NSU’s College of Dental Medicine Professor Elected President of the World Federation for Laser Dentistry

Melissa A. Marchesan, D.D.S., M.S., Ph.D., associate professor of endodontics, Nova Southeastern University (NSU) College of Dental Medicine, was recently elected as president of the World Federation for Laser Dentistry (WFLD) in North America. She will be installed at the organization’s annual meeting in Paris on July 1 and will serve a two-year term.

Dr. Melissa Marchesan
Dr. Melissa Marchesan

WFLD is a non-profit organization that focuses on the exchange, advancement and dissemination of scientific knowledge related to the use of lasers for application and research in the oral and dental environment.

“I am honored and excited to accept this leadership role in the field of laser dentistry and represent Nova Southeastern University on a global level,” said Marchesan.

Marchesan first became involved in laser research and technology in 1998. She joined NSU in 2010.

“We are proud of Dr. Marchesan for achieving this high level of success and recognition in the field of laser dentistry,” said Linda Niessen, D.M.D., M.P.H., M.P.P., dean of the NSU College of Dental Medicine.

Marchesan received her Ph.D. in endodontics from University of Ribeirão Preto, Brazil, Master of Science in Restorative Dentistry/Endodontics from University of São Paulo, Brazil, and her Doctor of Dental Surgery from University of São Paulo. She completed her specialty in endodontics at Nova Southeastern University.




About NSU College of Dental Medicine: Predoctoral and postdoctoral dental students of the college benefit from state-of-the-art educational programs, clinical facilities, dedicated staff, and an outstanding faculty recognized annually with numerous awards and honors. Research programs focus on clinical trials, biomaterials, tissue engineering, and innovative methods for delivering preventive dental services.  The College of Dental Medicine’s academic programs demonstrate a special commitment to caring for medically complex patients, underserved populations, and special needs children and adults. Students and professionals come from diverse backgrounds to pursue their courses of study at the college. For more information, please visit http://dental.nova.edu/


About Nova Southeastern University: Situated on 314 beautiful acres in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, Nova Southeastern University (NSU) is a dynamic fully accredited research institution dedicated to providing high-quality educational programs at all levels.  NSU is a not-for-profit independent institution with 27,000 students. NSU awards associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, specialist, doctoral and first-professional degrees in a wide range of fields. NSU is classified as a research university with “high research activity” by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, and it is one of only 37 universities nationwide to also be awarded Carnegie’s Community Engagement Classification. For more information, please visit www.nova.edu. Celebrating 50 years of academic excellence!

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