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´╗┐Committees

Volunteers are critical to the Society's ability to meet the diverse needs of its members. Each year the President and President-Elect appoint new members to a number of committees, which are marked:  Open to Volunteers. If you have thought about getting more involved, we may have opportunities that fit your interests. 

Committee members can now view their committees online by logging in and visiting My Committees. Please also make sure your disclosures are up-to-date.

2018-2019

Annual Conference Program Committee

This Annual Conference Program Committee supervises all aspects of program planning for each Annual Conference including selection of section chairpersons and establishing the program format for the conference.

CO-CHAIR   Dieter Manstein, MD, PhD (2019 Program Chair)
CO-CHAIR   Girish Munavalli, MD (2019 Program Chair)
CO-CHAIR   Henry Chan, MD, PhD, FRCP (2019 Program Chair)
MEMBER     Eric Bernstein, MD, MSE
MEMBER     Joshua Burns, MS
MEMBER     Richard Gregory, MD
MEMBER     H. Ray Jalian, MD
MEMBER     Suzanne L. Kilmer, MD
MEMBER     Raymond Lanzafame, MD, MBA, FACS
MEMBER     Hans-Joachim Laubach, MD (2020 Program Chair)
MEMBER     Jenny T. Mac
MEMBER     Serge Mordon, PhD
MEMBER     Bahman Sotoodian, MD
MEMBER     Rebecca Sprague, RN, NP-C
MEMBER     Aria Vazirnia, MD
MEMBER     Molly Wanner, MD (2020 Program Chair)
MEMBER     Jennifer Zuccaro, MSc


Audit Committee

The Audit Committee provides oversight to the Society for financial statement integrity, financial practices, management and audits, internal control systems and standards of conduct. Open to volunteers.

CHAIR          Murad Alam, MD, MSCI, MBA
MEMBER     Ashish Bhatia, MD, FAAD
MEMBER     Craig Drill, MBA
MEMBER     George Hruza, MD, MBA
MEMBER     Michael Kaminer, MD
MEMBER     Kristen Kelly, MD
MEMBER     Deanne Mraz Robinson, MD


Awards Committee

The Awards Committee recommends individuals for recognition by the Society, including the Caroline and William Mark Memorial, Ellet H. Drake Memorial, Leon Goldman Memorial, and Nursing/Allied Health Excellence Awards, as well as the Dr. Horace Furumoto Research Awards. Open to volunteers.

Chair            E. Duco Jansen, PhD
MEMBER     H. Ray Jalian, MD
MEMBER     Gary Lask, MD
MEMBER     Kachiu Lee, MD
MEMBER     J. Stuart Nelson, MD, PhD
MEMBER     Dennis Porto, MD
MEMBER     E. Victor Ross, MD


Constitution and Bylaws Committee

The Constitution and Bylaws Committee deals with all questions related to the Society's governing documents, including requests for amendments. Open to volunteers.

CHAIR          Murad Alam, MD, MSCI, MBA
MEMBER     Brian Biesman, MD
MEMBER     Joel Cohen, MD
MEMBER     Jerome Garden, MD
MEMBER     Kristen M. Kelly, MD
MEMBER     Raymond J. Lanzafame, MD, MBA, FACS
MEMBER     Robert Weiss, MD, FAAD


Digital Communications Committee

The purpose of the Digital Communications Committee is to assist ASLMS staff in reviewing and recommending activities that increase Society presence on website, social media and mobile platforms. The committee works to refine existing digital content strategies, develop new strategies to build and maintain online content and communities, and evaluate new platforms.

CHAIR          Nazanin Saedi, MD
MEMBER     Catherine DiGiorgio, MD
MEMBER     Arisa Ortiz, MD
MEMBER     Patti Owens, RN, MHA, CMLS, CNOR
MEMBER     Dennis Porto, MD
MEMBER     Farhaad Riyaz, MD
MEMBER     Jennifer Zuccaro, MSc


Early Career Committee

The charge of the committee is to attract and retain future leaders of the ASLMS by focusing on the educational and networking needs of early career professionals interested in the field of lasers and energy-based devices. Open to volunteers.

