Disciplinary Action against
Wesley Shankland, D.D.S.

Stephen Barrett, M.D.

In August 2006, Wesley Earl Shankland, II, D.D.S., who operates the Central Ohio Center for Facial Pain in Columbus, Ohio, was notified that the Ohio State Dental Board was considering whether to discipline or suspend his license [1]. The official notice expressed concern about his care of twelve patients. The document charged that he had:

In March 2007, Shankland settled the charges with a consent agreement [2] under which:

Shankland is a leading proponent of "neuralgia inducing cavitational osteonecrosis" ("NICO") and improperly advises that amalgam fillings and root-canal-treated teeth are problematic. The board's complaint did not indicate whether any of its concerns were related to these nonstandard theories and practices. Nor is it clear whether the consent agreement's provision about "alternative" practices will make it more difficult to continue utilizing them.

Shankland publicly represents himself as having earned a masters degree in human anatomy from Ohio State University in 1994 and Ph.D. in human anatomy in 1997. His Web site and various other publications do not indicate where he obtained the "Ph.D." However, a curriculum vitae [3] filed in a recent court case identifies the source as "Summit University of Louisiana." This entity, a correspondence school that operated from about 1993 through 2000, was never accredited, had no legal or academic standing, and certainly did not require the amount of knowledge and effort that reputable universities require for doctoral degrees. A 1999 article in The Chronicle of Higher Education described Summit as a "diploma mill" located in a "converted bedroom" in a small house on the outskirts of New Orleans [4].


  1. Notice of opportunity for hearing. In re: The suitability of Wesley E. Shankland, D.D.S. to retain his license to practice dentistry. Ohio State Dental Board, Aug 24, 2006.
  2. Consent agreement between Wesley E. Shankland, DDS and Ohio State Dental Board, March 2007.
  3. Shankland, WE. Curriculum vitae, revised April 28, 2005.
  4. Selingo J. Louisiana tries to close loopholes that allow suspected diploma mills to thrive. Chronicle of Higher Education, May 14, 1999, p A40.

This article was revised on March 25, 2007.

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