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Presentations will be given at the Plenary Session on Friday, April 7.

Keynote Speaker

phuc-kimFriday, April 7 | 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM | Hall F | Plenary Session
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Kim Phuc

Kim Phuc is known as the “napalm girl” or “girl in the picture,” the subject of the famous Pulitzer Prize-winning photo of a nine-year-old girl running down the road in Vietnam after being severely burned by napalm during a bombing of her village. She wasn’t expected to survive, but she did eventually recover after 17 operations.

Kim’s presentation, Life Lessons, will offer reflection about her journey from war to peace and forgiveness. She will discuss the bombing of Trang Bang, her struggle to survive, her quest for freedom, how she learned to forgive her enemies and use that photograph for peace; her life as a wife and mother and a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Peace.

The keynote address will take place during the Plenary Session on Friday, April 7. Kim Phuc will also be participating in a special Q&A segment during the Celebration of Women in Energy-Based Devices event the evening of Thursday, April 6.

Kim Phuc's Story

Kim Phuc tells an inspiring story of courage and forgiveness unlike any other. Once an iconic child symbol of war, she is now a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for the Culture of Peace. Her remarkable journey has taken her from Vietnam to Cuba and finally, in 1992, to Canada.

Kim Phuc is the nine-year-old girl in the famous Pulitzer-prize winning photo taken by AP photographer Nick Ut. On June 8th, 1972, the day napalm bombs fell on her village of Trang Bang, Kim was photographed fleeing up the road, naked, and screaming in pain. Her skin was on fire and she was terribly wounded.

A child’s life changed forever by a bomb and a photograph.

Kim Phuc wasn’t expected to survive, but she did. She survived 17 operations. The photograph that shocked the world may have saved her. Because of the recognition, Kim was moved to the acclaimed Barksky burn clinic and cared for by wonderful doctors.

Although Kim still deals with pain, she has healed both physically and emotionally. She leads, not only a  "normal" life, but an extraordinary life. She speaks around the world at conferences, schools, hospitals and churches, with presidents, business leaders and students.

Overcoming pain and suffering, learning the importance of freedom and the power of  forgiveness, are just a few of the life lessons Kim has to share. She loves to laugh. She is full of strength and compassion. Her determination to survive and her commitment to give back have made her a remarkable example of resilience and the power of humanity for audiences everywhere.

In 1996 she founded The Kim Foundation International, a non-profit organization which partners to fund projects to help child victims of war.

Today Kim Phuc is a Canadian citizen. She lives in the Toronto area with her husband, Toan, their two sons, Thomas and Stephen and her parents. In 1997, she was named a Lifetime UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Peace. She is an Honorary Member of Rotary, a member of the Advisory Board for the Wheelchair Foundation, a Member of the Advisory Board of Free Children's Foundation in Canada, and the World Children's Center in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

Kim is a recipient of the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal and the 2004 "Order of Ontario". She holds honorary doctorate degrees from universities in Canada and Australia.

phuc-kim-002Lasers Help with the Healing

In 2015, Kim Phuc began receiving laser treatments from Dr. Jill Waibel of the Miami Dermatology and Laser Institute to reduce the pain and appearance of burn scars on her back and left arm. Watch the CBS Sunday Morning Show video.

chen-boSpecial Speaker

Friday, April 7 | 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM | Hall F | Plenary Session
Dr. Horace Furumoto Innovations Professional Development - Young Investigator Award Recipient

Bo Chen, PhD

Dr. Bo Chen's presentation will overview tools and methods that have been employed in his research of novel medical treatments. Through his eye as a research scientist, Dr. Chen will provide insight on how a scientist approaches medical problems, and how he utilizes objective measurements to aid and guide the development of new therapeutic systems.

Dr. Chen is currently a principal scientist at Cynosure. He earned his BS and MS in physics from Tsinghua University, China and his PhD in biomedical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin in 2007, working with Professor A.J. Welch. During his time at Cynosure, he has been responsible for leading research and development projects for new medical applications, including minimally-invasive and non-invasive treatments of body fat, and minimally-invasive treatment of cellulite.  Dr. Chen has been involved with ASLMS since graduate school and has presented several abstracts at the conference. He was awarded Scientific Research Travel Grants from ASLMS Annual Meetings in 2006 and 2007.

Featured Session Speakers


Friday, April 7, 4:50 PM - 4:56 PM | Laser Dental Applications

Christopher J. Walinski, DDS

Intrapulpal Thermal Increment Measurements and Duration of Class II Cavity Preparations Made with Er,Cr:YSGG Laser


Saturday, April 8, 2:16 PM - 2:44 PM | Women’s Health

Adrian Gaspar, MD

Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation: Past, Present and Future


Saturday, April 8, 5:01- 5:21 PM | Basic Science and Translational Research

Tayyaba Hasan, PhD

Translating Laboratory Science into the Clinic: Photodynamic Therapy of AMD, Skin and Pancreatic Cancers

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