School of Dentistry

Orthodontics at OHSU

Continuing Dentistry Education courses events

The Orthodontics program houses an excellent clinical faculty with a varied background and a combined wealth of experience. We provide state of the art treatment for patients of all ages and rigorous advanced education for our student doctors.

The Oregon Health & Science University’s Department of Orthodontics and its specialty clinic are housed in the state of the art Robertson Life Sciences Building, South Waterfront.  Department personnel includes highly dedicated faculty and staff with varied backgrounds, providing a wealth of experience for classroom teaching, research, and clinical care. Activities of the department are strengthened through support by the OHSU Orthodontic Alumni Association and orthodontists in the region.

We emphasize a team approach to dentistry and orthodontics and focus on evidence-based customized treatment for each of our patients, resulting in a thorough and diverse educational program for our students.  The strengths and positive atmosphere of the graduate program have facilitated recruitment of talented post-doctoral students from practice settings and pre-doctoral education programs across the country.  Through continual updating of courses and maintenance of a cutting-edge research agenda, we work to achieve a balanced program founded on excellent clinical and didactic education, discovery through research, and a commitment to providing optimal service to our patients.

Orthodontics leadership

Laura R. Iwasaki, D.D.S., M.Sc., Ph.D. - Professor-Provisional, Department Chair 

Jeffrey C. Nickel, D.M.D., M.Sc., Ph.D. - Professor-Provisional, Director of Advanced Education in Orthodontics Program 

Sohyon Kim, D.M.D. -  Assistant Professor, Director of Predoctoral Education in Orthodontics Program ​​​​​​

Howard Freedman, D.D.S. - Assistant Professor, Director of Orthodontic Clinics

Meet our Residents and Faculty

Master of Science

The Master of Science program in Orthodontics is designed to qualify candidates for specialty practice and/or academic careers and for examination for certification by the American Board of Orthodontics. It is a 30-month continuous program (10 academic quarters) and consists of course work in the basic sciences, laboratory, theory, clinic, and research in related fields. Learn about the Student Learning Outcomes of the Orthodontics MS program.

Selection Process

More information on applying to our Advanced Education programs

Faculty of the Department of Orthodontics will review completed applications received in the Office of Admissions by the deadline specified by PASS. From the submitted materials, applicants will be selected for invitations to interview. The selection criteria for interviews are multifaceted, taking into account all the application materials. Interviews typically take place in early November. Those selected will be sent invitations as soon as possible, usually by early October. Following interviews, applicants will be rank ordered by the Department and submitted to the Postdoctoral Dental Matching Program.

Course Offerings

Additional Information

Dr. Jeffrey Nickel
Graduate Program Director
Department of Orthodontics
OHSU School of Dentistry
2730 S.W. Moody Avenue SD-Ortho
Portland, OR 97201-5042

Phone: 503-494-8223

Questions regarding the application process should be directed to:

Office of Admissions and Student Affairs
OHSU School of Dentistry
2730 S.W. Moody Avenue
Portland, OR 97201-5042

Phone: 503-494-5274

Connect with us

Clinic Line: 503-494-8867

2730 S.W. Moody Avenue
Portland, OR 97201

Read OHSU Dental Clinic’s Patient Appointment Protocol before arriving for your scheduled appointment.

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Contact Us

OHSU School of Dentistry
Department of Orthodontics
2730 S.W. Moody Avenue
Portland, OR 97201-5042

Graduate Program Director
Jeffrey Nickel, D.M.D, M.Sc., Ph.D.

Robertson Life Sciences Building

Modern building with silver, wood, and glass siding sits in front of a blue sky.
2730 S. Moody Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97201

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