Dr. Gerald Niznick, recognized by many as the father of modern implant dentistry, graduated from the University of Manitoba Faculty of Dentistry in 1966. He received a Masters Degree in Prosthodontics at Indiana University in 1968 and began his dental practice in 1969 in Los Angeles.
Starting in the early 1970's, Dr. Niznick began a decade long search for a reliable dental implant and, by 1982, had developed and patented his own dental implant design and established Core-Vent Corporation. By 1990, the Core-Vent System was the most widely used dental implant system in the world. This immense achievement was brought about through hard work and personal dedication - during this time, Dr. Niznick personally trained over 10,000 dentists in lectures and live surgical demonstrations. In 1989, the Canadian Dental Journal appropriately saluted his accomplishments in an interview entitled "A Canadian Who Made a Difference". With a keen understanding of his patients' needs and the future possibilities of his profession, Dr. Niznick built Core-Vent Corporation into a multi-million dollar world leader in dental implantology.
By the end of the 1990's, Dr. Niznick held 20 US Patents including one feature that has become the cornerstone of modern implants. His significant contributions to the advancement of implant dentistry have been recognized nationally and internationally. He is the recipient of numerous awards and honours, including an Honorary Doctorate from Tel Aviv University, where he has been a Member of the Board of Directors for the last 10 years.
Dr. Niznick retired in 2001 and he now has more time to devote to his hobbies of golf, motorcycle riding and flying jet airplanes. His commitment to dental education has continued through his generous support of dental schools world-wide - most recently with major contributions for the establishment of state-of-the-art clinical training centers here and abroad.
Dr. Niznick and his wife Reesa both grew up in Winnipeg and have been married 37 years. They have two married daughters and four grandchildren. They make their home in Las Vegas, Hawaii and Los Angeles but return to Winnipeg often to visit family and renew old friendships.
Not only is Gerald Niznick a leader in the field of implant dentistry, he is truly an exceptional individual - an innovator and entrepreneur who we are proud to call an alumnus of the University of Manitoba, Faculty of Dentistry.
Mr. Chancellor, it is an honour and a privilege for me to ask in the name of the Senate of the University of Manitoba that you confer upon Dr. Gerald A. Niznick, the degree of Doctor of Science, honoris causa.