Harvard Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Meet Dr. Dodson

Meet Dr. Dodson

Thomas B. Dodson, DMD, MPH
Associate Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

  • Diplomate, American Board of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons
  • Fellow, American Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons
  • Member, Massachusetts Dental Association
  • Member, Massachusetts Society of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons
  • Member, International Association for Dental Research

Dr. Thomas Dodson is nationally recognized for his clinical research demonstrating the efficacy of oral & maxillofacial surgical techniques and as a teacher of evidenced-based clinical practice.

A native of rural Oregon, Dr. Dodson received his DMD from the Harvard School of Dental Medicine and completed his residency training at the University of California, San Francisco, where he also completed a post-doctoral 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 Associate Professor of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine. Highly committed to the next generation of clinical practitioners in oral surgery, Dr. Dodson served ten years as Program Director for the oral surgery resident training programs at both Emory and MGH, and seven years as an examiner for the American Board of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons.

A frequent speaker and invited lecturer, Dr. Dodson is active in the professional and academic community. His research has spurred debate on social issues, including the efficacy of mandatory seatbelt laws and identifying domestic violence. For his publication on office-based ambulatory anesthesia, he was awarded the 2004 Daniel M. Laskin award for the most outstanding article published in the Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery.

Dr. Dodson’s clinical practice is 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.


  • Phi beta kappa graduate, University of Oregon
  • Harvard School of Dental Medicine, DMD degree, cum laude
  • Harvard School of Public Health, MPH degree

Editorial Boards

  • Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology
  • International Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Journal of Dental Research

Selected Publications

  • Halpern, LR, Dodson, TB. A predictive model to identify women with injuries related to intimate partner violence. J Amer Dent Assoc, 2006. Cover story.
  • Chima K, Seldin EB, Dodson TB. Management of osseous defects. J Oral and Maxillofac Surg 64:1398, 2006.
  • Richardson D, Dodson TB. Risk of Periodontal Defects After Third Molar Surgery: An exercise in Evidence-based Clinical Decision-making. Oral Surg Oral Med Oral Pathol 100:133, 2005.
  • Gentile MA, Chuang S-K, Dodson TB. 6 x 5.7 mm Implants: Survival Estimates and Risk Factors for Failure. Int J Oral Maxillofac Implant 20:930, 2005.
  • Dodson, TB. Management of 3 rd molar extraction sites to prevent periodontal defects. J Oral Maxillofac Surg, 2004.
  • Halpern, Kaban, Dodson. Perioperative neurosensory changes associated with treatment of mandibular fractures. J Oral and Maxillofac Surgery, 2004.
  • McDermott, Chuang, Woo, Dodson. Risk factors for complications after implant placement. Int J Oral Implantol, 2003.
  • Bue, Seldin, Dodson. Types, frequencies, and risk factors for complications following third molar extraction. J Oral Maxillofacial Surg, 2003.
  • Lam, Kaban, Donoff, Dodson. Patient satisfaction after trigeminal nerve repair. Oral Surg Oral Med Oral Pathol, 2003.
  • Nehemente, Chuang, Dodson, et al. Risk factors for dental implant failure. J Oral Implantol, 2002.
  • Perciaccante, Dodson, et al. Nead, neck and facial injuries as markers of domestic violence in women. J Oral Maxillofac Surg, 1999.
  • Dodson, Bays, et al. The effect of local anesthesia with vasoconstrictor on gingival blood flow during LeFort I osteotomy. J Oral Maxillofac Surg, 1996.
  • Dodson, Pfeffle. Cost effectiveness analysis of open reduction/nonrigid fixation and open reduction/rigid fixation to treat mandibular fractures. Oral Surg Oral Med Oral Pathol, 1995.
  • Stone, Dodson, et al. Risk factors for infection following operative treatment of mandibular fractures. Plast Recon Surg, 1993.
  • Smith, Berger, Dodson. Medical risks associated with dental implants. Int J Oral Maxillofac Implants, 1992

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