CHAIR          Bradley S. Bloom, MD
MEMBER     Joshua Burns, MS
MEMBER     Catherine DiGiorgio, MD
MEMBER     Stefani Kappel, MD
MEMBER     Farhaad Riyaz, MD
MEMBER     Anthony Rossi, MD
MEMBER     Sandeep Saluja, BS, MD


Early Career Mentorship Program Committee

The Mentorship Program Committee is responsible for the development and oversight of mentorship programs to ensure that participants have an enriching learning experience that contributes to their personal and professional growth and development.  The committee will develop mentorship programs to match early career members seeking learning opportunities, guidance and support from senior members willing to dedicate time and knowledge to enhance the skills of mentees.

CHAIR          Kristen Kelly, MD
MEMBER     Tina Alster, MD
MEMBER     Eric Bernstein, MD, MSE
MEMBER     Bernard Choi, PhD
MEMBER     Gary Lask, MD
MEMBER     Yakir Levin, MD, PhD
MEMBER     Adam Wulkan, MD


Education, Standards and Innovations Committee

The Education and Standards Innovations Committee is responsible for developing strategies and pathways to implement the Society's educational services, consistent with the Society's philosophies and policies. It serves as a resource and consulting body assisting with the development and implementation of the Society's educational programs.

CHAIR          Raymond Lanzafame, MD, MBA , FACS
MEMBER     Eric Bernstein, MD
MEMBER     Joshua Burns, MS
MEMBER     Henry Chan, MD, PhD, FRCP
MEMBER     Suzanne L. Kilmer, MD
MEMBER     Kachiu Lee, MD
MEMBER     Dieter Manstein, MD, PhD
MEMBER     Girish Munavalli, MD
MEMBER     J. Stuart Nelson, MD, PhD
MEMBER     Utpal Patel, MD
MEMBER     E. Victor Ross, MD
MEMBER     Bahman Sotoodian, MD
MEMBER     Rebecca Sprague, RN, NP-C
MEMBER     Aria Vazirnia, MD
MEMBER     Jennifer Zuccaro, MSc


Ethics and Conflicts of Interest Committee

The Ethics and Conflict of Interest Committee makes recommendations to the Board regarding any matters concerning ethics or conflict of interest referred to the Committee by the Board, administrative staff or members. Open to volunteers.

CHAIR          Lawrence S. Bass, MD
MEMBER     Brian Biesman, MD
MEMBER     Jeremy Green, MD
MEMBER     Kristen Kelly, MD
MEMBER     Vineet Mishra, MD
MEMBER     Kelly Stankiewicz, MD
MEMBER     Brian Zelickson, MD


Finance Committee

The Finance Committee is responsible for making recommendations regarding fiscal policy for the Society and will review yearly budgets prepared by the Treasurer who is a member of the committee. Open to volunteers.

CHAIR           Karen L. Beasley, MD
MEMBER      Henry H. L. Chan, MD, PhD, FRCP
MEMBER      Craig Drill
MEMBER      Vineet Mishra, MD
MEMBER      Chris Robb, MD, PhD
MEMBER      E. Victor Ross, MD
MEMBER      Neil Sadick, MD


Fundraising Committee

The primary responsibility of the Fundraising Committee is to solicit sponsorship funds to support ASLMS programs and raise funds to support and sustain the ASLMS research program. Open to volunteers.

CHAIR          Jill Waibel, MD
MEMBER     Michael Gold, MD
MEMBER     David Goldberg, MD, JD
MEMBER     Bruce Katz, MD
MEMBER     Neil Sadick, MD
MEMBER     Elizabeth Tanzi, MD
MEMBER     Robert Weiss, MD, FAAD


Human Resources Committee

This committee shall evaluate and make recommendations to the Board regarding human resources issues, staffing and other related needs of the Society. Members will include the President, Secretary and Treasurer. If a Treasurer-Elect is serving, he or she will serve as a non-voting member of the Committee.

