BiographyDr. Thomas Dodson is recognized for patient-oriented research and as a teacher of evidence-based clinical practice. His work has played an important role in the management of third molars and has spurred debate on social issues including mandatory seatbelt laws, 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 (BRONJ).
A native of rural Oregon, Dr. Dodson attended the University of Oregon before receiving his DMD from the Harvard School of Dental Medicine and MPH from the Harvard School of Public Health. He completed residency training at UCSF, as well as a post-doctoral fellowship in Clinical Epidemiology and Dental Public Health. He previously served on the academic faculties of UCSF and Emory Medical School, and is currently Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at HSDM and Director of the Center for Applied Clinical Investigation. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.
A frequent speaker, Dr. Dodson has lectured throughout the US, Europe and Asia. He is Associate Editor of the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and is on the Board of Directors of the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Foundation. He is a two-time recipient of the Daniel M. Laskin Award (2003, 2010) and recipient of the 2009 HSDM Distinguished Senior Faculty Award.
With a deep belief that scientific evidence drives clinical decision making, Dr. Dodson's clinical practice is enhanced and informed by the depth of his research. 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 author of over 150 scientific publications and chapters.
Dr. Dodson is the director and founder of The Center for Applied Clinical Investigation (CACI), which maintains an aggressive research program designed to provide a clinical complement to basic science research across the oral and maxillofacial surgery domain. CACI monitors OMS literature worldwide, and works to initiate and support research in emerging and under-studied disciplines. The goal is to expand the literature to promote evidence-based clinical practice and improved outcomes in oral and maxillofacial surgery.
Most research questions arise in clinical practice. We observe "what happens" and ask what factors are associated with what happens. The "why" questions are reserved for the laboratory; our investigators concentrate on what occurs and which factors can be manipulated by clinicians.
From these observations we formulate hypothesis-driven research questions and initiate rigorous, sound scientific studies designed to contribute concrete findings and outcomes that promote evidence-based clinical practice. For us, the methodology is as important as the research question, because only through a disciplined analytical process can the investigator support his findings.
The CACI research agenda currently includes in-depth work in the following areas:
Dodson TB, Kaban LB.Californiamandatory seatbelt law: The effect of recent legislation on motor vehicleaccident-related maxillofacial injuries.J Oral Maxillofac Surg 1988;46:875-80.
Dr. Thomas Dodson elected to OMS Foundation Board.
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