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Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC

The Consummate Educator

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Nissim Benbassat ’03, PROS ’12


In a sense, Nissim Benbassat joined the “family business” the day he became an Ostrow faculty member. 

His father, Maxim Nissim Benbassat, has been a USC faculty member for more than 20 years, teaching anesthesiology at the Keck School of Medicine of USC.

It was in part by seeing the gratifying work his father did in health care that the younger Benbassat, an assistant professor of clinical dentistry, became interested in science.

“I volunteered as an undergraduate in the maxillofacial surgery department at LAC+USC Medical Center,” says Benbassat, who earned a bachelor’s degree in biomedical sciences from USC. “I was just fascinated with the prosthetic treatments the patients received.”

After finishing his undergraduate studies in 2003, Benbassat left Los Angeles to complete his DDS at New York University. In 2008, he returned to the Golden State to pursue his postgraduate studies in prosthodontics at Ostrow.

Since joining the faculty in 2013, Benbassat has served in various leadership positions within the Dental Faculty Assembly, Ostrow faculty’s representative body. Most notably, Benbassat served as its president from 2016 to 2017, representing Ostrow within USC’s Academic Senate.  

But it’s his work with Ostrow students — assigning patients and completing treatment plans while increasing on-time graduation rates — that makes him the proudest.

“My hope is that students come out of USC with the conviction that doing the right thing for their patients and serving the community in a compassionate ethical manner is the only way to be a successful practitioner.”


This story originally appeared in the TroDent, the official publication for the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC. Read more stories like this in our Spring 2018 issue.


Posted May 2018