Sheila Riggs

Sheila Riggs - Associate Professor
Associate Professor, Department of Primary Dental Care
School of Dentistry, Twin Cities
  • Health
  • Communication
  • Culture and diversity
  • Equity and Diversity


Sheila Riggs, DDS, MS, DMSc, is an academic and policy leader with an established record in developing and implementing innovative results through balanced portfolio of peer-reviewed research and hands-on community engagement. She has navigated a uniquely influential career as a dentist, epidemiologist, academic, corporate executive, and policy advocate.

Riggs is the chair of the Department of Primary Dental Care at the University of Minnesota’s School of Dentistry. She also serves on the Community Engagement team for the University’s Clinical and Translational Science Institute. 

Riggs is passionate about removing barriers to care and improving the oral health care of all Minnesotans.

Notable Achievements

Founder, “Get to Yes with DHS” work group
2016 Distinguished Alumni Awardee, Harvard School of Dental Medicine
Chair, Board of Directors of Hennepin Health System
Board member, Cargill Foundation
Board member, Minnesota Hospital Association

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