CHAIR          Eric Bernstein, MD, MSE
MEMBER     Suzanne L. Kilmer, MD 
MEMBER     E. Victor Ross, MD


International Affairs Committee

The International Affairs Committee considers any business of the Society related to its affiliation and cooperation with other societies on an international basis. Open to volunteers.

CHAIR          Agustina Vila Echague, MD, PhD
MEMBER     Mathew Avram, MD, JD
MEMBER     Henry Chan, MD, PhD, FRCP
MEMBER     Christine, Dierickx, MD
MEMBER     Merete Haedersdal, MD
MEMBER     Woraphong Manuskiatti, MD
MEMBER     Zeina Tannous, MD


Investment Committee

The Investment Committee assures that the investments of the Society meet the Society's investment goals. The Committee shall consist of the Secretary, Treasurer, Executive Director, current chair of the Finance Committee and a member appointed by the President-Elect to serve a three (3) year term.

CHAIR          E. Victor Ross, MD
MEMBER     Ashish Bhatia, MD
MEMBER     Karen L. Beasley, MD
MEMBER     George Hruza, MD, MBA
MEMBER     Suzanne L. Kilmer, MD
MEMBER     Thomas Rohrer, MD


Marketing and Public Relations Committee

The Marketing and Public Relations Committee oversees public relations and marketing activities that support the vision, mission, and policies of the Society. Activities include facilitating membership recruitment and retention, enhanced membership services, communications and promoting the Annual Conference and other activities sponsored by the Society. Open to volunteers.

CHAIR          Mathew Avram, MD, JD
MEMBER     Eric Bernstein, MD, MSE
MEMBER     Doug Canfield
MEMBER     Henry Chan, MD, PhD, FRCP
MEMBER     Jasson Gilmore
MEMBER     Suzanne L. Kilmer, MD
MEMBER     Dieter Manstein, MD, PhD
MEMBER     Girish Munavalli, MD
MEMBER     E. Victor Ross, MD


Membership Committee

The Membership Task Force assists ASLMS staff in reviewing and recommending activities that promote and retain members. The task force will develop new member communication strategies to keep members engaged. The task force will also evaluate member recruitment and retention programs, utilizing a variety of measures including membership satisfaction and membership trends. Open to volunteers.

CHAIR          Thomas Rohrer, MD
MEMBER      Bahman Anvari, PhD
MEMBER      Marc Avram, MD
MEMBER      Bernard Choi, PhD
MEMBER      Tianhong Dai, PhD
MEMBER      Emily de Golian, MD
MEMBER      Paul Friedman, MD
MEMBER      Brian Hibler, MD
MEMBER      Omar Ibrahimi, MD
MEMBER      Hui Liu, PhD
MEMBER      Andrea Morrison, RN
MEMBER      Wesley Moy, PhD
MEMBER      Oge Onwudiwe, MD
MEMBER      Arisa Ortiz, MD
MEMBER      Sandeep Saluja, BS, MD
MEMBER      Rebecca Sprague, RN
MEMBER      Jordan Wang, MD, MBE, MBA
MEMBER      Lisa Xu, MD


Nominating Committee

The Nominating Committee will identify individuals who are capable, talented, interested, and willing to serve as directors and Society or division offices. The Nominating Committee shall consist of seven (7) voting members of the Society, one of which shall be the immediate Past President who shall serve as chairperson, three (3) shall be appointed by the Board of Directors at its annual meeting and the remainder shall be elected by the membership.

