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Periodontology Residency

  • Open to graduates of US/Canadian and internationally trained dentists.
  • Three-year certificate program, approved by the Commission on Dental Accreditation.
  • Two to three residents/students accepted each year.
  • Admission and eligibility


Dr. Jack CatonJack G. Caton., D.D.S, M.S., is recognized as an international leader in periodontology. In 1993 he received the William Gies Award for his achievements in advancing research and therapeutics in periodontology. He is a diplomat of the American Board of Periodontology and served as director and chairman of the board. Dr. Caton is past president and fellow of the American Academy of Periodontology. In 2004, he received the highest award granted to a member of the Academy of Periodontology, the Gold Medal. He also received the Norton Ross award for excellence in dental research in 2009. Dr. Caton has also received the master clinician, distinguished educator and service awards of the academy.

Dr. Caton has been on the faculty of periodontics at the Eastman Institute for Oral Health since 1973, and the program director since 1990. He and his students have conducted research in periodontal wound healing, animal models, diagnosis, and human clinical trials. Caton has published over 120 scientific articles and book chapters.

Program Director

Dr. Alexandra TsigiridaDr. Tsigarida attended the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens- Dental School where she graduated with a Doctorate of Dental Surgery (DDS) in 2008. Following her dental training she moved to the United Kingdom where she practiced as a general dentist, serving in the National Health Service and private practice. A year later she entered the Periodontal program at the Ohio State University where she served as a chief resident. She received a Certificate in Periodontics and a Master of Science degree in 2013.

Throughout her training and practice, Dr. Tsigarida has been active in promoting dentistry through her involvement in dental research focusing on the microbiology of peri-implantitis. Her work has been published in peer-reviewed journals and received multiple awards in international research meetings. Dr. Tsigarida is a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology and an active member of several national dental organizations including the American Academy of Periodontology, Academy of Osseointegration, ITI (International Team for Implantology) and International Association of Dental Research.  Dr. Tsigarida served as an Assistant Professor at Kornberg School of Dentistry, Temple University from 2013-2015. She is currently an Assistant Professor and Program Director of the Department of Periodontology at Eastman Institute for Oral Health, a faculty member of the Prosthodontic Program and maintains a faculty practice limited to Periodontics.

Clinical Activities

Clinical training in periodontology and implantology is provided to develop and improve clinical skills. Case management is done with close consultation and assistance from faculty, and treatment rationale is emphasized. Each resident manages several cases under the combined supervision of the prosthodontic and periodontic programs; these cases are discussed at joint seminars.


Emphasis is placed upon a biologic orientation and application of these principles to the clinical management of periodontal diseases. Informal academic gatherings are arranged with outstanding teachers and investigators in periodontology and allied fields to provide a unique source of stimulation and knowledge.

Periodontology Course Listing


Residents assume responsibility for a research investigation; residents and faculty participate in research seminars that promote logical and critical scientific thought. Facilities for clinical and basic science research are available to all residents.

Other Educational Opportunities

Programs leading to the Master of Science or Doctor of Philosophy degree
are usually integrated with the clinical training programs, although they may be taken separately. The master of science program with a major in dental science requires 30 credit hours of course work, research and a thesis reporting on the results of an original investigation. Program requirements include one or more basic-science graduate courses in subjects relevant to the research, courses in appropriate areas of dental science, and participation in dental research seminars.

The Doctor of Philosophy degree program can be pursued independently or in a combined program with advanced clinical training. The latter program is designed to train clinician scientists for an academic and research career. The Ph.D. degree can be taken in the University's departments of anatomy, biochemistry, biology, microbiology and immunology, genetics, pharmacology, physiology, or biophysics.


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

Our Faculty

E. David Appelbaum, D.M.D.  
Jack Caton, D.D.S., M.S. Research: Periodontal wound healing, animal models, diagnosis, human clinical trials, dental implantology. Publications.
Bryan Frantz, D.M.D., M.S. Practice based research. Publications.
David Fraser, D.D.S., M.S.  
Linda Frantz, M. D.  
James Infantino, D.D.S.  
Spyros Karatzas, D.D.S., M.S.  
Vivien Kwok, D.D.S. Research: Evidence based reviews, practice based research.
Mary Ann Lester, D.M.D. Practice based research.
Roxanne Lowenguth, D.D.S., M.S.  
Sean Meitner, D.D.S. Practice based research. Publications
Dimitrois Papadimitriou, D.D.S.  
Howard Proskin, Ph.D., M.S.  
Erich Schmidt, D.M.D.  
Tal Rapoport, D.M.D.  
Paul Romano, D.D.S. Research: Dental implantology. Publications.
Georgios Romanos, D.D.S., Ph.D.  
Andre Shenouda, D.M.D.  
Alexandra Tsigarida, D.D.S., M.S.  
Thomas Zahavi, D.M.D., M.S. Research: Dental Implantology, practice based research. Publications.

Contact Us

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