Periodontics Certificate

One of the most balanced programs in the country, the periodontics certificate at UB’s School of Dental Medicine allows students some flexibility in distributing their time between research and clinical training. Students get four weeks per year for their summer enrichment program, providing the opportunity to either do more research or more clinical training, whether locally or in another place of their choice.

Fall 2019 Enrollment

The application deadline for this cycle has passed.

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About the Program

The advanced education program in Periodontics has trained specialists for careers as academicians, scientists, and clinicians for more than 40 years. The clinical phase of the Periodontics program is offered in conjunction with either of two research programs: Periodontics/M.S. in Oral Sciences or Periodontics/Ph.D. in Oral Biology. Admission to these programs is highly competitive. In both tracks, clinical certification and awarding of the degree are both priorities.

For Admitted Applicants Only

The regular Periodontics Clinical Advanced Education Program must be conducted concurrently with either the MS or PhD program. If admitted into the Periodontics program, the applicant will be required to submit a completed application to either the Oral Sciences MS or Oral Biology PhD program by the February 1 deadline. Acceptance into the research program is a separate process.

Periodontics/M.S. in Oral Sciences Program

Students primarily interested in careers as clinical specialists may choose the program in Periodontics combined with the MS in Oral Sciences, although the combination of postgraduate training in Periodontics with other appropriate degree programs — such as the MS in Biomaterials — can be arranged. This arrangement affords the opportunity to complete didactic training and a research project in preparation for careers in specialty practice, industry or academics.

The research component of the Periodontics/MS in Oral Sciences Program is administered through the office of Dr. Ernesto DeNardin (716-829-3998). This track usually requires three or four years to complete, depending on the interests of the student, and involves research in a variey of areas at the Master’s level.


Stipends are available to graduates of U.S. or Canadian dental schools (and to foreign graduates of those schools with visas enabling them to work in the U.S.). However, the possibility of financial support exists for all students in this track during the second and subsequent years of the program from teaching assistantships, or from individual faculty mentors with research funds.

Periodontics/Ph.D. Oral Biology Program

Students primarily interested in careers as academicians and research scientists may choose the program in Periodontics combined with the PhD in Oral Biology or other academic departments. In this track, the first year usually is devoted to course work applicable to the PhD program. Thereafter, the PhD and Clinical Periodontics requirements are satisfied concurrently. The Periodontics/PhD Program typically requires 5 to 6 years to complete. Students perform research and complete a thesis in fulfillment of the PhD degree.

The PhD in Oral Biology is administered by Dr. Mira Edgerton.


Students on this track are usually supported by research grants funded by the National Institute for Dental Craniofacial Research.

Please note that NIDCR support is available only to U.S. citizens, or to those persons with Permanent Resident status. However, support for non-citizens ineligible for NIDCR fellowships usually is available from teaching assistantships, or from individual faculty mentors with research funds.


The program in periodontics 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

Additional Training Opportunities

International Advanced Dental Education Program for Foreign Faculty

The International Advanced Dental Education Program for Foreign Faculty program is designed for applicants who are supported by their government, a hospital, or similar facility, and who intend to return to their country and engage in teaching, research or institutional practice. This program is academically equivalent to the Clinical Periodontics/MS Program. Since students are supported by their government or hospital, there is no additional funding available from the School of Dental Medicine.

Application Process

If you wish to apply to the International Advanced Dental Education Program for Foreign Faculty, follow the regular Application Instructions for the Periodontics/MS in Oral Sciences Program, but indicate your interest in the International Program on the application.

Visiting Scholar Program

The Visiting Scholar Program is for applicants interested in an externship or customized continuing education rotation in clinical periodontics, and does not lead to a Certificate of Proficiency of graduate degree. However, a Certificate of Completion is awarded. The Visiting Scholar Program essentially is a custom-designed continuing education program that can be arranged according to the applicant's interests, and is very flexible with regard to time and content (e.g., one month to 1 or more years). The program may involve clinical or basic sciences, teaching, research, or various combinations of those components. Tuition is variable (depending on the length of the program), and financial support is not available.

