Division Overview

The Division of Periodontology consists of didactic, clinical and research components. As a team, we offer our pre-doctoral students, post-graduate students and fellows outstanding opportunities for patient care, education and research. At the predoctoral level, the curriculum covers the pathobiology, diagnosis, prevention and treatment of periodontal diseases.

At the post-graduate level, the department offers strong clinical and didactic curriculum as well as research training in both periodontology and implantology in order to enable our graduates to pursue a career in clinical practice, teaching or research. A thorough knowledge of classic and current periodontal literature is stressed. The clinical training aspect of the program is designed to provide the students with a wide and diversified range of clinical experience.

Research has been an important department objective and includes a broad spectrum of basic and clinical science projects. The major research areas in the department include:

  • Pathogenesis of oral opportunistic infections in the immunocompromised host, i.e., aggressive periodontitis, HIV-periodontitis, oropharyngeal candidiasis.
  • Inflammation biology, cytokine biology, pathogenesis of periodontal inflammation in chronic periodontitis.
  • The interrelationship between periodontal inflammation and chronic systemic inflammatory disorders, i.e., atherosclerosis.
  • Clinical research in oral implantology including implant prognostic factors, efficacy of sinus floor elevation procedures and complications.

Academic Programs



Post-Graduate Level

The Division of Periodontology offers advanced training in basic sciences relevant to periodontology and clinical management of periodontal diseases. The philosophy of the Division encompasses varied approaches to the treatment of periodontal disease and the staff consists of individuals with a broad cross-section of necessary training and skills, including implantology and guided tissue regeneration techniques.

Program Description

The Division offers:

  • A 36-month clinically-oriented program leading to a Certificate of Proficiency in Periodontology.
  • A 36-month clinical and research program leading to a Certificate and M.Dent.Sc. degree.
  • A 60-plus month clinical and research program leading to a Certificate and Ph.D. degree in Biomedical Sciences.

Division courses include Pathobiology I & II, weekly literature review seminars and case conferences. Interdepartmental courses include functional oral anatomy, advanced oral histology, principles of oral microbiology and infections, biostatistics, evidence-based dentistry, sedation, epidemiology of oral diseases, and advanced oral pathology. Interdisciplinary courses include seminars with orthodontics, endodontics, prosthodontics and general dentistry. These didactic elements are combined with five half days of supervised patient care per week. An Anesthesiology rotation is provided in the first and second year of training.

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements include the following:

  • Completed application form.
  • $75 application fee payable to UConn Health Center.
  • Transcripts from all undergraduate and professional schools.
  • Three letters of recommendation and certificate of class standing.
  • Results of the National Dental Board Examinations and The Graduate Record Examination are encouraged.
  • TOEFL score in excess of 550 for paper-based or 79 for computer-based for all applicants from non-English speaking countries.

The application deadline is August 1 of the year preceding July 1 matriculation.

Financial Information

For more information, see the Resident Salaries, Stipends, Fees and Tuition page and the Financial Aid and Budget page.


International Fellowship Program in Advanced Periodontics

The Division of Periodontology offers an intensive full-time one-year periodontology program for international dentists who want to enhance their knowledge and skills in the field of periodontology. The fellowship program involves clinical, didactic and research training.

The Program Includes:

  • Lectures, seminars, and interdisciplinary patient care conferences
  • Clinical methodology based on evidence-based knowledge
  • Implantology and related basic and clinical research methodology

Courses, seminars, case conferences and literature reviews are identical to the ones offered in the Advanced Periodontology Residency Program. During the last six months of the program, the fellows may have the opportunity for hands on clinical training. The Division of Periodontology works closely with other divisions within the UConn School of Dental Medicine to provide a broad exposure to interdisciplinary patient care.

The Goals of the Program Include, But Are Not Limited to:

  • Expand the scope and depth of knowledge and clinical skills in periodontology and implantology so that fellows can provide comprehensive, advanced patient care.
  • Provide fellows with the analytical skills necessary for evaluation of current literature to ensure the capacity for continued, self-directed growth.
  • Prepare fellows for oral clinical, or research presentations.
  • Provide basic science (bench top) or clinical research experience.
  • Develop critical reading and writing skills.

