Dan Nielsen – Bio

Dan NielsenFounder & CEO:

Dan Nielsen Company  – equipping you to achieve greater success

America’s Healthcare Leaders – sharing strategies and perspectives of senior healthcare executives throughout America



National Institute for Healthcare Leadership – serving healthcare leaders throughout America


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. (now Vizient)

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 books Be An Inspirational Leader: Engage, Inspire, Empower (2017) and Presidential Leadership: Learning from United States Presidential Libraries & Museums (2013). He also regularly publishes short articles on his website about achieving greater success, developing leadership excellence, and living an inspired and fulfilling life. To read more, please click here.


Presentations and Facilitation

In addition to being a highly successful inspirational leader, Dan has made countless keynote presentations, and has planned, led and facilitated hundreds of senior executive meetings, retreats, seminars, and conferences. 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 in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, is married, has two grown children and two grandchildren. To learn more about Dan’s passions and interests, click here.