Plenary Session | Friday, April 13 | 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Dan Harris is a co-anchor for Nightline and the weekend edition of Good Morning America on ABC News, as well as host of ABC’s 500 Questions. He is also the author of 10% Happier, a #1 New York Times bestselling book about a fidgety, skeptical news anchor who stumbles upon meditation. Recently, Harris launched an app specifically designed to teach meditation to doubters and busy people. This ancient practice – too long associated exclusively with hippies and robed gurus – has been shown by modern science to boost resilience, focus, creativity, emotional intelligence, and overall mental and physical health. With meditation and mindfulness now being embraced by executives, athletes, educators and entertainers, Harris has become a leading voice for pushing for the practice into the mainstream, using plain English and dry humor. He has spoken in front of a variety of audiences—corporations, health and wellness organizations, and schools and universities.
In 10% Happier, Harris tells his story as only a reporter can: through deep research, tough questions, and a healthy dose of irony. The book is part investigation and part immersive journalism: one man’s accidental quest to boost his happiness quotient without losing his professional drive. After learning about research that suggests meditation can do everything from lower your blood pressure to essentially rewire your brain, Harris took a deep dive into the underreported world of CEOs, scientists, and even marines, who are now using it to be calmer, happier, and less yanked around by their emotions. The book takes readers on a ride from the outer reaches of neuroscience to the inner sanctum of network news to the bizarre fringes of America’s spiritual scene and leaves them with a takeaway that could actually change their lives.
Previously, Harris was the anchor of the Sunday edition of World News. He regularly contributes stories on ABC for such shows as 20/20, World News Tonight with David Muir, and the weekday edition of Good Morning America. Harris has reported from all over the world, covering wars in Afghanistan, Israel/Palestine, and Iraq, and producing investigative reports in Haiti, Cambodia, and the Congo. He has also spent many years covering America’s faith scene, with a focus on evangelicals—who have treated him kindly despite the fact that he is openly agnostic.
Harris has been at ABC News for 16 years, receiving Murrow and Emmy awards for his reporting. Prior to joining ABC, he was in local news in Boston and Maine.
Harris grew up outside of Boston and currently lives with his wife, Bianca, and their son, Alexander, in New York City.
Caroline and William Mark Memorial Award
David J. Goldberg, MD, JD
Dr. Goldberg earned his medical degree from Yale University School of Medicine. He completed his dermatology residency and dermatologic surgical fellowship at New York University Medical Center. He has served as President as well as Chairman of both the Ethics and International Committees of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery (ASLMS). Dr. Goldberg was the first ever recipient of the ASLMS Leon Goldman award named after the founder of laser medicine. He has served on the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Dermatology, the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, the International Society of Dermatologic Surgery and the American Society of Lasers in Medicine and Surgery. He is also Director or Co-director of the annual 5CC meeting in Spain, the Aesthetic Extender Symposium in FL and the New Frontiers in Cosmetic Medicine meeting in NJ. Dr. Goldberg is on the editorial boards of the Lasers in Surgery and Medicine and Dermatologic Surgery. He is current Senior Chief-Editor of the Journal of Cosmetic and Laser Therapy. Finally, Dr. Goldberg is an attorney and an Adjunct Professor of Law where he has taught a course entitled “Advances in Health Care Law.”
Leon Goldman Memorial Award
Kristen M. Kelly, MD
Dr. Kelly is a board-certified dermatologist and Professor at the University of California (UC), Irvine. She attended UC, Los Angeles as both an undergraduate and medical student. She completed an internship in internal medicine and a dermatology residency at UC Irvine. After residency, Dr. Kelly completed a fellowship in photomedicine and biomedical optics at the Beckman Laser Institute and then obtained an academic appointment in the departments of dermatology and surgery at UC Irvine. She currently serves as the Vice Chair of Dermatology and the Dermatology Residency Program Director at UC Irvine. Her research has helped to optimize cutaneous vascular lesion treatment, evaluate cutaneous angiogenesis, and develop and evaluate novel dermatologic light based imaging and therapeutic options. She has given over 175 lectures at local, national and international conferences and events and has authored 97 scientific papers and 15 book chapters. Dr. Kelly is a fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology and her research has been funded by the ASLMS, Sturge Weber Foundation, Dermatology Foundation and National Institutes of Health. Dr. Kelly has been an active ASLMS member since 1998 and is a past President of the society.
Throughout her career, Dr. Kelly has been guided and taught by many people who are members of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery. Others in the society have received similar gifts of skills and knowledge, which we can use to provide light and hope through mentoring and clinical treatments. Let there be light!
