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.


Oren Richman, DDS, MD
Program Director, Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

Eileen Chun, DDS, MSEd
Chair, Department of Dental Medicine and Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery 
Program Director, General Practice Dentistry






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:

  • Trauma Care (Level I Trauma Center)
  • Orthognathic Surgery
  • Preprosthetic Surgery
  • Implant Service
  • Oral Pathology
  • Oncology Care
  • Dentoalveolar Surgery
  • Temporomandibular Joint Surgery
  • Reconstructive Surgery
  • 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.




Year One

As you begin your training as a first year resident, you will be clinically responsible for learning outpatient, inpatient, and o­­perating room protocols. Additionally, your academic focus will be on learning the basic skills necessary to attain proficiency in outpatient care and on-call responsibilities by observing and performing both outpatient and operating room procedures. You will participate in all conferences, lectures, staff meetings, and finish the year with your first off-service rotation in anesthesiology that will continue into the start of your second year. Your first year didactic program will consist of a comprehensive course in Physical Diagnosis (sponsored by the Department of Medicine and the Stony Brook Medical School).

  • 11 months OMFS
  • 1 month Anesthesiology

Year Two

As a second year resident, you spend your first 7 months off service completing rotations in anesthesiology and medicine. When rotating through the Department of Anesthesiology, you will administer various anesthetics to surgical patients on a daily basis, intubate patients, acquire skills in medical risk assessment, and gain knowledge in the principles of general anesthesia (including physiology, anatomy, and pharmacology). During your two-month rotation through the Department of Medicine, your scope will include diagnostic and therapeutic modalities administered to patients with multi-systems failure who are in need of acute and intensive medical care. When you are back on service, you will apply your knowledge and skills more independently via administration of pre-, intra-, and post-operative care as well as beginning to provide intravenous outpatient sedation.

  • 5 months Anesthesiology
  • 2 months Medicine
  • 6 months OMFS

Year Three

As a third year resident, you assume increased responsibilities and conduct intravenous outpatient sedation cases in the OMFS clinic. In the second half of this year, you will complete rotations in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit, the Department of Surgery, and the Department of ENT/Head & Neck Surgery at Long Island Jewish Medical Center | Northwell Health. In the Surgical Intensive Care Unit, your education will be directed towards the acute diagnostic and therapeutic care rendered to the traumatized and critically injured patient. When rotating through the ENT/Head & Neck Surgery Department at Long Island Jewish Medical Center | Northwell Health, you will participate in all aspects of diagnostic, operative, and follow-up care for patients requiring head and neck surgery.

  • 6 months OMFS
  • 1 month Surgical Intensive Care Unit
  • 1 month ENT/Head & Neck Surgery at LIJ | Northwell Health
  • 4 months General Surgery

Year Four

In your chief year, you will take on major responsibilities such as supervising and coordinating a large portion of the clinical and didactic activities. The chief resident will spend the year honing his/her skills by performing major oral and maxillofacial procedures across a broad scope while taking on the leadership responsibilities of disseminating knowledge to other residents via conferences, rounds, and structured didactic programs. As the chief resident, you will also rotate for a total of two months at the private affiliate hospital of Long Island Jewish Medical Center | Northwell Health and participate in procedures at NYU Langone Hospital – Long Island hospital in order to broaden elective case exposures.

  • 2 months on OMFS at LIJ | Northwell Health
  • 10 months OMFS


Hospital Affiliations

  • Nassau University Medical Center – Nassau University Medical Center is a Northwell affiliate teaching hospital and an ACS Level 1 Trauma Center. With NUMC’s iconic 19-story main tower, it is home to 530-beds. NUMC has been treating the County’s most critically injured patients since 1935 and takes on the responsibility of being the region’s “safety net” hospital.
  • NYU Langone Hopsital – Long IslandNYU Langone Hospital – Long Island hospital is an ACS Level 1 Trauma Center with 591-beds that is ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top-10 New York metro-area hospitals.
  • Long Island Jewish Medical Center | Northwell Health – Long Island Jewish Medical Center is a non-profit teaching hospital. This ACS Level 2 Trauma Center has 583-beds and provides care to the greater metropolitan New York area.