Application Process

If you are interested in the Visiting Scholar Program, please send a letter (or email) of intent directly to Dr. Othman Shibly, 250 Squire Hall, Department of Periodontics and Endodontics, University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY 14214-8006. We will forward the appropriate application form and arrange program details, determine program costs, and provide any additional information required.

Program Faculty

Distinguished Professors

Joseph P. Breloff

Clinical Instructor

Department of Periodontics and Endodontics

250 Squire Hall

Phone: (716) 829-3845

Email: Breloff, Joseph


Sebastian Ciancio

Distinguished Service Professor and Chairman

Department of Periodontics and Endodontics

250E Squire Hall

Phone: (716) 829-3848


"joseph zambon"

Joseph Zambon

Dean, SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor

Department of Periodontics and Endodontics

325 Squire Hall

Phone: (716) 829-2460; Fax: (716) 833-3517




Robert Cohen


Department of Periodontics and Endodontics

250F Squire Hall

Phone: (716) 829-3845


Michael Levine

Clinical Professor

Department of Periodontics and Endodontics

250 Squire Hall

Phone: (716) 829-3845


Associate Professors


Robert Schifferle, DDS, PhD

Associate Professor

Department of Periodontics and Endodontics; Department of Oral Biology

318 Foster Hall

Phone: (716) 829-2013


Clinical Professors


Othman Shibly

Clinical Professor, Asst. Dean for Diversity and Inclusion

Department of Periodontics and Endodontics

250E Squire Hall

Phone: (716) 829-3845


Clinical Assistant Professors


Lisa Yerke

Clinical Assistant Professor

Department of Periodontics and Endodontics

250G Squire Hall

Phone: (716) 829-3845


Assistant Professors


Abhiram Maddi, DDS, PhD

Assistant Professor

Department of Periodontics and Endodontics

250B Squire Hall, Buffalo, NY 14214

Phone: (716) 829-6182; Fax: (716) 829-6840



Required Clinical Courses for all Periodontics Postgraduate Residents

  • PER 912 Advanced Periodontics Clinic (6 credit hours per semester; 8 semesters)
  • PER 922 Hospital Practice of Periodontics (0.5 credit hour; 2 semesters)
  • PER 930 Supervised Teaching in Periodontics (1 credit hour per semester; 3 clinic hours/week; 4 semesters. The teaching requirement may be partially waived for Ph.D. residents).

Required Clinical Sciences Courses for all Periodontics Postgraduate Residents

  • PER 603 Seminars in Periodontal Biology (2 credit hours; length of program/1 cycle)
  • PER 907 Hospital Anesthesiology/Conscious Sedation (4 credit hours; 1 semester)
  • PER 910 Advanced Periodontics Tutorial (1 credit hour; 2 semesters)
  • PER 914 Postgraduate Treatment Planning (1 credit hour; length of program)
  • PER 916 Conjoint Clinical Sciences (0.5 credit hour; length of program)
  • PER 917 Critical Analysis of Literature in Periodontics (length of program)
  • PER 978 Seminar in Dental Pharmacology (0.5 credits)
  • OSU 963 Nitrous Oxide Sedation (1 credit hour; 1 semester)
  • ORB 545* Dynamics of Bone (2.0 credits)
  • ODS 514 Anatomy and Physiology of the Masticatory System (3.0 credits)
  • ODS 971 Oral Diagnosis and Oral Medicine (1.0 credit).
  • CLD946 Diagnosis, Treatment Planning, Surgery and Prosthodontics of Clinical Implant Dentistry (0.5 credit hour; length of program)
  • CLD 947 Seminars in Implant Dentistry (0.5 credit hour; length of program)
  • CLD 948 Implant Dentistry Tutorial (1 credit hour; 1 semester)
  • CLD 949 Implant Dentistry Journal Study Club (0.5 credit hour; length of program)
  • ODS 535 Advanced Oral Pathology (2 credits)
  • OSC 506 Biomaterials (1 credit)
  • OS 518 Biostatistics/Biostatistics Laboratory (4 credits) or †STA527 Statistics for Biologists
  • GSC 637* Graduate Professional Ethics or PMY528* Research Ethics
  • CLD 555 Head and Neck Anatomy

