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WesternU appoints Steven Friedrichsen College of Dental Medicine dean

WesternU appoints Steven Friedrichsen College of Dental Medicine dean
Dr. Friedrichsen

Pomona, Calif.—Western University of Health Sciences named Dr. Steven W. Friedrichsen dean of the College of Dental Medicine.

Dr. Friedrichsen joined WesternU as the associate dean of patient care and clinical curriculum in January 2010 and served as interim dean since Feb. 1. He is a past dean of Creighton University Medical Center School of Dentistry and also served as special assistant to the Creighton University president for health care strategies.

For more than 20 years, Dr. Friedrichsen was chairman of the department of dental sciences and director of the dental education program at Idaho State University. During that time, he also served as director of the Idaho advanced general dentistry residency program for five years.

Dr. Friedrichsen taught at Northwestern University Dental School, Idaho State University and Creighton and maintained a private practice in general dentistry for more than 25 years.

“In his academic and professional qualifications, and in the way he interacts with students and staff, Steve Friedrichsen represents everything that makes Western University of Health Sciences the special place it is,” Ben Cohen, D.O., WesternU provost and chief operating officer, said in a statement.

As WesternU dean, Dr. Friedrichsen succeeds Dr. James Koelbl, the dean of the University of New England College of Dental Medicine.