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Donald Nixdorf

Donald R. Nixdorf DDS, MS

Professor and Director, Division of TMD & Orofacial Pain, University of Minnesota, School of Dentistry, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Dr. Donald Nixdorf is a Professor at the University of Minnesota in the Departments of Diagnostic & Biological Sciences, School of Dentistry and Radiology, Medical School. He is the Director of the Division of TMD and Orofacial Pain and past Director of the Graduate Orofacial Pain Program.

Dr. Nixdorf graduated from the University of Alberta, Faculty of Dentistry in 1996. He then completed a residency in hospital dentistry with a Masters at The Ohio State University, Anesthesia fellowship at Johns Hopkins University, Orofacial Pain fellowship at the University of Alberta, and a Master of Science in Clinic Research at the University of Minnesota as a part of an NIH-funded training program. He is a Diplomate of the National Dental Board of Anesthesiology (NDBA) and the American Board of Orofacial Pain (ABOP).

Dr. Nixdorf maintains a specialty practice that centers on the diagnoses and management of chronic TMD pain, headaches, and neuropathic pain within a multi-disciplinary settings. Dr. Nixdorf’s research has focused on the topics of non-odontogenic “tooth” pain from a classification, diagnosis, epidemiology, exploration of mechanisms, and treatment perspectives. He also is engaged in developing MRI technologies for dental applications.