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Dr. Anastasia Kelekis-Cholakis, dean of the Dr. Gerald Niznick College of Dentistry welcomes you to a community of faculty, staff, alumni and partners, all dedicated to educating students to become confidant and caring oral health professionals. We offer a progressive and inclusive learning environment and we’re confident you’ll feel challenged, motivated and welcome.

About our benefactor

  • Dr. Gerald Niznick [DMD/66, LLD (Hon)/02] is recognized as the originator of modern implant dentistry.

    Born to immigrant parents, Niznick grew up in Fort Frances, Ontario, before moving to Winnipeg to attend high school, then the University of Manitoba, in the 1960s.

    He set up his own dental practice soon after and by the late 80s, Niznick had developed four different implant designs.

    His first, the Core-Vent Implant System, in less than a decade became the most widely used dental implant system in the world.

  • In 2018, Dr. Niznick and Mrs. Reesa Niznick made the largest gift in the College's history. 

    The Niznicks’ $7.5 million donation reflects the breadth of innovative teaching, research, and community outreach found in the College of Dentistry. Their generous act will enhance clinical training space, fund special initiatives that enrich our community’s health and wellbeing and create reliable endowed funding for the College.

    In recognition of this transformative gift, it is a great honour the college bear the name Dr. Gerald Niznick College of Dentistry.

  • Dr. Gerald Niznick stands side by side with his wife Reesa Niznick outside the Dentistry building.

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Dr. Gerald Niznick College of Dentistry
D113, 780 Bannatyne Avenue
University of Manitoba, Bannatyne Campus
Winnipeg, MB R3E 0W2 Canada