Department of Pediatric Dentistry


Pediatric dentistry is the dental specialty that provides primary and comprehensive oral health care for children from infancy through adolescence and patients with special health care needs.

The Department of Pediatric Dentistry fosters outreach and scholarly activity through the education of predoctoral students and graduate residents. The department’s competency-based curriculum provides predoctoral students with comprehensive didactic, preclinical, and clinical coursework, as well as extensive opportunities for community outreach such as Give Kids a Smile Days (GKASD). Community outreach events, such as GKASD, bring together faculty, staff, alumni and students to provide approximately $20,000 in free dental care to uninsured children and adolescents over the past eleven years.

In addition, the department’s faculty mentor research projects through the Advanced Pediatric Dentistry Residency Program, as well as participation in scientific organizations, publications, and dissemination of knowledge through continuing education courses and invited lectures.


Chair and Residency Director
Dr. Deborah Studen-Pavlovich
University of Pittsburgh
School of Dental Medicine
366 Salk Hall
3501 Terrace Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15261
Phone: (412) 648-8416
Fax : (412) 648-8435