1. Departments and Offices

Department of Dentistry

The Department of Dentistry at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai provides collaborative and comprehensive training that advances the field through innovative teaching, research, and clinical practice. With one of the largest postdoctoral dental training programs in the nation, we offer every phase of oral restorative and cosmetic care to our diverse patient community, while cultivating a close-knit educational environment of teamwork, support, and academic rigor.

Our faculty is composed of exceptional clinical practitioners, educators, and researchers, and includes more than 50 attending dentists and related professionals. Our residents learn from this dynamic range of expertise while serving one of the most diverse patient communities in the United States. Through both our training programs, we prepare our trainees to enter private practice, or for future training, specialization, and research.

Our General Dentistry Residency at The Mount Sinai Hospital, focuses on equipping trainees with clinical experiences and education that exceeds the foundations provided by dental school curricula. Our Pediatric Dentistry Residency at The Mount Sinai Hospital, offers extensive clinical training in all aspects of pediatric dental practice, including intravenous conscious sedation, pediatric emergency, pediatric medicine, and laser dental surgery.

For patients, we provide comprehensive and compassionate care, and our specialty clinics include complex prosthodontics, dentistry under general anesthesia and intravenous sedation, endodontics, implantology, orthodontics, pediatric dentistry, periodontics, and treatment for temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ).

Department of Dentistry History and Achievements

Founded in 1910, Mount Sinai's Department of Dentistry has an inspiring history of innovation. Our pioneering research on dental anesthesia led Mount Sinai to become the first institution in the United States to use procaine, which encouraged a new era of pain control in dentistry. We have since remained at the forefront of our field.

Under visionary chairs like Dr. Jack Klatell, Dr. Daniel Buchbinder, and Dr. Jack Hirsch, the Department flourished in size and reputation. Dr. John Pfail then spearheaded the expansion of our dental residency programs, serving as chair until 2022. Dr. Judy Lee Moy succeeded him as the first woman named to lead the Department in its over 110-year history.

Our many achievements include providing facial fracture care during WWI, documenting the oral side effects of the drug Dilantin sodium in an original study, and establishing New York State's first cleft palate center in 1952. During the HIV/AIDS epidemic, we conducted critical studies on needle stick prevention and the universal adoption of gloves and masks.

In 2022, we received a Heath Resources and Services Administration award for research titled “Barriers in Accessing Dental Care During Pregnancy in Racial/Ethnic Groups of Women: Retrospective Secondary Data Analysis on Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS) 2016- 2019.” The study and research were led by Associate Clinical Professor Hyewon Lee, DMD, MPH.