Dr. Wesley Shankland graduated from The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree, majoring in biochemistry and zoology. He continued his education and graduated from The Ohio State University College of Dentistry in 1978. He joined the faculty of the College of Dentistry of The Ohio State University in 1979 (1979-1984) and taught both clinical endodontics and a course on temporomandibular disorders. In 1993, he earned a Master’s of Science Degree in anatomy, also from Ohio State. He further did research for his PhD, but obtained the degree from Summit University of Louisiana (a non-credited program) in 1987. He is the Director of the TMJ & Facial Pain Center in Columbus, Ohio.
The author of over one hundred national and international scientific publications, a manual of head and neck anatomy, and chapters in 14 textbooks, Dr. Shankland’s book, TMJ: Its Many Faces, 2nd ed(Anadem Publishers), was released in February of 1996. The second edition of this best-selling book was released in October 1998. US News & World Report magazine listed this as THE TMJ book to purchase. His second pain book, Face the Pain ( Aomega Publishers), was released July of 2000. His most recent book is Bioterrorism: You Can Survive. Dr. Shankland also edited the Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Craniofacial Pain for the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain.
Dr. Shankland is a member of many professional organizations, the most notable being the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine and the Academy of Clinical Sleep Disorders Disciplines. Dr. Shankland is Board Certified by the American Board of Craniofacial Pain. In addition, Dr. Shankland is a member editorial boards for fifteen (15) scientific journals.
Recently being recognized as of the outstanding 20 practices in Central Ohio, Dr. Shankland and his staff see patients from all over North America, Europe, Asia, Africa and even Australia. In addition, Dr. Shankland has lectured throughout the US, Canada, Mexico, England, Germany, Norway, South Africa, Australia, Singapore, China and Malaysia. While in graduate school, he was fortunate enough to discover a muscle (the zygomandibularis), which previously had not been reported in the scientific literature. He also histologically confirmed the existence of a bursa for the tensor veli palatini muscle.
Originally from Lima, Ohio, Dr. Shankland has resided in Columbus since 1971, except for his time of military service as a medic in the US Army. He and his wife attend Life Church at Easton.