Call Schedules

  • The OMFS chief resident is responsible for developing the call schedule, where you will be assigned on-call on average every third night. As the sole providers responsible for face-call, you will cover a wide range of consultations including Level 1 Trauma cases. When you rotate off-service, you will not be responsible for taking OMFS call. You are not required to take in-house call at any point but must be within 30 minutes of the hospital.

Scholarly Activities

  • Monthly Grand Rounds
  • Monthly Oral Pathology Case Presentation Conference
  • Monthly Review of Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Participation in Annual AAOMS Meeting
  • Participation in Annual William F. Harrigan Society Conference
  • Participation in Board Review Courses
  • Potential for involvement in events through AAOMS, Osteoscience, and The OMS Foundation such as Osteoscience Clinical Observerships, AAOMS Clinical Trials Methods Course, Cleft Lip and Palate Service Trips

Advantages of Selecting NUMC

  • There is extensive 1-on-1 training with attending faculty and the chief resident.
  • In both the OMFS clinic and the operating room, you will prepare for and execute cases, and provide follow-up care as necessary.
  • You will have adequate experience in intravenous outpatient sedation and general anesthesia.
  • You will learn how to assess and manage complex traumatic injuries at a Level 1 Trauma Center.
  • Annual evaluation through, and participation in, OMSITE (Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery In-Service Training Exam).
  • You will be exposed to a wide variety of surgical procedures and patient populations while rotating through three hospitals.







Oren Richman, DDS, MD – full-time

    • Diplomate of the American Board of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, 2015
    • SUNY Downstate Medical School
    • Training: Kings County Hospital Center
    • DDS: Stony Brook University


Kenneth Paticoff, DDS – full-time

    • Diplomate of the American Board of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, 1998
    • Training: Montefiore Medical Center
    • DDS: SUNY Buffalo

Victor Nannini, DDS, FACS 

    • AAOMS President 2019-20
    • Diplomate of the American Board of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, 1985
    • Training: Long Island Jewish Medical Center
    • DDS: New York University


Claudine Cafferata, DDS

    • Diplomate of the American Board of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, 2010
    • Training: New York University – Bellevue Hospital Center
    • DDS: New York University


Craig Levine, DDS

    • Diplomate of the American Board of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, 1998
    • Training: Kings County Hospital Center
    • DDS: Virginia Commonwealth University


Greg Panossian, DDS

    • Diplomate of the American Board of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, 2004
    • Training: Nassau University Medical Center
    • DDS: University of Southern California


Marieange Panossian, DDS, MD

    • Diplomate of the American Board of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, 2012
    • Training: University of Connecticut
    • DDS: University of California Los Angeles


Rory Sadoff, DDS

    • Diplomate of the American Board of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, 1985
    • Training: Nassau University Medical Center
    • DDS: New York University


Michael Schwartz, DDS

    • Diplomate of the American Board of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, 1991
    • Training: Long Island Jewish Medical Center
    • DDS: SUNY Buffalo


Steve Yusupov, MD, DDS, FACS

    • Diplomate of the American Board of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, 2019
    • SUNY Downstate Medical School
    • Training: Kings County Hospital Center
    • DDS: New York University




Cheif | Jessica Li, DDS

    • Touro College of Dental Medicine at New York Medical College 2020
    • Interests: Dentoalveolar Reconstruction including Implant-Supported Full Mouth Rehabilitation, Head & Neck Trauma, Orofacial Pain & Temporomandibular Joint Disorders


PGY-3 | Brandon Saxe, DMD

    • University of Nevada Las Vegas 2019
    • Interests: Oral Pathology, Trauma & Reconstructive Surgery, Dentoalveolar Surgery


PGY-2 | Cameron Christiansen, DMD

    • University of Connecticut 2022
    • Interests: Dentoalveolar Surgery, Trauma, Orthognathic Surgery


PGY-1 | Gerard Fischer, DDS

  • Stony Brook University School of Dental Medicine 2023
  • Interests: Dentoalveolar Surgery, Maxillofacial Trauma, Implantology




Jessica Carney, on behalf of:

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

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



We are offering hands-off observership opportunities at this time. If interested, please contact Jessica Carney with preferred dates and a letter of intent.



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).