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One Brooklyn Health

General Dentistry Residency Program

Message from the Chairman:


David J. Miller, DDS, FICD, FACD, FPFA 

Chairman & Chief Administrative Officer 

Department of Dental Medicine 

One Brooklyn Health  



Welcome to One Brooklyn Health (OBH) Department of Dental Medicine. OBH (Brookdale Hospital Medical Center, Interfaith Medical Center and Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center) offers residency training programs in General Practice, Pediatric Dentistry and Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery. Our residency programs are fully accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation.


Our Mission: 

  • Reduce the impact of the social determinants of health on the oral health of our patients.  

  • Integrate oral health as part of total patient health and well-being.  

  • Deliver comprehensive oral health care regardless of the patient’s age, race, sex, creed or national origin.  

  • Provide exceptional oral health care through prevention, education and treatment in a safe environment.  

  • Provide dental care to vulnerable populations including special needs, physically, intellectually and medically challenged patients.  

  • Foster a culture of inclusion, accountability, communication, integrity & empathy.  

  • Provide the highest quality of evidenced based training to dental residents in the General Dentistry, Pediatric and Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Residency Programs.  



Our Vision: 

Provide our patients with dental experience that will promote a lifelong relationship built on trust, confidence, quality, and exceptional patient care. To strive to remove the barriers that interfere with the patient’s ability to have good oral health and well-being.  

General Practice Residency Program:


On January 1,2021 the General Practice Residencies of Brookdale University Hospital Medical Center, Interfaith Medical Center and Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center merged into one GPR program under the One Brooklyn Health System in Central Brooklyn, New York. This merger of the three individual hospital based General Practice Residencies created a greater depth of faculty talent and resources for our program, further strengthening patient care and resident’s clinical and didactic education. 

The One Brooklyn Health GPR has dental centers in each of the hospital’s campuses and in three offsite centers located in the ethnically diverse and historic Brooklyn neighborhoods of Bedford Stuyvesant, Crown Heights and East New York. 

The Department of Dental Medicine which has been in existence for over 60 years offers a full spectrum of dental services. Our residents are trained by General Practitioners and Board Eligible/Certified Specialists. 

Our modern dental centers are equipped with state-of-the-art digital imaging systems including CBCT and a self-contained ambulatory OR suites. 




The General Practice Residency is designed to provide training beyond the pre-doctoral level. The program meets and exceeds all standards required by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and is fully accredited without reporting requirements. 

Our educational model is based on the concept that oral health is an integral and interactive part of one's total health. Residents are exposed to a broad range of clinical experiences encompassing all general dental procedures including restorative, fixed/removable prosthetics, periodontics, oral surgery, orthodontics, endodontics, implant placement and restoration, oral pathology and dental treatment of special needs patients in the OR and under IV sedation. The program will expand the scope and the depth of the resident’s knowledge and skill set enabling them to provide comprehensive oral care. 

CODA required rotations in Internal Medicine, Anesthesia and Emergency Medicine; along with scholarly activity, participation in organized dentistry and community service are integral aspects of our program. 

Our program also has rotations in Oral Pathology, Oral Surgery, Pediatric Dentistry and Special Care Dentistry where residents have the opportunity to treat special needs and medically complex patients in the operating room or under IV sedation in our state-of-the-art anesthesia suite. 


Residents will complete CODA mandated scholarly activities including a Grand Rounds Treatment Presentation, a Clinical Poster suitable for presentation at a regional or national meeting and a quality assessment review. 

From daily didactic lectures and journal reviews to in-depth instruction on diagnosis, treatment planning and comprehensive care, residents complete the program with a solid foundation and confidence.  

Our enhanced GPR curriculum offers lecture series on airway and obstructive sleep apnea, practice management and esthetics. Residents are required to place implants, complete periodontal surgeries and demonstrate competence when using nitrous oxide. 

The Department of Dental Medicine offers a one-year General Practice Residency program and an optional second year program. During the second year the residents continue to expand their knowledge base and clinical skill set by treating cases that are more complex and challenging than those patients seen during the first year. Residents who complete both PGY1 and PGY2 years at OBH, have an opportunity to earn a NYS Certificate in Enteral Sedation by fulfilling the mandated state requirements. 

Residents are provided daily feedback by the attendings and formally evaluated three times a year to monitor their progress and competency. 

Our program is a proud sponsor of the GI Bill. Residents who served the United States Military and qualify, receive additional monetary benefits from the U.S. government. 

Mentorship, professionalism and leadership are among the core values of our resident’s professional growth & development. 


Program Stipend and Tuition 

All dental residents are members of the Committee of Interns and Residents (CIR) and receive the same salary as the medical residents. Post Graduate Year (PGY) levels are defined as a year of service in a residency training program which is certified as having been completed by the appropriate hospital authority, i.e., GPR, AEGD, etc. Residents also receive an additional $2,900 annual food allowance. An additional educational benefit of $1000 per year is provided by the CIR. Residents receive 4 weeks of paid vacation, 9 federal holidays and 4 Personal days. 


         First Year: $74,201.45  

         Second Year: $81,514.57 





OBH Dental facilities include:  

Brookdale Hospital Medical Center  

Brookdale Family Care Center- New Lots  

Brookdale Family Care Center- Linden  

Interfaith Medical Center –Smile Brooklyn Dental Center 

Interfaith Medical Center- Bedford Dental Center  

Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center 


 Program Strengths 

  • Diverse patient population 

  • Comprehensive patient care 

  • Comprehensive services provided by general dentists, pediatric dentists, oral surgeons, orthodontists, dental anesthesiologists, oral pathologists, endodontists, prosthodontists and periodontists. 

  • Participation in community health fair, Give kids A Smile 

  • Training in periodontal surgery, implant placement, molar endo and oral surgery 

  • Comprehensive didactic lectures 

  • Mentorship & professional development 

  • Practice management and private office considerations. 


Program Faculty:


James J. Fitzgerald, DDS- Program Director 



Irina Fuzaylova, DDS- Assistant Program Director 



Mark Drukartz, DDS- Assistant Program Director  


James Fitzgerald, DDS- Program Director 

Irina Fuzaylova, DDS- Assistant Program Director 

Mark Drukartz, DDS- Assistant Program Director  

Joshua Bratt, DDS- GPR Attending 

Mirjeta Spirollari, DDS- GPR Attending 

Jivko Guerguiev, DDS- GPR Attending  

Bradford McLaughlin, DDS- GPR Attending 

Jason Young, DDS-GPR Attending  

Drilona Sheti, DDS-GPR Attending 

Christian Volpicella, DDS – GPR Attending  

Donna Fassman, DDS- GPR Attending  

Steve Vuolo, DDS- GPR Attending  

Siu Lee, DDS - GPR Attending 

Steve Acker, DDS- GPR Attending 


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