Dan Nielsen


CEO of Dallas-Fort Worth Medical Center
For 15 years, with vision, commitment and inspirational leadership, Dan built and led an organization from the ground up.

In the beginning, the medical center was without funding, property, buildings, medical staff, or patients. Under Dan’s leadership the organization grew to become a successful, profitable and rapidly growing medical center.

Senior Executive at VHA, Inc.
For nearly 15 years Dan was the lead executive responsible for the National Education and Networking strategies and activities of VHA, America’s largest hospital and healthcare national alliance. During his tenure, VHA was named by Fortune Magazine 5 years in a row as one of America’s best 100 companies to work for in America, and during those same years, Dan’s area of responsibility within VHA was at the top of the company in both Customer Satisfaction and Employee Satisfaction.

Professor and Faculty Member
  • Washington University School of Medicine
  • University of Texas at Arlington
  • University of Dallas
  • University of North Texas Health Science Center

Professional Affiliations, Past and Present
  • Fellow of American College of Healthcare Executives
  • National Speakers Association
  • American Society of Association Executives
  • Rotary – Paul Harris Fellow

  • Southern Nazarene University – Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
  • Washington University School of Medicine – Master of Healthcare Administration

Dan is the author of the book Presidential Leadership: Learning from United States Presidential Libraries & Museums (October 2013). He also regularly publishes short articles on his personal website about achieving greater success, developing leadership excellence, and living an inspired and fulfilling life. To learn more, please click here.

Presentations and Facilitation
In addition to being a highly successful inspirational leader, Dan has made countless presentations, and has planned, led and facilitated hundreds of senior executive meetings, retreats, seminars and conferences. His top presentations include:

For more information on booking Dan to speak, facilitate or consult, please click here.

Hobbies and Personal
Dan is enthusiastic, energetic, and active. He enjoys reading, writing, digital photography, memorizing inspirational literature, and traveling across America. Dan lives near Dallas, Texas, is married, has two grown children and two grandchildren. To learn more about Dan’s passions and interests, click here.