Thomas B. Dodson D.M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.S.

Thomas B. Dodson D.M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.S.
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  • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery


Dr. Thomas Dodson is an oral and maxillofacial surgeon and professor and chair of the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (OMS) and Service Chief at UW Medical Center.

He has been in clinical practice for almost 30 years and is a recognized expert in oral and maxillofacial surgery with special interests in the management and operative treatment of impacted wisdom teeth, dental implants, reconstructive jaw surgery, obstructive sleep apnea, jaw lesions and other pathology, and osteonecrosis of the jaw.

Dr. Dodson earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Oregon and his dental and public health degrees from Harvard’s School of Dental Medicine and School of Public Health. After completing residency training, he completed a NIH fellowship in clinical epidemiology. His research interests revolve around specialty-specific clinical outcomes.

Dr. Dodson is board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon and serves as the associate editor of the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. In October, 2016, Dr. Dodson became one of the first dentists inducted as a fellow in the American College of Surgeons.

Patient Care Philosophy

As a patient-oriented researcher, my patients are my partners in seeking better outcomes of their treatment from reducing morbidity of a common operation (removal of wisdom teeth) to improving quality of life after jaw surgery to treat obstructive sleep apnea.

I have been in academic OMS practice since 1988 and with clinical privileges at UCSF, Emory University Hospital, and Massachusetts General Hospital. A native Oregonian, after 34 years away in training and service to other institutions, I returned “home” to the Pacific Northwest in 2013 to assume my role as the chair of oral and maxillofacial surgery. I am devoted to serving the citizens of Washington state by providing care, training OMS residents, and executing high-qualify clinical research to enhance my patients’ outcomes.

Clinical Interests

Management and operative treatment of impacted wisdom teeth; dental implants; reconstructive jaw surgery; obstructive sleep apnea; jaw lesions and other pathology; osteonecrosis of the jaw

Research Interests

Given his training as a clinical epidemiology, Dr. Dodson has focused on patient-oriented research in the areas of wisdom tooth management; dental implant survival; obstructive sleep apnea, maxillofacial trauma; jaw pathology; office-based anesthesia; patient safety and quality assurance


Institution Credential Year
Harvard University School of Dental Medicine Medical education 1984
Harvard Medical School Master Public Health 1984
Univ. of Calif. San Francisco (Dentistry) Residency 1988
UCSF Other Education
Univ. of Calif. San Francisco Teaching Appointment 1990
Univ. of Calif. San Francisco (Dentistry) Fellowship 1990
Emory University, School of Medicine Teaching Appointment 1998
Harvard School of Public Health Teaching Appointment 2013
Massachusetts General Hospital Teaching Appointment 2013

Board Certifications

Certification Specialty Year
American Board of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery 1990