Course options will be determined in conjunction with the Program Director to accommodate the individual needs and research goals of the resident.

Basic Sciences Courses for Periodontics/Ph.D or Periodontics/M.S. Residents

Additional in depth didactic training in 1) Immunology, 2) Molecular Biology and Genetics, 3) Microbiology and Microbial Physiology, and 4) Biochemistry and Cellular Biology is a requirement of the Advanced Education Program in Periodontics. This training will be provided through comprehensive, graduate level courses in consultation with each resident’s graduate (Ph.D./M.S.) and thesis committees.

Residents have the freedom to choose among the various courses in each of those subjects that may be offered by the School of Dental Medicine, the School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Roswell Park Memorial Institute, and other graduate Departments. Review of course syllabi where indicated and approval of the selection of basic science courses will be performed after consideration of each Resident’s research program, research interests, and performance. Approval of each basic science course must be obtained from the Program Director.

Examples of basic science courses that may be considered are as follows:


  • OSC 504† Oral Immunology
  • PTH 655† Cellular Immunology
  • BIO 568† Molecular Immunology
  • MIC 512 General Immunology

Molecular Biology and Genetics

  • BCH 608* Gene Expression/Genomics/Bioinformatics
  • ORB 509† Genetics of Oral Diseases
  • BIO 566† Molecular Pharmacology
  • BIO 501 Advanced Molecular Biology

Microbiology and Microbial Physiology

  • ORB 517* Oral Microbial Ecology
  • MIC 644† Molecular Virology

Biochemistry and Cellular Biology

  • BMS 501* Cell Biology I
  • BMS 503* Principles of Biochemistry
  • BMS 505* Cell Biology IIA-Dynamics in Cell Interactions
  • BMS 506* Cell Biology IIB-Cell Growth, Differentiation, and Transformation
  • BCH 507* Protein Structure/Function/Proteomics/Bioinformatics
  • ORB 510* Saliva and Salivary Glands
  • PGY 505† Cell and Membrane Physiology
  • BIO 504 Advanced Cellular Biology

Research and Laboratory

  • (varies) Research
  • (varies) Thesis Guidance

*(These courses may be necessary for Ph.D./Periodontics students in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Ph.D. program in Oral Biology.)

†(These courses are acceptable selective courses for Ph.D./Periodontics students in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Ph.D. program in Oral Biology.)

Please note that while matriculating for a graduate degree, the requirements of such programs will have course requirements that are distinct from those noted above; in some cases, there will be overlap.

Cost of Attendance

Advanced Education General Expenses, 2018/2019 School Year *

  NY State Resident Out of State US Resident International Non US Resident
University Tuition $11,090 $22,650 $22,650
University Fees      
Student Activity  $128 $128 $128
Academic Excellence $475 $475 $475
Comprehensive  $2,051 $2,051 $2,051
Medical Insurance $2,210 $2,210 $1,450
Books & Supplies $1,392 $1,392 $1,392
Clinic Mgmt. System (CMS) ** $9,000 $9,000 $9,000
Post-Graduate *** $7,000 $7,000 $7,000
International Student     $200
Sub Total $22,256 $22,256 $21,696
Total Tuition and Fees  $33.346 $44,906 $44,346
All Endodontics students: Add $2,000 for sterilization and equipment fees  $35,346 $46,906 $46,346
Estimated Living Expenses      
Personal expenses $1,830 $1,830 $1,830
Transportation $1,732 $1,732 $1,732
Living Allowances $18,201 $18,201 $18,201
Total Living Expenses $21,763 $21,763 $21,763
TOTAL TUITION AND OTHER EXPENSES $55,109 $66,669 $66,109

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.

