First Year Postgraduate Students

Dr. Doris Basali

Dr. Vikash S. Huliyar

Dr. Edward H. Song

Dr.  Gail Tischke

Dr. Helen X. Yang


Second Year Postgraduate Students

Dr. William C. Cheng 

Dr. William Cheng comes from Hinsdale, Illinois and earned his Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences as a part of the Guaranteed Professional Program Admissions from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2011. William graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry in 2015. During his senior year at the UIC College of Dentistry, William participated in the D4 Advanced Endodontics Track and was awarded the American Association of Endodontists Student Achievement Award. William completed a general practice residency at the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center in 2016 prior to beginning the program.

In his spare time, William enjoys playing soccer, learning about space, and spending time with family and friends.

Upon graduation, William plans to enter private practice. He also intends to become Board Certified by the ABE.


Dr. Sundeep Dhawan

Sundeep Dhawan comes from Orland Park, Illinois and earned his Bachelor of Science in Psychology  from the University of Illinois at Chicago, in 2006.  Dr. Sundeep Dhawan graduated from the UIC College of Dentistry in 2010.  Dr. Dhawan has been in private practice since graduation.  Dr. Dhawan’s area of research interest include File design. 

In his spare time Dr. Dhawan enjoys spending time with his family and friends.

 After completion of residency Dr. Dhawan hopes to enter private practice, get board certified, and teach part time.


Dr. Parth Nanavati

Dr. Parth Nanavati was born and raised in Niles, Illinois. He attended the University of Illinois at Chicago where he obtained his Bachelors in Biological Sciences and minors in Chemistry and Economics. Dr. Nanavati then remained at the University of Illinois at Chicago for his Doctor of Dental Medicine Degree. While at the college, he was awarded Endodontic awards in the William J Starek Award in 2014 and the Donald L McElroy Award in 2015.  As well as the Academy of Operative Dentistry Outstanding Senior Achievement Award. 

After graduation Dr. Nanavati spent a year working in Private Practice as a general dentist in the Northwest suburbs. 

During his free time Dr. Nanavati enjoys following his beloved Chicago sports teams, watching and attending as many games as possible. As well as traveling with his wife. 

Upon graduation, Dr. Nanavati plans to become board certified by the ABE, enter private practice, and would like to teach at the college.


Dr. Ryan J. Pasiewicz

Ryan Pasiewicz is from Glenview, Illinois and earned his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Pre-professional studies from the University of Notre Dame in 2011. Dr. Pasiewicz graduated Magna cum laude from Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine in 2015. While at Boston University School of Dental Medicine he completed an externship in Barrow, Alaska through Indian Health Services, as well as an externship at Blackstone Community Health Care Center in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. Following graduation, Dr. Pasiewicz completed a one-year hospital based general practice residency at Advocate Illinois Masonic in Chicago, Illinois.

In his spare time, Ryan enjoys running, tennis, golf, watching sports and spending time with friends and family.

Upon graduation, Dr. Pasiewicz plans to enter private practice and academia while becoming Board Certified by the ABE.


Dr. Mary Um

Mary Um comes from Ann Arbor, MI but lived in Seoul, South Korea through her adolescent years. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Human Biology from the Michigan State University, East Lansing MI in 2006. Dr. Um graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine in 2010. During her first year of dental school, she was awarded the Health Professional Scholarship from the U.S. Air Force. After graduation, she was station in Mountain Home AFB, ID for two years and Lackland AFB, TX for three years. During her time at Lackland AFB, she was deployed to Al Udeid AFB, Qatar for 7 months. After 5 years of Active Duty, Dr. Um was honorably discharged and worked in private practice for an year until starting the program.

In her spare time, Mary Um enjoys playing Underwater Hockey.

Upon graduation, Dr. Um plans to enter private practice and also wants to teach.



Blanca E. Luna
Assistant to the Head

Department of Endodontics
(MC 642)
801 South Paulina Street, Room 304G
Chicago, IL 60612-7211
(312) 996-7514


Bradford R. Johnson, Department Head and Postdoctoral Director
Qian Xie, Director of Pre-Doctoral Clinic Operations and Managing Partner Consultant
Mohamed I. Fayad, Director of Endodontic Research

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