The Fellowship Has Two Tracks:

Clinical Track: 100% of time spent in didactic and clinical activities.

Research Track: Minimum of 50% time devoted to bench top or clinical research, with the mentor of their choice. For a complete listing of faculty and their respective research programs, please visit our Division website. Remaining 50% time would be devoted to didactic and clinical activities as above.

The fellowship program is a non degree program. After completion of the program, fellows are eligible to apply for either a degree-granting program or the ADA accredited advanced training program in periodontics (residency program).

The tuition is $40,000 U.S dollars per year (12 months). A non-refundable deposit of $10,000 is required, payable within 20 days of acceptance into the program. The fellow will be responsible for all incidental fees and living expenses above and beyond the fellowship tuition.

No funds, scholarships, loans or grants are available for the fellowship program.

After successful completion of the program, fellows will receive a certificate confirming completion of an advanced one-year fellowship program in periodontology. This certificate does not serve as a specialty degree.

Application Process

Post-Graduate Application Form

International Fellowship Application

The program has two available positions per year, with a July 1 start date. (July 1 to June 30).

International applicants must be eligible for an appropriate visa to enter the United States.

Application requirements for the fellows include:

  • Clinical experience of 2 or more years after completion of a formal dental education program (D.D.S. or equivalent), accredited in their country; or
  • Graduation from a formal advanced periodontics program in their country

Applicants must provide an updated curriculum vitae, dental school transcripts of predoctoral and postdoctoral education (if applicable), as well as three letters of recommendation. An on site or telephone interview with the fellowship program director is required. An additional requirement would be an acceptable TOEFL score. No application fee is required.

Application Due Date: Applications may be received during any time of the year and will be considered for acceptance on a rolling basis. After the positions are filled, applications may be considered for the following year.

Cancellation Policy: Should the fellowship program be cancelled by the supporting Division, enrollees are entitled to a full refund, except for application fees.

Evaluation Policy: Once accepted into the program, the fellows will be continually monitored by means of:

  • Written examinations
  • Clinical assessment of hands on exercises
  • Clinical competency assessment
  • Case presentations
  • Scientific writing exercises

Dismissal Policy: As an approved advanced educational training program, standing policies and process for postdoctoral student/resident appeals apply to the fellowship program.

For more information contact:
Donna Bailey-Gates
Program Coordinator
Division of Periodontology
Phone: 860-679-2363
Fax: 860-679-1027

Send applications to:
Dr. Takanori Sobue
International Fellowship Program in Advanced Periodontics
Division of Periodontology
UConn School of Dental Medicine
263 Farmington Avenue
Farmington, CT 06030-1710
Phone: 860-679-8315
Fax: 860-679-1027


Division Chair
Anna Dongari-Bagtzoglou, D.D.S., M.S., Ph.D.
Professor and Chair
Graduate Program Director, Advanced Education Program in Periodontics

Assistant Professors In-Residence
Takanori Sobue, D.D.S, Ph.D.
International Fellowship Program Director in Advanced Periodontics

Sejal Thacker, D.D.S., M.S.
Assistant Graduate Program Director, Advanced Education Program in Periodontics

Professors Emeriti
James E. Kennedy, D.D.S., M.S., Dean Emeritus
Peter Robinson, D.D.S., Ph.D., Dean Emeritus
Clarence L. Trummel, D.D.S., Ph.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor
Satoko Rubin, D.M.D, M.D.Sc.

Adjunct Professor 
William MacDonnell, D.D.S.

Volunteer Clinical Professor
Gregory A. Toback, D.M.D., M.S

Volunteer Clinical Assistant Professors
Matthew Cantner, D.M.D.
Fredric M. Kudish, D.D.S.

Contact Information

Program Director
Division of Periodontology
UConn Health
263 Farmington Avenue
Farmington, CT 06030-1710
Phone: 860-679-2363