Dr. Drangsholt received his DDS degree from the University of Washington in 1984 and completed a general practice residency at Michael Reese Hospital and Medical Center in Chicago in 1985. He began a general dental practice in Kent, Washington, in 1985 where he continued to practice from half to full time until 1995. He returned to the University of Washington and earned his M.P.H. in Epidemiology in 1992, a certificate in Oral Medicine in 1995 and completed his PhD in Epidemiology in 2004. He was appointed as a tenure-track assistant professor in 2006.
Dr. Drangsholt teaches in over 8 medical/dental school and oral medicine graduate courses. He also mentors Oral Medicine graduate students in various research projects. He has given over 70 presentations, including invited research presentations in Denmark, Sweden, Thailand, and Australia, besides multiple universities across the US. He is the immediate past president of the Neuroscience Section of the International Association for Dental Research, and past president of the University of Washington Dental Alumni Association.
Dr. Drangsholt presently provides patient care in the Oral Medicine Clinical Service department at the University of Washington, where his clinical practice is limited to the diagnosis and treatment of temporomandibular disorders, oral-facial pain, oral mucosal lesions, and other oral-facial diseases. He has served on the faculty in the School of Dentistry in the Department of Dental Public Health Sciences since 1995, and in the Department of Oral Medicine since 1985.
His current research projects include finding better ways to diagnose orofacial pains, investigating the causes of orofacial pain conditions, rethinking the classification of orofacial pains, and generally applying epidemiologic methods to major oral health problems. The principal investigator on an NIH/NIDCR K12 grant entitled “Development and Validation of Diagnostic Measures for Neuropathic Orofacial Pain” and an International Association for Study of Pain Grant entitled “International collaborative development of diagnostic measures and classification for neuropathic orofacial pain”. He has published over 50 peer-reviewed scientific articles, book chapters, reviews and letters to the editor.