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2012 Annual Conference Highlights

By Dr. Eric F. Bernstein, M.D., M.S.E.

The ASLMS 32nd Annual Conference was held April 18-22, 2012, 2012 in Kissimmee, Florida.  Our Annual Conference is always exciting because of the important science and significant new clinical applications presented by the speakers.  The ASLMS received 346 abstract submissions and approximately 300 were selected for presentation.  Presentations on experimental and translational research, cutaneous laser surgery, photodynamic therapy, photobiomodulation, surgical applications and interstitial laser therapy were given by world-class experts creating an innovative and stimulating program for all attendees including physicians, nurses, scientists, engineers, and industry representatives.

This year the conference theme was Global Innovation Exchange “Straight Talk and Networking for Scientists and Clinical Practitioners” and was highlighted with “straight talk” presentations that documented new techniques, protocols and laser systems.  In addition, a special session Cutting Edge “Laser and Skin” was included that encouraged attendees to question dogma and to challenge our laser engineers to shatter conventional approaches.  A successful session dedicated to international experiences in dermatology was held to open the ASLMS to medical laser societies outside the United States.  A Student/Post-Doc/Resident Opportunities session was held which allowed pre-career professionals to learn about examples of successful scientist/physician careers; we also included a Student/Resident Lounge allowing students to speak one-on-one to experts in the field.  Other educational opportunities were held on the topics of photodynamic therapy, interstitial laser therapy, scar revision, and burns and trauma.  

New for 2012 was the extremely successful “Tech Connect Non-CME Session” lead by Dr. Roy Geronemus where 15 experts each discussed their personal procedural and device preference.  This was a “Straight Talk Session” and was attended by over 400 people.  This session will be continued in the future and enhanced to add more controversial topics.

Story Musgrave gave the keynote address for the Annual Conference.  It was far and away, the best keynote speech I have ever heard, anywhere.  He got a standing ovation that lasted 10 minutes, and there were laser surgeons with tears in their eyes everywhere.  When I selected Story to give this talk, it was based on his CV, which reads like the accomplishments of five outstanding individuals. It was almost unbelievable that one person could accomplish so much. However, these accomplishments are not the most exceptional things about Story.  He has integrated his extraordinary experiences into a paradigm that appreciates the wonder of what he has seen, and the implications and responsibilities of where science is headed, how art and literature intersect science, and how we can change our lives for the better. I have heard from numerous individuals who attended his talk, who said that it has changed their view of life and altered the way they do things - I concur. You can feel the power and goodness inside this inspirational person As soon as the audio of Story’s presentation is available, we will notify the ASLMS membership and conference attendees.  Following are links to various books, DVD’s and other items available.

Our Annual Conference provides an ideal venue to spur the creativity of younger members in the Society.  The Society awarded 30 medical, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows at this year's Annual Conference with travel grants.  A special thank you to Dr. Howard Schlossberg, Program Manager at the Air Force Office, of Scientific Research for the grant to the Society to support graduate student and post doctoral fellow attendance.


The exhibit hall offered the opportunity to bring representatives of academia, industry and clinical practice together. With almost 1,000 attendees and 112 companies all on the same floor, the conversations and debates continued nonstop.

Also in the exhibit hall the Society once again presented the ePosters, a revolutionary, all-digital viewing system.   The ePoster format allowed approximately 100 investigators to communicate their data in a clear and concise manner without a great deal of professional graphic help.  The ePosters are available for members to view through the Society’s Web site.   


The ASLMS seventh annual Silent Auction raised $80,885.  All net proceeds will be used to support research in the coming years.   We would like to recognize and thank all of the companies for donating items for the auction and Dr. Jason Pozner for chairing this event.   We would also like to thank the ASLMS Board Members and Silent Auction Committee members for their assistance in recruiting items for the Silent Auction.

This year’s conference labored to keep the best of past conferences while incorporating new educational objectives, novel avenues of communication, and more time for dialogue.  Our Society has always worked to promote education to the intermediate and advance practitioner of laser medicine. 

