.

Additional Expenses

Application Information

MATCH & PASS Application

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

Fall 2018 Applicants — Important Dates

Step Date(s)
Applications Accepted May 17 - September 1, 2017
Interviews Fri. November 3 and Mon. November 6, 2017
Acceptance Letters Sent Out The MATCH results will be released November 29, 2017. Acceptance letters will be sent out within 10 days of the release of the MATCH results​.

How to Apply

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. The department also participates in the Postdoctoral Dental Matching program (MATCH).


If you have questions about the application process, please contact:

Ms. Kristin Yager
Advanced Education Admissions Coordinator
(716) 829-2839

Application Requirements

1. The On-line PASS Application

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

3. Evaluation Forms

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

4. Transcripts

  • Official DDS transcripts or foreign equivalent
  • Send 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.

6. GRE Score

  • Reported in ADEA PASS Application
  • Official score report NOT required
  • Do not send directly to the school

7. NBDE Scores

  • 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

  • Accepted but not required

Additional Requirements — International Applicants

In addition to the requirements listed above, please submit the following:

1. TOEFL Score Reported in ADEA PASS Application

TOEFL score report must be at or above minimum of 550 (written) / 213 (computer based) / 79 (internet based) or better obtained within eighteen months of the application deadline.

  • Official score report NOT required; do not send directly to the school.

2. UB Financial Form / Bank Documents (Required ONLY If Accepted Into The Program)

  • All International applicants must complete and upload to their application the UB financial form documenting all the sources of your financial support with the sponsor's signature. Official supporting documentation as outlined in the instructions must also be uploaded.
  • Official financial documents verifying scholarship support from your government if applicable. Upload in the Bank Documents section.
  • No certificate of eligibility will be issued without satisfactory financial documentation. Financial documentation is required for visa issuance only-documentation may be submitted after acceptance but I-20 documentation cannot be issued without it.

3. Photocopy of passport biographical page

4. Photocopy of your current I-20 AND the F-1 visa stamp in your passport if you are currently an F-1 student

* All documents become property of the University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine and are not returnable to the applicant.


Kristin Yager

Advanced Education Admissions Coordinator

Phone: (716) 829-6927

Email: sdmpg@buffalo.edu

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