Dental Residency Program - VA Western New York Healthcare System
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VA Western New York Healthcare System


Dental Residency Program

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Dr. John Lazarus

AEGD Program Director
Director ADA-CERP Program
Ten years private practice experience
Clinical instructor, Department of Periodontics/Endodontics, SUNY at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine

Dr. William Maher

Oral Surgeon

Dr. Nithin Rao

UB SDM Graduate 2001
Completed VA residency 2002
Full-time faculty member since 2009
Seven years private practice experience

Dr. Catherine Loveric

UB SDM Graduate 1999
Completed Millard Fillmore Gates Residency 2000
Thirteen years private practice experience

Dr. Scott Burke

UB SDM Graduate 2002
Completed VA residency 2003
Part-time faculty member since 2008
Private group practice
Instructor, Department of Restorative Dentistry

Dr. Chad Beatty

Board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon
M.D.and D.D.S. degrees
University of Oregon Dental School

Dr. Maryam Mobarhan
Post-graduate training at UB School of Dental Medicine
Clinical Assistant Instructor at UB School of Dental Medicine
Private practice experience 

Dr. Gary McBride

Graduate of VAMC GPR Program
Private practice over 20 years
Formerly part-time dentist VAMC Batavia

Dr. Robert Schifferle

Part time staff periodontist, board certified
Postgraduate training at Harvard
Associate professor, Departments of Periodontology and Oral Biology UB School of Dental Medicine

Dr. Joshua Grant

Board Certified Periodontist
UB Grad 2000
Postgraduate training-Eastman Dental School
Faculty member-Perio/endo department

Dr. Shawn Jordan

Part Time Faculty, Full time Private practice

Dr. Paul Calabrese

Part Time Faculty, Full Time Private Practice

Consultant Staff

Dr. Sebastian Ciancio, Periodontics
Dr. Steve Warunek, Orthodontics
Dr. Richard Ohrbach, TMD & facial pain
Dr. Patrick Anders, General Practice
Director of the Program

The program has a full-time director responsible for day-to-day administration of the program. Residents meet with the director and or preceptor every day during the morning huddle to discuss the day's appointed patients and scheduled activities. The director of the program spends a significant amount of time with the residents in both clinical and educational components of the program.

Attending Staff

The full-time attendings include an oral-maxillofacial surgeon, and four general practitioners. Part-time attendings are two periodontists, two prosthodontists and two general practitioners. Completing the attending roster are consultants in periodontics, orthodontics, oral surgery, practice management, TMD and facial pain, and dental oncology.

Support Staff

The preventive dentistry program of the Dental Service is under the responsibility of our four full-time dental hygienists between two sites. Scheduling is centralized plus The Dental service also has a full service in house dental laboratory. Four full time dental technicians provide full service laboratory support which can include the fabrication phase of removable partial denture frameworks, porcelain veneers and all porcelain crowns. The Central Dental Laboratory in Dallas augments the in house services. The residents work with a chairside dental assistant practicing four-handed dentistry.

Facilities and Equipment

The dental resident spends most of the time in the Dental Service Clinic. Clinic hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Within the clinic are 14 fully equipped operatories divided among the restorative, oral surgery and hygiene suites. Records are completely electronic, including digital panoramic and periapical radiograph units, laser, electrosurgery, surgical microscope and CEREC chairside impressioning and milling as well as InLab zirconium framework fabrication. A reception area, conference room, waiting area, dental laboratory and locker rooms are also located within the clinic.

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