We again offered a comprehensive basic course in laser medicine and a knowledge based exam.  The Fundamentals of Lasers in Health Care Course directed by Dr. J. Stuart Nelson included leaders and educators in our field and will serve as a model and cornerstone to future offerings for those new to laser medicine. 

In addition to the Fundamentals of Lasers in Health Care Course, intermediate and advanced course offerings were held and included: 

  • Nursing/Allied Health directed by Ms. Rebecca Sprague and Faye Jenkins
  • Burns and Trauma directed by Drs. Jill Waibel and Chad Hivnor
  • The Use of Technology for Resurfacing, Rejuvenation, and Contouring directed by Dr. Roy Geronemus
  • Laser Treatment of Vascular Lesions directed by Drs. Gary Lask, Bill Halmi and Christine Dierickx
  • Hair and Pigment Removal directed by Drs. Leonard Bernstein and Henry Chan
  • Medical Technology Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Clinical Success directed by Dr. Inder Makin, Eric Bernstein, and E. Duco Jansen
  • Laser Treatment of Patients of Color directed by Drs. Murad Alam and Paul Friedman
  • Complications, Controversies and Legal Issues directed by Drs. E. Victor Ross and Eric Bernstein
  • Student/Post-Doc/Resident Opportunities directed by Drs. R. Rox Anderson, Bernard Choi, and Thomas Milner
  • Technologies for Fat Related Disorders directed by Drs. Mathew Avram and A. Jay Burns
  • Periorbital Therapies directed by Drs. Brian Biesman, Jason Bloom, and Suzanne Kilmer
  • PDT: Principle and Clinical Role directed by Drs. Ron Allison and Emil Tanghetti

Seven expert luncheons were held and included:  

  • You Buying a Laser…Let Me Tell You How to Do It directed by Dr. George Hruza
  • Top 10 Mistakes I Made in Start Ups directed by Dr. Robert Grove
  • Scar Revision directed by Drs. Jill Waibel and Peter Shumaker
  • My Approach to Fractional Resurfacing directed by Drs. Suzanne Kilmer and Bruce Katz
  • Non-Invasive and Invasive Fat Removal directed by Drs. Molly Wanner and Barry DiBernardo
  • Difficult Cases and Complications directed by Drs. Kenneth Arndt and Jerome Garden
  • The Future of Lasers in the World directed by Dr. Rox Anderson

Two expert panels were conducted and included:

  • PDT in Dermatology directed by Drs. Arielle Kauvar and Bruce Katz

  • Endovenous Laser Ablation directed by Drs. Robert Weiss and Serge Mordon

Four “Experts in the Hall” sessions were conducted where experts in the field could give informal presentations and answer questions and they included:

  • Facial Rejuvenation presented by Drs. Bill Halmi and Gary Lask

  • Treating Vascular Lesions presented by Dr. Kristen Kelly

  • Optimizing Your Practice to Survive and Thrive Even in a Down Economy presented by Dr. Thomas Rohrer

  • Facial Rejuvenation presented by Dr.  Suzanne L. Kilmer 

Dialogue and critical discourse has always been a favorite part of the investigative portion of this conference.   Most of the sections had ample time and opportunity to facilitate discussion. 

The educational and scientific sessions were well received thanks to the hard work and expert preparation of the faculty as well as questions and interactive comments from attendees.

An outstanding group of section chairs reviewed and selected the best abstracts for presentation at the Annual Conference.  At the Annual Conference, they continued to work hard to ensure their sessions ran on time and that the speakers provided appropriate disclosures of interest to maintain our current CME accreditation by the Accreditation Council of Continuing Medical Education. 

The Section Chairs for the 2012 Annual Conference included:  

  • Experimental and Translational Research directed by Drs. Bernard Choi and E. Duco Jansen
  • Cutaneous Laser Surgery directed by Drs. Gilly Munavalli and Elizabeth Tanzi
  • Photobiomodulation directed by Drs. Juanita Anders, Maria Cristina Chavantes and Michael Hamblin
  • Photodynamic Therapy directed by Drs. Ron Allison and Macrene Alexiades-Armenakas
  • Surgical Applications/Interstitial Laser Therapy directed by Drs. Raymond Lanzafame and Karl G. Tranberg
  • International Experience in Lasers in Dermatology directed by Drs. Fernanda Sakamoto, Nerea Landa and Moshe Lapidoth
  • ePosters directed by Dr. Emil Tanghetti
  • Mr. Greg Absten, Exhibit Chair

All of these individuals deserve great thanks from everyone in the Society for the effort they put in to making this year's conference the best ever!  Without their support, enthusiasm, energy, and intellect, this conference would not have been possible.

