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The Meso Foundation Board of Directors:Melissa Culligan, RN, MS

Meet Melissa Culligan, RN, MS , Director

Melissa Culligan, RN, MS has worked as a thoracic oncology nurse since 1987 in various capacities ranging from the intensive care unit to nurse navigator for pleural malignancy patients. In 1998 she began to specialize in caring for mesothelioma patients and conducting clinical research focused on combining surgery with photodynamic therapy for mesothelioma and other pleural malignancies. She has had the opportunity to work on multiple other clinical trials for mesothelioma over the years and is a co-author on multiple scientific publications in the area of mesothelioma research. She has lectured nationally and internationally on the subject of establishing and building a multidisciplinary mesothelioma program as well as caring for pleural malignancy patients. In 2013 she received her Master of Science degree from Drexel University’s College of Medicine in the area of Clinical Research Organization and Management. She is currently a clinical instructor in the Department of Surgery at the University of Maryland and the University of Maryland Medical Center’s Division of Thoracic Surgery’s Program Administrator and Director of Clinical Research. Melissa serves on the Board of Director’s of the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation and as the deputy chair for the International Thoracic Oncology Nurse Forum.

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