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Dental Medicine - Residency Program

Donald R. Ratcliffe, DDS
Chairman, Department of Dentistry
Program Director, General Practice Residency Programs

Dr. Ratcliffe is a graduate of the General Practice Residency Program in 1980, returned to the attending staff in 1983 and has served as General Practice Residency Program Director from 1992 to 2011 and Chairman of the Department of Dentistry since 2005. He has the overall responsibility of both residency programs and the departments operations.

In addition to the Chairman position, he serves as the department's director of prosthetics and special study cases.

He graduated from the New York University College of Dentistry in 1979 and was elected into OKU. Additionally, he was the recipient of the Arthur Hull Award of Endodontics, the Academy of Operative Dentistry's Achievement Award, and the American Academy of Oral Medicine Merit Award. He is currently a member American College of Dentistry, the International College of Dentistry, the New York Academy of Dentistry, the American Association of Hospital Dentists, the Special Care Density Association, the American Society of Osseointegration, the American College of Oral Implantaology, the American Academy of Implant Dentistry and the American Dental Association.

In 1997, Dr. Ratcliffe was honored by the department's highest award, the Dr. William P. Lavori Award for Professional Excellence, and in 2004 received the department's Dr. Alfonso Fressola Humanitarian Award. He is currently on the faculty for the University of Pennsylvania School of Dentistry and Columbia University College of Dental Medicine.

The department of dentistry's Special Care Section owes much to Associate Director, Steven Ratner, DDS

Dr. Ratner is director of the Special Care Program and has been acknowledged for his leadership in this field.

In 1985, Dr. Ratner was awarded a fellowship in the Academy of Dentistry for the Handicapped. The fellowship committee expressed its recognition of the clinical protocols he provided in treating the mentally and physically disabled. In 1990, SIUH presented to him the Dr. William P. Lavori Award for Professional Excellence. He was the award's first recipient, so named for the department's director emeritus. Dr. Ratner's dental education was completed at the New York University College of Dentistry. His academic interests include a teaching appointment at the Columbia University School of Dentistry.

His professional memberships coincide with his special interests and include the Academy of Geriatric Dentistry, the Academy of Dentistry for the Handicapped and the American Analgesia Society. Dr. Ratner has been awarded fellowships in the New York Academy of General Dentistry and the American College of Dentists.

Associate Director David C. Hoffman, DDS, Director of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

Dr. Hoffman directs program development for the department and heads up the cleft lip and palate program. He is an oral and maxillofacial surgeon credited with major cranio facial reconstructions.

Dr. Hoffman has participated in a national study to test a new prosthetic TM joint that is sized by computer to duplicate the patient's own joint. He has become a nationally recognized lecturer in TM arthroscopy and treatment. Dr. Hoffman holds a patent on a prosthetic TM joint.

Dr. Hoffman is a Fellow of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, the American Cleft Lip and Palate Association and the National Council for International Health, among others. He is certified by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and serves on the faculty of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, and Downstate Medical Center.

A 1978 graduate of Staten Island University Hospital's General Dentistry program, Dr. Hoffman's residency in oral and maxillofacial surgery was completed at the University of Texas Health Science Center's Parkland Memorial, Dallas, and John Peter Smith Hospitals, Ft. Worth.


Program Director of the Pediatric Dentistry Residency Program, Steven Schwartz, DDS

Dr. Schwartz maintained a private pediatric dentistry practice for over 30 years. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. He is the author of numerous clinical and practice management articles and popular lecturer and consultant.

His teaching career spans over three decades with faculty positions at New York University College of Dentistry, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and Staten Island University Hospital.

He has been actively involved in organized dentistry. He is a past president of the Richmond County Dental Society and the New York Association of Pediatric Dentists.

Active Teaching Staff

Joseph Abbadessa, DDS
Mouner Amer, DDS
Genrietta Arakelova, DDS
John Atlas, DDS
Mark Castanza, DDS
Michael Costa, DMD
Jeremiah D’Anna, DDS
Michael D'Anna, DDS
Patricia Dibos, DMD
Giorgio DiVincenzo, DMD
Michael Donato, DMD
Michelle Flanigan, DDS
Michelle Giumenta, DDS
Panigiotis Glavas, DDS
Deborah Gries, DMD
David Hoffman, DDS
Rachel Iospa, DMD
Sukhijit Kaur, DDS
Minah Kim, DMD
Peter Koys, DDS
Peter Kullman, DDS
John Lavinio, DDS
Charles Leo, DDS
Anthony LoPresti, DDS
Christopher Madison, DDS
Joel Manley, DDS
Phyllis Merlino, DDS
Rebecca Orlich, DDS
Donald Ratcliffe, DDS
Steven Ratner, DDS
Raymond Remuzzi, DDS
Steven Schwartz, DDS
Robert Seminara, DDS
Mark Severino, DDS
Dmitry Shapiro, DDS
Mark Stein, DDS
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