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The Annual Conference of the Society is the largest conference on laser and energy-based technologies for medicine held in the United States. The ASLMS Annual Conference provides a forum at which a multidisciplinary array of scientists, clinicians, residents, students, health care professionals, and industry representatives can learn, share, investigate, and create ideas; the outcomes of which are clinical applications that can and have changed the world of patient care.

  • Hundreds of scientific abstracts are presented annually, and symposia in each specialty, as well as common areas of interest, are included in the sessions to acquaint attendees with the latest developments and state-of-the-art clinical use of lasers and other energy-based devices.
  • Throughout the conference, guest speakers, including industry luminaries and award recipients, provide additional perspectives.
  • Specialty sessions, which deal in detail with specific areas of laser and other energy-based applications, comprise the other major part of the program. Attendees are free to attend the specialty breakout sessions and individual lectures of their choice, to develop individualized programs suiting their particular needs and interests. Prior to the conference, a variety of courses, from novice to intermediate to expert, provide further educational opportunities.

Meet the 2019-2020 President and ASLMS 2020 Co-Chairs



Dieter Manstein, MD, PhD graduated from the University of Münster, Germany. He completed a research fellowship at the Wellman Center of Photomedicine and a special clinical dermatology-training track at Massachusetts General Hospital. He is currently Assistant Professor of Dermatology at Harvard Medical School and heads his research laboratory at the Cutaneous Biology Research Center at Massachusetts General Hospital. His research is focused on innovative use of energy-based devices, mainly within the area of dermatology. Many of the major current device treatments in dermatology are the direct result of his inventions and research. Notable examples are fractional photothermolysis and non-invasive fat removal by cold (selective cryolipolysis). He also contributed significantly to advances in the area of hair removal and laser-tissue interaction. Dr. Manstein received multiple honors and awards, including the Horace Furumoto Innovator Award and the Ellet H. Drake Award from the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery.



From 2004 until 2008 Dr. Hans-Joachim Laubach received his training as a clinical research fellow at the Wellman Center of Photomedicine, Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA, USA. Upon his return to Europe, he helped build up the laser dermatology unit at the University of Münster, Germany. In 2010 Dr. Laubach moved to Paris where he worked in together with Dr. Fusade, co-founder and past president of the Laser Group of the French Dermatological Society (SFD). During this time in Paris, he was also co-director of one of the world's largest laser hair removal centers. Dr. Laubach is currently in charge of the laser consultation in Switzerland's largest hospital - the university hospital of Geneva. He is the author of numerous scientific articles and book chapters. He has contributed to the development of various technological systems. Those systems like fractional photothermolysis, cryolipolysis, and focused ultrasound are now used on a daily basis in the dermatological office setting. He also has been a Principal investigator and Co-Investigator in multiple clinical research trials. In addition, Dr. Laubach has been an ongoing reviewer of scientific articles for various medical journals. For many years, he has lived his passion in training residents and physicians in laser and cosmetic dermatology. He also is a frequently invited lecturer on these topics at national and international medical meetings. Since October 2015 he has been the president of the European Society for Lasers in Dermatology. He is also an active member of the Board of the Aesthetic and Corrective Dermatology Groupe (GDEC) and on the scientific committee of the French Laser Group (GL), both subgroups of the French Society for Dermatology (Société Française de Dermatologie, SFD).



Molly Wanner, MD/MBA is a dermatologist at the Massachusetts General Hospital Laser and Cosmetic Center and an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School. She is currently doing basic science research to create tools that enhance safety in the cosmetic center. She has published extensively about laser, light and energy devices, and she is currently editing a comprehensive textbook of laser and cosmetic dermatology.