CHAIR          Mathew Avram, MD, JD
MEMBER     Roy Geronemus, MD
MEMBER     Jasson Gilmore
MEMBER     Robert Grove, PhD
MEMBER     Carolyn Jacob, MD
MEMBER     Nazanin Saedi, MD
MEMBER     Brian Zelickson, MD

Now accepting nominations for a number of positions on the board of directors and the nominating committee until August 15, 2018. Submit a Nomination Now

Public Policy Committee

The Public Policy Committee supports the Public Policy Director with advocacy initiatives relating to the advancement of laser technology for use in medicine and surgery. The Public Policy Director serves as chair of the committee. Committee members shall assist the Public Policy Director in identifying and prioritizing relevant state and federal legislative and regulatory proposals that relate to this purpose and impact members of the ASLMS. The Public Policy Committee works with the Board of Directors to develop organizational policies and advocacy initiatives, and is responsible for communicating with government officials and legislative and regulatory bodies. The Public Policy Committee is responsible for coordinating and partnering efforts with other like-minded healthcare organizations.

The Public Policy Committee will communicate with the Executive Director and the Board of Directors on a regular basis on regulatory and legislative developments that would have an impact on the use of lasers in medicine and surgery. The Public Policy Director in coordination with the Public Policy Committee, will develop for Executive Director and Board consideration proposed initiatives to provide information, analysis and expert advice to government officials and regulatory and legislative bodies considering official action on those developments. These initiatives may include joining with other organizations to communicate relevant information to government. The Public Policy Director will serve as a communications link between the Board and government relating to proposed official action on the use of lasers in medicine and surgery.

There may be occasions where expedited review, comment, and/or outreach concerning a particular issue is required.  In such situations, the Public Policy Director is authorized to take action as necessary if consistent with the Society’s policy statements.

The activities of the Public Policy Committee shall be limited to activities that ASLMS is permitted to engage in under Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code and the tax-exempt status ASLMS has elected under the Code. The Public Policy Director shall report on public policy activities as requested by the Executive Director to meet the Society’s tax-exempt status reporting requirements. 

The Public Policy Committee shall consist of seven (7) voting members of the Society, one of which shall be the Public Policy Director who shall serve as chairperson.

CHAIR          George Hruza, MD
MEMBER     Murad Alam, MD, MSCI, MBA
MEMBER     Brian Biesman, MD
MEMBER     Omar Ibrahimi, MD
MEMBER     H. Ray Jalian, MD
MEMBER     Kelly Stankiewicz, MD
MEMBER     Robert Weiss, MD, FAAD


Research and Development Committee

The Research and Development Committee leads the development and implementation of the Society's student and non-student research initiatives. Open to volunteers.

CHAIR         Robert Weiss, MD, FAAD
MEMBER     Omar Ibrahimi, MD, PhD
MEMBER     Bruce Katz, MD
MEMBER     J. Stuart Nelson, MD, PhD
MEMBER     Sherry Thomas, MD
MEMBER     Thanh-Nga T. Tran, MD, PhD
MEMBER     Bing Yu, PhD


Silent Auction Committee

The primary responsibility of the Silent Auction Committee is to solicit sponsorship funds to support the annual ASLMS Silent Auction and raise funds to support and sustain the ASLMS research program. Open to volunteers.

CHAIR          Jason Pozner, MD
MEMBER     Eric Bernstein, MD, MSE
MEMBER     Gary Chuang, MD
MEMBER     Michael Gold, MD
MEMBER     Bruce E. Katz, MD
MEMBER     Thomas Rohrer, MD


Women in Energy-Based Devices Committee

Highlight the excellence of women involved in the ASLMS and implement strategies to advance networking and training opportunities. Promote the professional development of women using energy-based technologies at all career and training levels through teaching, mentoring and organization leadership. Open to volunteers.

CHAIR          Arisa Ortiz, MD
MEMBER     Jennifer Barton, PhD
MEMBER     Anne Chapas, MD
MEMBER     Laura McDermott, RN
MEMBER     Ginger Pocock, PhD
MEMBER     Anne Marie Tremaine, MD
MEMBER     Jill Waibel, MD

The American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery is the world’s largest scientific organization dedicated to promoting research, education and high standards of clinical care in the field of medical laser applications. It provides a forum for the exchange of scientific information and participation in communicating the latest developments in laser medicine and surgery to clinicians, research investigators, government and regulatory agencies, and the public.

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