During the Plenary Session, Dr. Brian Zelickson gave his Presidential State of the Society highlighting his year in office, which has led the Society in new and exciting directions while adhering to the missions of its founders.  

A number of Presidential Citations were awarded this year recognizing individuals for dedicated service to the Society and laser science and included: 

  • Eric F. Bernstein

  • Richard P. Felten

  • Richard O. Gregory

  • James C. Hsia

  • Raymond J. Lanzafame

  • Dieter Manstein

  • David M. Verebelyi

A number of individuals were selected to receive awards which were based on their abstracts and ePosters submitted to the Annual Conference and included:

  • Maura Williams, Best Overall Experimental and Translational Research Award
  • Fernanda Sakamoto, Dr. Richard E. Fitzpatrick Clinical Research and Innovations Award
  • Laurie Grizzard, Best Clinical Nursing/Allied Health Award
  • Baharak Bahmani, Best Student/Resident Experimental and Translational Research Award
  • Nathali C. Pinto, Best Student/Resident Photobiomodulation Award
  • Marlon S. Mathews, Best Student/Resident Photodynamic Therapy Award

Award lectureships were given by Dr. Brian S. Biesman as the recipient of the Ellet H. Drake Lectureship Award; Dr. Robert A. Weiss as the recipient of the Leon Goldman Memorial Award, and Dr. James C. Hsia, as the recipient of the Caroline and William Mark Memorial Award.  Ms. Holly Bryan was the recipient of the Nursing/Allied Health Excellence Award. 

Dr. Thomas Rohrer will serve as the Program Chair for the 2013 Annual Conference to be held April 3-7, 2013 at the Sheraton Boston Hotel/Hynes Convention Center.  The abstract and travel grant deadline is October 22, 2012.  Be sure to mark your calendars to submit your abstract for presentation at the 2013 Annual Conference.


 ASLMS 2012 Silent Auction

Thank you to the following winners of Silent Auction items at the 2012 ASLMS Annual Conference:

Jerry Boey

Dan Buscaglia

Ann Chapas

Mitchell Chasin

Don Conant

Holly Darcy

Agueda de Pedreschi

Mohammed Eskandai

Deb Farrell

Ginger Fegert

Mark Garvey

Richard Gregory

Joop Grevelink

George Hruza

Barry Kaplan

Paul Maglione

Ryan Maloney

Alberto Mendonca

Christina Nawada

J. Stuart Nelson

Ileana Perez

Jason Pozner

Martin Purschke

Ricardo Sabates

Ada Shepard

Sharon Stokes

Danielle Swank

Anthony Trott

Steven Werner

Lucia Zamorano

Ann Zedlitz

Brian Zelickson

ASLMS would like to acknowledge and thank the following companies who donated items for the 32nd Annual Conference. Net proceeds from the Silent Auction supports research projects designed to foster the development and use of lasers and other related technologies in medical and surgical applications.

Aerolase Corporation
Aesthetic Reviews, LLC
Alma Lasers
Tina Alster, M.D. and Elizabeth Tanzi, M.D.
R. Rox Anderson, M.D.
Mathew M. Avram, M.D., J.D.
B&W Tek, Inc.
Buffalo Filter
Canfield Imaging Systems
CoolTouch, Inc.
Cynosure, Inc.
DEKA Medical, Inc.
Eclipse Aesthetics, LLC
Ellman International, Inc.
David J. Goldberg, M.D., J.D.
Green Bay Packers
Jan Marini Skin Research, Inc.
Lasering s.r.l.
MedCo Data
Miramar Labs
Modulight USA, Inc.
Neocutis, Inc.
Palomar Medical Technologies,Inc.
Patient NOW
PCA Skin
Quality Medical Publishing, Inc.
Real Aesthetics
Rockwell Laser Industries
Sandstone Medical Technologies
Sciton, Inc.
Ava Shamban, M.D.
Solta Medical, Inc.
Sound Surgical Technologies, LLC
Surgeon’s Advisor
Syris Scientific, LLC
Ulthera, Inc.
Venus Concept
WARP PhotoMedicine, LLC
Zeltiq Aesthetics, Inc.
Zimmer MedizinSystems
ZO® Skin Health