CMS Fee**: Covers dental instrument sterilization, maintenance & replacement and to support clinic computing costs.  Does not apply to students in TMD/Orofacial Pain and Oral Pathology. 

Post-Graduate Fee***: For expenditures, equipment, computers, instruments, and supplies needed for higher level course instruction. Does not apply to Oral Pathology students.

Please note:

  1. * The Advanced Education General Expenses Budget applies to students in the following clinical programs: Endodontics, Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Orofacial Pain, Orthodontics, Periodontics and Prosthodontics.  Advanced Education students enrolled in other programs should refer to the Graduate Student Budget published by the University.
  2. Most clinical certificate programs are subject to additional expenses; please contact your program director to determine costs.
  3. The tuition and fee rates shown are subject to change without prior notice pending official approval from the SUNY Board of Trustees.

Additional Expenses

Application Information

Fall 2019 Applicants — Important Dates

Step Date(s)
Applications Accepted May 1, 2018 - August 31, 2018
Interviews Based on rolling admission, starting in June
Acceptance Notices Sent Starting September 1, 2018

How to Apply

Applications must be completed by August 31st of the year prior to admission (i.e. August 31, 2017 for Fall 2018 admission).

The program does not participate in the national PASS or Match programs.

To apply, please submit all documents listed below on-line in GRADMIT. Your application will not be complete until these items have been received and you have submitted your application for formal review.


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

Advanced Education Admissions 
(716) 829-2839

Required (All Applicants)

1. The On-line Application

  • Please complete all questions on the application completely and accurately.
  • You must complete the International On-Line Application if you are an international student who is not an immigrant, regardless of where you graduated from dental school; check the box for "International Applicant" after selecting degree program on the Interactive Graduate Application Site (GRADMIT)
  • You must complete the Domestic On-Line Application if you are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the U.S., regardless of where you graduated from dental school

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

  • Once you have submitted your online application for formal review, you will be able to pay the application fee by credit/debit card only. Your application cannot be reviewed until the fee has been paid. Please note that the $50 application fee is non-refundable.

3. CV / Resume

4. Letters of Recommendation

  • Two letters of recommendation and a Dean's letter (if graduated from a US or Canadian dental school), otherwise three letters of recommendation.
  • Recommendation letters must be uploaded electronically:
  • In the recommendation section of this online application, you submit three referees with their email addresses. They will receive an email notification to electronically submit an online recommendation only after you submit your application for formal review.

5. Unofficial transcripts from EVERY college/university attended

  • If you are accepted into the program you will be asked to submit original transcripts with proper signatures, seals or stamps. Academic documents that are not in English must be accompanied by an exact, certified translation. International applicants please include copy of certificate with proof of degree.

6. Unofficial NBDE Scores

  • Unofficial scores from the National Board Dental Examination (US dental school graduates) Part I and/or Part II (optional for graduates of international dental schools)

Additional Requirements — International Applicants

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

1. Unofficial TOEFL Score Report That Meets Requirements

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.

  •  If you are accepted into the program you will be asked to submit original TOEFL score reports.

2. UB Financial Form / Bank Documents

  • 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.

Interview and Admissions Process

Program interviews will be offered to selected candidates following review of completed applications by the Admissions Committee. The program is unable to accommodate interview or tour requests prior to Admissions Committee review.

Space is limited and there is a rolling admissions process for the combined Periodontics/PhD and Periodontics/MS Programs. For those tracks, positions will be filled as suitable candidates are identified.  


Advanced Ed

Advanced Education Admissions

Phone: 716-829-6927; Fax: 716-829-2731


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