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The Center for Applied Clinical Investigation (CACI) was established in 2000 by Dr. Thomas Dodson as both a research center and a center for training academic oral surgeons in clinical investigation. The center is dedicated to understanding the variables that contribute to manageable risks and complications and to guiding oral and maxillofacial surgeons to the best outcomes based on scientific evidence. The Clinical Investigation Model was developed as a research program designed to provide a clinical complement to basic science research across the oral and maxillofacial surgery domain. Literature worldwide is monitored and we work 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. Hypothesis-driven research questions are created rigorous, sound scientific studies are designed to contribute concrete findings and outcomes that promote evidence-based clinical practice.
Sung-Kiang Chuang (2002-2004)
Leslie Halpern (2000-2002)
The CACI Fellowship in Clinical Investigation is an opportunity for an oral and maxillofacial surgeons to work at Mass General with CACI mentors on a course of independent clinical research in a focused area. Fellows spend two years at Mass General and their research may be integrated with a related graduate study at Harvard School of Public Health or Harvard Medical School may be combined with a master’s in Public Health. Upon completetion of the CACI Fellowship in Clinical Investigation, most fellows will have achieved the academic credentials necessary for a junior faculty appointment at an accredited hospital – or university-based oral and maxillofacial surgery program. Learn more about the fellowship
Halpern LR, Dodson TB. A predictive model to identify women with injuries related to intimate partner violence. JADA 2006;137:604-9. Cover story.
Halpern LR, Perciaccetnte VJ, Hayes C, Susarla S, Dodson TB. A protocol diagnose intimate partner violence in the emergency department. J Trauma 2006;60(5):1101-5
Halpern LR, SusarlaS, Finkel M, Dodson TB. Injury location and screening questionnaires as markers for intimate partner violence. J Oral Maxillofac Surg 2005;1255-61
McDermott N, Chuang S-K, Woo VA, Dodson TB. Risk factors for complications after implant placement. Int J Oral Implantol 2003;18:848-55
Vehemente V, Chuang S-K, Muftu A, Daher S, Dodson TB. Risk factors for dental implant failure, J Oral Implantol 2002;28:74-81
Chuang, S-K, Tian L, Wei, L-J, Dodson TB. Kaplan-Meier analysis of dental implant survival: A strategy for estimating survival with clustered observations. J Dent Res 2001;81:2016-2020
August M, Glowacki J, Chung K, Chang Y. Influence of age and estrogen status on implant osseointegration. J Oral Maxillofac Surg; 59(11): 1285-1289, 2000.
TB Dodson, Sunk-Kiang Chuang. Frequency Estimates of BRON- Is it really zero? J Orral Maxillofac Syrg, July, 2008
Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Academic Office
Maria J. Troulis, DDS, MSc, Chief of Service
Joe Fraser, Administrative Director
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