Nirmala Tasgaonkar, BDS, MDS, FDSRCS(Ed), MSNDRCS(Ed), MS, MBA, DABSCD

Associate Professor of Oncology
Dentistry Maxillofacial Prosthetics Department
Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center
Associate Professor Oral Oncology
State University of New York at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine
Areas of Expertise: 
Comprehensive Dental Care
Treatment of patients with special needs
Oral and Dental Prosthetics
Special Interests: 
Dental treatment of special needs patients, including the entire range of physical, medical, mental and sensory disabilities
Oral and dental care for patients diagnosed with head and neck cancers
Dynamics of health care management in an educational setting


In 1980, I earned my degree in dentistry from the University of Bombay (now University of Mumbai) and specialized in prosthetic dentistry. After some years of working in India, the science of dentistry was developing at a breathtakingly rapid rate, so I wanted to learn more at other centers of excellence and see the world.  

My quest took to me to Saudi Arabia, England, Scotland, Wales and finally to Upstate New York. At each place, I had opportunities to interact with a variety of people, see their concern for their oral health and treat them in various settings. Along the way, I was learning more dentistry, getting licensed, doing advanced exams and honing my skill, all in tandem. It has been an exhilarating ride so far. I have worked with and learned from some of the most distinguished teachers in my profession, and the adventure continues here, at Roswell Park. I have been very lucky in my choice of work and enjoy all aspects of dentistry. 

I'm grateful to God that humans have a total of 52 teeth in their lifetime because they will always need help keeping their mouths healthy, so there will always be a job for a well-trained dentist!


Education and Training: 
1974-1980 - BDS, MDS - Dentistry and Prosthetic Dentistry, University of Mumbai (formerly University of Bombay), Mumbai, India
2010-2013 - MS, MBA - Simon Graduate School of Business, University of Rochester, Rochester NY
2008-2009 - General Practice Residency, Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester, NY
2006-2008 - Advanced Education in General Dentistry, Eastman Dental Center, Rochester, NY
1993 - Fellowship in Dental Surgery, Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh, UK
Board Certification: 
2015 - Diplomate American Board of Special Care Dentistry
Professional Memberships: 
2004 - Membership in Special Needs Dentistry, Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh, UK
Special Care Dentistry Association
American Academy of Implant Dentists
NYS Taskforce for Office for People With Developmental Disabilities
Professional Experience: 
2018-2019 - Dentist, Finger Lakes Community Health, Ovid, NY
2011-2018 - Assistant Professor, Eastman Institute of Oral Health, University of Rochester, NY
2009-2011 - Clinical Instructor Eastman Institute of Oral Health, University of Rochester, NY
2001-2006 - Senior Dental Officer North Herts & Stevenage Primary Care Trust, Warrington Community Dental Center, St Helens Community Dental Center, UK
1998-2006 - Dental Surgeon, Liverpool University Dental Hospital, Liverpool, UK