Residency in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery at North Shore-LIJ Health System

About us

The Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at North Shore-LIJ Health System sponsor both a six-year medical degree integrated training program and a four year training program in oral and maxillofacial surgery. Both programs allow the resident to attain board eligibility in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. The six-year curriculum also includes obtaining an medical degree and completion of one year as a general surgical resident, which qualifies the graduate for medical licensure in most states.

The programs provide a strong foundation in basic oral and maxillofacial surgery, including ambulatory anesthesia, dentoalveolar surgery and management of odontogenic infections. There is also extensive experience in tertiary surgical care, such as hard and soft tissue, oral and maxillofacial trauma, orthognathic, reconstructive and temporomandibular joint surgery. Upon completion of the program, the trainees are prepared for entry into private practice, academic programs or fellowships.

Six-year program outline
Year I Anesthesia - 4 months/Medical School in December
Year II Second Year Medical School
Year III Third Year Medical School
Year IV Fourth Medical School/General Surgery
Year V General Surgery/Junior OMFS Resident
Year VI Chief OMFS Resident

Four-year program outline
Year I Anesthesia - 4 months 
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery - 8 months
Year II Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Junior Resident - 6 months
Medical and Surgical rotations - 6 months
Year III Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Senior Resident - 4 months
Medical or Surgical rotations - 2 months
Expanded Opportunity - 6 months (may be Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery)
Year IV Chief OMFS Resident


Clinical and Applied Didactic Education

Each center provides full-time and part-time teaching staff to guide the residents in the clinic, the emergency room, at the bedside and in the operating rooms. Each facility contributes uniquely to the overall training experience by providing differences in case load and intensity, which is essential to the well-balanced training experience required by contemporary oral and maxillofacial surgeons.

Medical School

Any offer of admission will be provisional pending receipt and validation of all materials requested. The submission of false or misleading information int he application materials or in connection with the application process shall be grounds for rejection. If such submission is discovered after the rendering of an offer of admission, matriculation in the school of medicine or the award of the degree, it shall be grounds for withdrawal of the acceptance offer, dismissal, or the rescission of the degree.

Upon completion of the degree requirements at the midpoint of the program's fourth year, the resident will begin a 12-month experience in general surgery designed to prepare the resident for the final years of specialty training. During the final two years of training, each resident will return to the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Service and assume educational and patient care assignments at the following institutions:

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

The chief and senior residents operate on all major oral and maxillofacial surgery cases and are responsible for all aspects of patient care. Senior residents assume teaching functions in relation to the oral and maxillofacial surgery first-year residents. Working with the attending staff, these residents participate in the lecture series, in the preparation of material for clinicopathological conferences and in the presentation of cases at grand rounds and staff conferences. Senior/Chief residents also participate in the teaching of pre-doctoral students at the School of Dental Medicine at Stony Brook during this rotation. During the six years, it is expected that each resident will participate in a research project and must prepare a scholarly paper annually that is suitable for publication or presentation at a national meeting.


The program has achieved success in the placement of its residents in desirable positions after the completion of training. Successful certification of our graduates by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons is a hallmark of the program. An active alumni association meets yearly and provides a link between past graduates and the current program, providing educational and social interaction.

The training programs provide a graduated oral and maxillofacial surgery experience with increasing responsibilities and opportunities as residents advance through the program. The School of Medicine at the State University of New York at Stony Brook has achieved a record of educational excellence.

Applications for the six year program are jointly reviewed by the medical school and by Long Island Jewish Medical Center. Successful applicants will receive advanced standing acceptance into the second year of medical school. Medical students are required to pass Step I of the National Medical Licensing Examination prior to entering the third-year medical school curriculum. The program maintains its administrative base within the Department of Dental Medicine at the Long Island Jewish Medical Center, one of the tertiary centers of the North Shore-LIJ Health System. The facilities utilized for the residents' clinical training consist primarily of the Long Island Jewish Medical Center, the adjacent Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children's Medical Center of New York, the University Hospital at Stony Brook and the Northport Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

Our faculty

Michael E. Lessin, DDS

  • Chief of Division of Dental Medicine - Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Long Island Jewish Medical Center
  • Program Director - Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery of Dental Medicine - Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Long Island Jewish Medical Center
  • Professor, Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine
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Gerardo Pasquale Romeo, DDS, MD

Additional faculty

Arlene Rodriguez, DDS, MD

Chief of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery at VA-Northport

Allan J. Kucine, DDS

Acting Chair, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

SUNY Stony Brook, School of Dental Medicine

Anthony James Casino, DDS

Our residents

  • Vishal Agrawal- UCLA Los Angeles
  • Robert Bacigalupo - SUNY Stony Brook
  • Aaron Brinster - University of Michigan
  • Brian Carkner - SUNY Stony Brook
  • Daniel Fleischman - Columbia University
  • Jeffrey Goetz - NYU
  • Vasilios Kostakis - Columbia
  • George Levine - Columbia
  • Robert Lynn - Boston University
  • Seth Matton - University of Connecticut
  • Drew Nunziata - Boston University
  • Brendan O'Rourke - Columbia
  • Jonathan Peri - UCLA
  • Mitchell Steinberg - SUNY Stony Brook
  • Daniel Sultan - Columbia
  • Anis Tebyanian - University of Connecticut 

Application process

Applicants interested in the oral and maxillofacial surgery training program at North Shore-LIJ Health System should apply through the American Dental Education Association postdoctoral application support service (ADEA PASS), which allows applications starting July 1.

No applications are reviewed after Oct. 15.

Essential application information includes:

  • Common application form
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Dental school transcript
  • Personal statement
  • Dean’s letter
  • Two(2) letters of recommendation
  • ECFMG Status Report, if applicable

Helpful links

Training locations

Long Island Jewish Medical Center

Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
270-05 76th Avenue
New Hyde Park, NY 11040
Phone: (718)470-7113
Fax: (718) 347-4118

School of Dental Medicine

State University of New York at Stony Brook
Stony Brook, NY 11794-8700
Phone: (631) 632-8900