Thank you to Annual Conference Exhibitors

The ASLMS would like to thank the following companies for exhibiting at our 32nd Annual Conference in Kissimmee, Florida.  We look forward to seeing you again at next year’s Annual Conference in Boston.


Acuderm, Inc.

Aerolase Corporation

Ageless Regenerative Institute


Alma Lasers

American Society for Laser Medicine & Surgery

Anthony Products/Gio Pelle

Apira Science, Inc.

Astanza Laser

ATL Americas, Inc.

Axia Medical Solutions, LLC

B&W Tek, Inc.

Bank of America Practice Solutions

biolitec, Inc.

Buffalo Filter

BTL Industries, Inc.

Canfield Imaging Systems




CoolTouch, Inc.


Cynosure, Inc.

DEKA Medical, Inc.

Demandforce, Inc.

Dermatology Times and Cosmetic Surgery Times

Digital Assent, LLC

Directed Light, Inc.

Doctors Toy Store

DUSA Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Eclipse Aesthetics, LLC

Ellman International


EltaMD Skincare


Enhanced Image Technologies

Eun Sung Global Corporation

5CC Congress – European Society for Laser


Everyday Health

FiberTech-RoMack, LEONI Fiber Optics, Inc.

Focus Medical

Fortiva Financial

FotoFinder Systems, Inc.

Fotona Lasers

Hopewell Pharmacy

Incredible Marketing

INDUSTRA Technologies

Innovative Optics, Inc.

Jan Marini Skin Research, Inc.

Jeisys Medical, Inc.


Laser Europe 2012 – Sociedad Espanola de Laser Medico Quirurgico

Laser Institute of America

Laser Peripherals, LLC

Laser Scientific

LaserCap Company

Lasering s.r.l.

Light Age, Inc.

LifeLine Ventures

Lippincott Williams & Wilkins

Lumenis, Inc.

Lutronic, Inc.

MD-Ware Software

MedCo Data, LLC

MedEsthetics Magazine

Medicol USA, Inc.

MedNet Technologies, Inc.

Miramar Labs

MJD Patient Communications

National Society of Cosmetic Physicians

Magic Needle

Neocutis, Inc.


New You Magazine


NoIR Laser Company, LLC

Obagi medical Products

Oculo Plastk, Inc.

Palomar Medical Technologies, Inc.



Pinnacle Biologics


PracticeDoc powering

Ra Medical Systems, Inc.

Real Aesthetics

RJ-Laser Germany

Rockwell Laser Industries

RPMC Lasers, Inc.

Sandstone Medical Technologies

Sciton, Inc.


SkinMedica, Inc.

Solid State Cooling Systems

Solta Medical, Inc.

Sound Surgical Technologies, LLC



Syris Scientific

The Dermatologist

The Energist Group

ThermoTek, Inc.

TJS, Inc.

Ulthera, Inc.

Venus Concept

WON Technologies


Zeltiq Aesthetics, Inc.


Zimmer MedizinSystems

ZO® Skin Health, Inc.


In conclusion, I would like to thank the ASLMS staff who do most of the heavy lifting, and often stay cloistered behind the scenes.  The following individuals contributed the most to this and every meeting, and deserve our heartfelt thanks!


Dianne Dalsky, Executive Director

Barb Brown, Program and Services Coordinator

Paula Deffner, Accounting Assistant

Diane Dodds, Member and Customer Service Assistant

Jane Frohm, Industry Relations Specialist

Corri Marschall, Conference Specialist

Michelle Theiler, CME/Conference Coordinator



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