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Malin Friess, D.M.D.

  • Assistant Professor of General Practice Residency, School of Dentistry
  • Program Director, General Practice Residency, School of Dentistry
  • Adult Hospital Dentistry, School of Dentistry


Dr. Friess holds a DMD from the Oregon Health Science University School of Dentistry (2003). He received a certificate in General Practice Residency from the Portland Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center (2004). 

Following three years of practice in public health dentistry in Akron, Ohio; Dr. Friess began part-time teaching at the Center for Dental Health General Practice Residency at Summa City Hospital. In 2009, he was accepted into Samaritan’s Purse Post-Residency Program. Dr. Friess served as an international dentist in the country of Kenya for two years. He provided dental treatment and teaching to national dentists, and dental health officers at Kijabe Hospital and Tenwek Hospital dental clinics. In 2012, he took a full time staff position at the New Mexico Veteran’s Affairs Health Care System in Albuquerque, NM. Dr. Friess was designated the Site Director for the University New Mexico Advanced Education in General Dentistry. In 2019, he joined Oregon Health & Science University as an Assistant Professor, General Practice Residency and is currently the Acting Program Director.

Dr. Friess maintains a practice limited to hospital dentistry. He specializes in treatment of those with complex health conditions, psychological concerns, and adults with special needs that are not able to be seen in a typical dental environment.

Education and training

  • Degrees

    • D.M.D., 2003, OHSU School of Dentistry
  • Residency

    • General Practice Residency Program, Portland Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center, Portland, Oregon 2004

Memberships and associations:

  • American Dental Association
  • American Dental Education Association
  • Oregon Dental Association

Areas of interest

  • Dr. Friess has a particular interest in turning standard one-sided lectures into two-way conversations using an embedded web-based response system that allows his learners to respond to real-time polls via SMS texting on a smart phone.

Honors and awards

  • 2002 OHSU Award for Clinical Excellence
  • 2003 Rose Award for Outstanding Service
  • First Dentist Accepted to World Medical Mission’s Post Residency Program


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