Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery


The mission of NuHealth’s Department of Dental Medicine and Oral Surgery is to educate and prepare General Dental Residents and Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residents for careers in a diverse and changing health care environment. Implicit in this mission is a commitment to educate residents and provide an outstanding clinical experience. The Department of Dental Medicine and Oral Surgery also renders routine and emergency oral health care to the community, and supports the patient population within the hospital.

The curriculum in both of our fully-accredited residency programs reflects the core values of the profession in private and public health care settings. It creates a humanistic, educational environment that facilitates the development of responsible and ethical health professionals who provide excellent oral health care, while meeting the special needs of our patients. Our faculty provides educational and clinical instruction in all dental disciplines. The programs strive to produce graduates who will advance the professional practice of General Dentistry and Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, and while improving oral health, as well as overall health, through clinical care and scholarly activities. Graduates will have the skills of self-assessment and scientific methodology that ensure lifelong learning.

We appreciate your interest and look forward to hearing from you.

Victor Nannini, DDS
Program Director, Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

Eileen Chun, DDS
Program Director, General Practice Dentistry

Program Description

The Medical Center offers a four-­year, single-­degree, fully-accredited curriculum with comprehensive training in the specialty of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. The pro­gram, which accommodates one resident each year, offers sequential training in the full scope of Oral and Maxillofacial procedures. Some areas of excellence associated with the training program are:

  1. Trauma Care (Level I Trauma Center)
  2. Orthognathic Surgery
  3. Preprosthetic Surgery
  4. Implant Service
  5. Oral Pathology
  6. Oncology Care
  7. Dentoalveolar Surgery
  8. Temporomandibular Joint Surgery
  9. Reconstructive Surgery
  10. Strong Off-service Rotations

All members of the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery house staff participate in various conferences and meetings when on service. Each year, an Oral and Maxillofacial Sur­gery In-Service Training Examination (OMSITE) is administered to each of the residents in order to assist both the residents and the program in assessing their respective strengths and weaknesses. At least one published paper or abstract is a requirement of individ­ual members of the house staff, and we provide the opportunity to engage in a clini­cal research project, which we strongly encourage. Upon the successful completion of the program, the resident will be certified as Board-eligible in the specialty of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.



First­-year residents are clinically responsible for learning outpa­tient, inpatient, and operating room protocols. They learn the basic principles of sur­gery and begin to attain proficiency by observing and performing outpatient and operating room procedures. Emergency night and weekend call is shared and a num­ber of inpatients are admitted and worked up by the first­-year resident. In addition to attending all conferences and staff meetings, the first­-year didactic program con­sists of a comprehensive course in Physical Diagnosis, sponsored by the Department of Medicine and the Stony Brook Medical School, a year­long Pathology Lecture Series and starts the first month of their five-month anesthesia rotation.


Second­-year residents begin to apply their knowledge and skills in a more independent manner via administering pre-­, intra­-, and post­-opera­tive care. Teaching assignments and emergency room coverage are also part of their duties. A five­-month rotation through the Department of Anesthesiology takes place in this second year during which residents administer various anesthetics to surgical pa­tients on a daily basis, acquire skills in medical risk assessment, and gain knowledge in the principles of general anesthesia, including physiology, anatomy, and pharma­cology. After completion of this rotation, residents participate in a two­-month rotation through the Department of Medicine. The emphasis is on the diagnostic and thera­peutic modalities administered to patients with multi­-systems failure and who are in need of acute and intensive medical care.


Third­-year residents assume increased responsibilities as well as continuing to share emergency call. A four­-month rotation through the Department of Surgery is completed this year, during which time the resident obtains skills in the care and management of the multiple­-trauma patient, emergency room triage, manage­ment and care of the head and neck patient, as well as other multi­disciplinary ap­proaches to patient care. An additional month is spent in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit with special attention directed to the acute diagnostic and therapeutic care ren­dered to the traumatized and critically injured patient. This is also supplemented by a one­-month­ equivalent rotation through the ENT service. There is significant exposure to inpatient, outpatient and Emergency Room ENT diagnostic and therapeutic proce­dures, case management and applied surgical anatomy. Third­-year residents also ro­tate to our private hospital affiliate (Winthrop University Hospital) for a wide range of elective cases.


The chief resident (fourth year) spends twelve months on serv­ice with no off­-service rotations and takes on major responsibilities, including supervis­ing and coordinating a large portion of the clinical and didactic activities. The chief resident has the time to hone his or her skills by performing major oral and maxillofacial proce­dures in a wide variety of areas, and has the leadership responsibility of disseminating knowledge to other residents via conferences, rounds, and structured didactic programs. He or she is enrolled in a Head and Neck Anatomy course as well as a year­long Clinical Pathology Lecture Series in order to fine­ tune his clinical and academic skills. In addition, this resident has had the opportunity to travel to South America and participate in Cleft Lip and Palate Care with the Heal the Children Foundation.   The fourth-­year chief also rotates for one month to our private hospital affiliate  (Northwell Health), as well as to another private hospital affiliate (Winthrop University Hospital) in order to augment  their elective case mix. They also go to their private offices where  he or she is involved in practice management as well as pre- and post-operative care.


Harvey Gralnick, DDS – A. Holly Patterson
Jing Yao Ye, DDS – Family Health Centers
Thomas Murray, DDS – A. Holly Patterson
Rory Sadoff, DDS – Nassau University Medical Center
Victor Nannini, DDS – Nassau University Medical Center
Rahila Ahmed, DDS – Nassau University Medical Center
Eileen Chun, DDS – Nassau University Medical Center


Contact Us

Mrs. Maria DiGiovanni, on behalf of:

Dr. Victor Nannini
Director, Advanced Training in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Nassau University Medical Center
Box # 72
2201 Hempstead Turnpike
East Meadow, NY 11554

Telephone: (516) 572-8774
Telephone: (516) 572-6895
Facsimile: (516) 572-5379
Email: mdigiova@numc.edu


The Oral and Maxillofacial Program participates in the Postdoctoral Dental Matching Program with respect to resident selection. Our code number is 119111. We are also participants in the Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS), http://www.adea.org/pass/, and urge you to become a participant. Applications must be completed and received by November 1. To ensure applications are received by the deadline noted above, applicants must meet the earlier deadline requirements set by PASS, as stated on its website.

National Matching Services
PO Box 1208
Lewiston, NY 14092-8208

1400 K Street, NW, Suite 1100
Washington, DC 20005

Personal interviews are also part of the selection process. Candidates selected for interviews will be notified during the months of November and December. If you do not receive a letter for an interview by early December, please accept our regrets, as it will indicate that you have not been selected for consideration for appointment to the program.

International Applicants

Applicants must be graduating from or graduates of a dental school fully accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA).