Thomas B. Dodson, DMD, MPH

Contact Information

Harvard School of Dental Medicine
188 Longwood Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
Phone: 617-726-8222
Fax: 617-726-2814

Thomas B. Dodson, DMD, MPH

Dr. Thomas Dodson is recognized for his patient-oriented research and as a teacher of evidence-based clinical practice and clinical investigation. His work has played an important role in the management of third molars and has spurred debate on social issues including mandatory seatbelt laws, oral surgical management of HIV-positive patients, and domestic violence. He is active in evaluating risks and repair of nerve injury, management of giant cell tumors, and bisphosphonate-related osteonecrosis of the jaws.

A native of rural Oregon, Dr. Dodson attended the University of Oregon before receiving his DMD cum laude from the Harvard School of Dental Medicine and his MPH from the Harvard School of Public Health. He completed his residency in oral and maxillofacial surgery at the University of California, San Francisco, where he also completed a postdoctoral fellowship in clinical epidemiology and dental public health. He served on the academic faculties of the University of California, San Francisco, and Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, and is currently a professor of oral and maxillofacial surgery at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine and director of the Center for Applied Clinical Investigation. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.

A frequent speaker and invited lecturer, Dr. Dodson has presented at professional meetings throughout the United States, as well as in Canada, Hong Kong, Scotland, Taiwan, and Turkey, He serves as research editor of the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and is on the board of directors of the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Foundation. Dr. Dodson is the recipient of the 2004 Daniel M. Laskin award for the most outstanding article published in the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and the 2009 HSDM Distinguished Senior Faculty Award.

With a deep belief that scientific evidence drives clinical decision making, Dr. Dodson finds his clinical practice enhanced and informed by the depth of his research activities. His approach to practice is to combine state-of-the-art technology with evidence-based treatment planning to provide the “optimal” experience for the patient: a balance between therapeutic value, cost, convenience, pain, and risk.

Dr. Dodson is the author or coauthor of more than 120 scientific publications and chapters.

Fields of Interest

Dr. Dodson’s clinical interests include maxillofacial trauma, orthognathic surgery, management of impacted wisdom teeth, dentoalveolar surgery, dental implants, and reconstructive surgery