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Orthodontics Residency



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

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.

Our Residents' Research

  • Evaluation of Carriere distalizer treatment. Abi-Nahed, J. 2011
  • Evaluation of buccal bone support associated with the Damon bracket system. Abi-Nahed, G. 2010
  • Unilateral disk displacement and cranial base growth. Chen, R. 2011
  • CBCT evaluation of external apical root resorption. Dietrich, J. 2011
  • Molar distalization using reciprocal anchorage. Figueroa, A. 2011
  • Evaluation of mandibular assymmetry in patients with posterior crossbite using cone-beam computed tomography 3-D cephalmoetric analysis. Nicolucci, C. 2011.
  • Maturational development of the nose profile during adolescence. Sullivan, JP. 2011
  • Effects of specific treatment plan objectives on space analysis. Battiste, M. 2010
  • Correlates of craniofacial form and the oropharyngeal airway. Haskell, J. 2010
  • Cephlometric evaluation of skeletal and dental characteristics as related to openbite, normal bite and deep bite with an emphasis on Bjork's seven structural signs of mandibular rotation. Kieser, Y. 2010
  • Skeletal and dental characteristics of asymptomatic and symptomatic TMJ subjects. Lim, T. 2010
  • Three dimensional analysis of bilateral cleft lip and palate patients treated with nasoalveolar molding. Roland, R. 2010

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