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Robert A. Convissar, D.D.S.Robert A. Convissar, D.D.S.

Diplomate, American Board of Laser Surgery, Director of Laser Dentistry, New York Presbyterian Hospital of Queens, Private Practice NYC

Dr. Convissar is a pioneer in the field of laser dentistry. One of the first dentists to incorporate lasers into general practice, Dr. Convissar has over 28 years of experience with CO2, Nd.YAG, Diode and Erbium wavelengths. The author of over 15 peer reviewed papers and author/coauthor of 6 textbooks on laser dentistry, Dr. Convissar has presented over 300 laser seminars on all 5 continents. He practices cosmetic, restorative, and laser dentistry in New York City, where he also serves as Director of Laser Dentistry at New York Presbyterian Hospital Queens. His textbook, "Principles and Practice of Laser Dentistry," now in its 2nd edition, has been the #1 selling laser dentistry textbook in the world for the past 8 years.

Praveen Arany, D.D.S., Ph.D.

Praveen Arany, D.D.S., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, School of Dental Medicine, Engineering & Applied Sciences University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY

Dr. Arany an Assistant Professor of Oral Biology at the University of Buffalo School of Dental Medicine. He completed a joint PhD-Residency program at Harvard University as a Harvard Presidential Scholar and holds certificates in clinical translational research from Harvard Medical School and the National Institute of Health. Dr. Arany held additional fellowships at the Indian Institute of Sciences, the National Cancer Institute and Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences & Wyss Institute.

Throughout his career, Dr. Arany has published over 80 publications and is the recipient of numerous industry awards. He is an active member of committees including the Academy of Laser Dentistry (ALD) and the American Association for Dental Research (AADR). Currently he is the President of the World Association of Laser Therapy. Dr. Arany’s work has been featured in mainstream media highlights for channels including Fox news, CNN, MSNBC, Washington Post, the BBC, Reuters and MIT technical review.


Sharon Elad, D.M.D., M.Sc.

Eastman Institute for Oral Health, University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, NY

Dr. Elad is a Professor and Chair of the Division of Oral Medicine at the Eastman Institute for Oral Health (EIOH), at the University of Rochester. In addition, she is the Clinical Chief for Hospital General Dentistry at the University of Rochester Medical Center Strong Memorial Hospital. Dr. Elad is currently the Chair of the MASCC/ISOO Mucositis Study Group (MSG). She is also the section head for GVHD and for Viral Infections in the MASCC/ISOO Oral Care Study Group (OCSG). During her years of service in the MSG and OCSG leadership, as well as on the ISOO Board, Dr. Elad took a lead role in the development and publication of several guidelines and position papers. She has published extensively in professional journals, co-authored multiple book chapters and is an editorial board member in several medical journals. Dr. Elad is most proud of the Honorary Diplomate Award she received from the American Board of Oral Medicine.