Dr. Linda Niessen is a Dean and Professor at the Nova Southeastern University College of Dental Medicine in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, the only dental school in South Florida and the first private dental school in Florida.

Prior to this position, she served as a professor at Baylor College of Dentistry, Texas A&M University in Dallas from 1991 to 2013. In addition to her academic career, Dr. Niessen held executive positions at DENTSPLY International, a leading manufacturer and distributor of dental and other consumable medical device products, including most recently as Vice President, Chief Clinical Officer and prior as DENTSPLY’s Vice President, Clinical Education.

Dr. Niessen received her B.A. degree from the University of New Mexico and her D.M.D. degree from the Harvard School of Dental Medicine. Additionally, she received a M.P.H. degree from Harvard School of Public Health, a Certificate in Dental Public Health from Harvard School of Dental Medicine and a M.P.P. degree from the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.

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