Ellet H. Drake Memorial Award
Jill S. Waibel, MD
Dr. Waibel practices as a board-certified dermatologist specializing in general dermatology, cutaneous laser surgery and cosmetic dermatology for adults and children. She is in private practice in Miami, Florida and Coral Gables, Florida. She is currently the medical director and owner of the Miami Dermatology and Laser Institute in Miami. Dr. Waibel is the subsection chief of Dermatology at Baptist Hospital. In addition, Dr. Waibel serves as a Clinical Voluntary Assistant Professor at the University of Miami. She is a world-recognized leader in dermatologic laser surgery and lectures all over the world to train other physicians. In her practice she has over 40 laser devices and treats a wide variety of cutaneous disease. Dr. Waibel is active in basic science clinical trials at the University of Miami and has a clinical trials division Miami Dermatology and Research. One of Dr. Waibel’s primary passions is the treatment of scars by applying today’s latest cutaneous laser technologies. She has successfully developed industry-leading procedures and techniques with lasers, received numerous awards for her contributions to medicine, and published numerous peer-reviewed journal articles and several textbook chapters. She was named “Person of the Week” on ABC World News Tonight in 2015, and was recently granted a Cutting Edge Research Grant by the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery. She has received numerous awards for her contributions to medicine, including an award given by Surgeon General Koop. The 2016 JDD Humanitarian Award has been given to Dr. Waibel for her innovative work in using lasers to treat patients with traumatic burn injuries. Dr. Waibel lectures, collaborates and trains military physicians to help the wounded warriors. Dr. Waibel makes her home in Coral Gables with her husband and four children.
Excellence in Laser Nursing/Allied Health Award
John E. Hoopman, AAS, CMLSO
John began his clinical experience at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas in 1998. He is now the administrator of the UT program (now some 300+ lasers strong) including the disciplines of medical/surgical specialties including Cardio-Thoracic, Dermatology, Plastic Surgery, Ophthalmology, Obstetrics/Gynecology, Oral Surgery, Orthopedics, Otorhinolaryngology, Urology, General and Neurologic Surgery. With his academic and developmental involvement in light medicine John has a unique ability to gauge and review most of the new and emerging light and noninvasive technologies being brought to bear in today’s ever changing surgical/clinical world. He has had the honor and pleasure to be involved with revolutionary new laser and light applications in the past few years that significantly affected both the quality and duration of patient’s lives.
Dr. Horace Furumoto Innovations Professional Development - Young Investigator Award
Zeev Zalevsky, PhD
Dr. Zalevsky received his B.Sc. and direct Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Tel-Aviv University in 1993 and 1996 respectively. Zeev is currently a full Professor in the faculty of engineering in Bar-Ilan University, Israel. His major fields of research are optical super resolution, biomedical optics, nano-photonics and electro-optical devices. Zeev has published more than 450 refereed journal papers, about 300 conference proceeding papers, has more than 50 issued patents, 6 authored books, 3 books as an editor and 30 book chapters. For his scientific activity Zeev has received many national and international prizes such as the Krill prize, the International Commission of Optics (ICO) prize and Abbe medal, the Juludan prize, the international SAOT (School for Advanced Optical Technologies) Young Researcher Prize, the Lean and Maria Taubenblatt Prize, the young investigator award in nanoscience and nanotechnology given by the Israel National Nanotechnology Initiative (INNI) together with the Ministry of Economics, the international Wearable Technologies (WT) Innovation World Cup 2012 Prize, the Image Engineering Innovation Award of the Society for Imaging Science and Technology (IS&T), the Outstanding Young Scientist Award (OYSA) of NANOSMAT, the Serial Innovator Award, SPIE Startup Challenge Prize, IAAM Scientist Medal of 2017 and more. Zeev is a fellow of SPIE, OSA, EOS, IET, IOP and NANOSMAT.
Dr. Horace Furumoto Innovations Professional Development - Distinguished Contributor Award
G. David Baxter, TD, DPhil, MBA
Dr. Baxter is Professor at the University of Otago, and Director of New Zealand’s National Science Challenge for Ageing Well. He is a Visiting Professor at Ulster University (UK), where he completed his doctoral training; he also holds an MBA from the University of London. David’s current projects include research on the effectiveness of photobiomodulation in the management of breast cancer-related lymphoedema. He has authored or co-authored over 250 peer-reviewed research papers in peer-reviewed journals and contributed to various textbooks. David is Editor in Chief of Physical Therapy Reviews and serves on the Editorial Boards of Laser Therapy and Photomedicine and Laser Surgery. He has presented multiple platform or poster presentations and educational workshops at national and international meetings. David is a Chartered Physiotherapist and has been recognized as a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland, and of the American Society for Lasers in Medicine and Surgery; he received a Presidential citation from ASLMS in 2015. He was recognized for his research achievements with award of the Chaffer Medal by the Otago Postgraduate Medical Society in 2017.