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Orthodontics Residency



Dr. Emile Rossouw, M.Ch.D., Ph.D.
Chair and Program Director (pictured to the right)

  • Two-year certificate program
  • Three-year combined program offering certification and a Master of Science degree
  • Six candidates accepted each yearDr. Emile Rossouw
  • Admission and eligibility

You’ll be exposed to a talented, diverse faculty, fellow residents, and clinical research to enrich your experience.

We develop graduates with clinical expertise, emphasizing diagnostics and the technical knowledge to rectify complex, multifaceted problems within the craniofacial complex.

Read Hot Seat, the division's newsletter for alumni, residents, faculty and staff.

Program Objectives

  • Develop an individual with clinical expertise in orthodontics.
  • Develop the diagnostic ability to evaluate the multifacets of a problem and provide the clinical acumen and technical knowledge to clinically rectify the problem.
  • Develop an individual with a strong biological orientation, having been exposed to the basic biological sciences and having learned to apply this knowledge to clinical principles and procedures.
  • Develop an individual capable of critically evaluating current research information and determining potential application to clinical principles and procedures.
  • Develop experience in clinical research methodology and provide basic training in clinical research.
  • Provide the opportunity to learn from, communicate with, and be constructively helpful to other professional disciplines.
  • Make individuals cognizant of limitations imposed by genetic predispositions and craniofacial growth discrepancies.

Clinical Activities

You will gain an understanding of differential diagnosis, growth measurement, treatment planning, and outcomes assessment; and toward evaluation and use of these concepts in relevant professional decision-making processes.

  • You will learn the correlation between didactic and clinical aspects of orthodontics.
  • You will better associate the biological aspects of the patient with the mechanical considerations of treatment.


Eastman Orthodontic Residents

  • Fundamental concepts of growth and development are studied together with basic human biology as it relates to the development of the craniofacial complex in terms of skeletal, soft tissue, and dento-alveolar structures.
  • A multidisciplinary approach lays a foundation for evidence-based analysis and treatment planning.
  • Residents are exposed to the diagnosis and treatment of congenital birth defects in the craniofacial region. Since 1955, treating patients with birth defects has been a cornerstone of the Eastman Dental curriculum and the clinical experience.
  • Residents learn to communicate with and assist other disciplines in the area.
  • Students are encouraged to attend national meetings.

See Orthodontic Course Listing


Residents are required to complete a clinical or basic science research project of publishable quality in an area of their interest.

Published Research by Residents and Faculty

  • Al-Shammery D, Michelogiannakis D, Ahmed ZU, et al. Scope of antimicrobial photodynamic therapy in orthodontics and related research: A review. Photodiagnosis Photodyn Ther. 2019;25:456-9.
  • Al-Shammery D, Michelogiannakis D, Rossouw E, Romanos GE, Javed F. Influence of psychological stress exposure on orthodontic therapy: A comprehensive review. J Investig Clin Dent. 2019;10:e12388.
  • Blumber-Franco K, Rossouw PE, Buschang PH, Campbell PM, Ceen RF. Post-retention assessment of the transverse dimension in class I crowding alignment utilizing the damon system-A pilot study. Semin Orthod. 2017;23:197-214.
  • Cousley RRJ, Bainbridge M, Rossouw PE. The accuracy of maxillary positioning using digital model planning and 3D printed wafers in bimaxillary orthognathic surgery. J Orthod. 2017;44:256-67.
  • De Oliveira NS, Rossouw E, Lages EMB, Macari S, Pretti H. Influence of clinical experience on accuracy of virtual orthodontic attachment bonding in comparison with the direct procedure. Angle Orthod. 2019;89:734-41.
  • Gupta B, Acharya A, Singh S, et al. Evaluation of jawbone morphology and bone density indices in panoramic radiographs of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor users: A preliminary study. Dentomaxillofac Radiol. 2019;48:20170360.
  • Gupta B, Singh S, Tallents RH, Rossouw E. Effects of bisphosphonates on orthodontic treatment and the TMJ: A systematic review. J Clin Orthod. 2017;51:471-8.
  • Jhamb T, Masood H, Arigo J, Rossouw PE. Orthodontic treatment in a patient with kniest dysplasia: A case study and review of literature. Cleft Palate Craniofac J. 2019:1055665619854617.
  • Lustig JK, Rossouw PE, Buschang PH, Behrents RG, Woody RD. Assessment of post-orthodontic occlusal contacts with wrap-around and clear overlay retainers. Semin Orthod. 2017;23:166-77.
  • Michelogiannakis D, Al-Shammery D, Akram Z, Rossouw PE, Javed F, Romanos GE. Influence of low-level laser therapy on orthodontically-induced inflammatory root resorption. A systematic review. Arch Oral Biol. 2019;100:1-13.
  • Michelogiannakis D, Al-Shammery D, Rossouw PE, et al. Influence of corticosteroid therapy on orthodontic tooth movement: A narrative review of studies in animal-models. Orthod Craniofac Res. 2018;21:216-24.
  • Michelogiannakis D, Rossouw PE, Al-Shammery D, et al. Influence of nicotine on orthodontic tooth movement: A systematic review of experimental studies in rats. Arch Oral Biol. 2018;93:66-73.
  • Michelogiannakis D, Vastardis H, Melakopoulos I, Papathanasopoulou C, Tosios KI. The challenge of managing patients with generalized short root anomaly: A case report. Quintessence Int. 2018;49:673-9.
  • Michelogiannakis D, Vorrasi JS, Kotsailidi EA, Rossouw PE. Interdisciplinary management of a class III anterior open bite malocclusion in a patient with cerebral palsy. J Oral Maxillofac Surg. 2018;76:2648.e1,2648.e15.
  • Michelogiannakis D, Rossouw PE, Fishman LS, Feng C. A cephalometric comparison of treatment effects and predictors of chin prominence in class II division 1 and 2 malocclusions with forsus fatigue-resistant fixed functional appliance. J World Fed Orthod. 2018;7:17-23.
  • Ngo CTT, Fishman LS, Rossouw PE, Wang H, Said O. Correlation between panoramic radiography and cone-beam computed tomography in assessing maxillary impacted canines. Angle Orthod. 2018;88:384-9.
  • Obamiyi S, Malik S, Wang Z, et al. Radiographic features associated with temporomandibular joint disorders among african, white, chinese, hispanic, and indian racial groups. Niger J Clin Pract. 2018;21:1495-500.
  • Obamiyi S, Wang Z, Sommers E, Rossouw PE, Michelogiannakis D. Overbite depth indicator and anteroposterior dysplasia indicator cephalometric norms for african americans. Angle Orthod. 2019. 
  • Said OT, Rossouw PE, Fishman LS, Feng C. Relationship between anterior occlusion and frontal sinus size. Angle Orthod. 2017;87:752-8.

Other Educational Opportunities

Programs leading to the Master of Science or Doctor of Philosophy degree
can be integrated with the clinical training program through the University of Rochester, or pursued independently.


Please see the Prospective Applicant letter for information about tuition and other fees.

Our Faculty

Program Coordinator

Karen Peck
Program Coordinator
Eastman Institute for Oral Heath
Division of Orthodontics & Orofacial Pain
625 Elmwood Ave. Box 683
Rochester, NY 14620