The Annual Scientific 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 Fundamentals of Lasers to intermediate and advanced courses, provide further educational opportunities.
2017 Conference Co-chairs
Bernard Choi, PhD
Bernard Choi, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Surgery at University of California, Irvine. He is a core faculty member of the Beckman Laser Institute and Medical Clinic, affiliated faculty member of the Edwards Lifesciences Center for Advanced Cardiovascular Technology, and visiting scientist at CHOC Children's Hospital. He received his BS in Biomedical Engineering from Northwestern University and his MSE and PhD in Biomedical Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin. After completing an Arnold and Mabel Beckman Fellowship at University of California, Irvine, he joined the faculty there as an Assistant Professor. He currently serves as the Associate Chair of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, and he has won several teaching awards at University of California, Irvine. He has held several leadership roles in international optics societies, including the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery (ASLMS), Optical Society of America (OSA), and SPIE, and he is a Fellow of SPIE. He has published more than 100 peer-reviewed papers and two book chapters. He currently is Principal Investigator of the Microvascular Therapeutics and Imaging (MTI) laboratory in Beckman Laser Institute, and is funded by research awards from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research and National Institutes of Health.
Arisa Ortiz, MD
Dr. Ortiz is the Director of Laser and Cosmetic Dermatology and an Assistant Professor of Dermatology at UC San Diego. She received her training in Mohs Micrographic Surgery at UCSD and completed the prestigious Cosmetic and Laser Fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and Wellman Center for Photomedicine. Dr. Ortiz completed her dermatology residency training at UC Irvine and earned her medical degree from Albany Medical College. She is a frequent speaker on laser surgery both nationally and internationally. She has published over 40 original medical articles and book chapters on new innovations in cutaneous laser surgery. Dr. Ortiz has also served as guest editor for the Journal of Lasers in Surgery and Medicine. She has received numerous awards for her work including the ASLMS research grant, ASLMS Best Cutaneous Laser Surgery Research Award, and the 2014 and 2015 Doctor's Choice Award in Dermatology for La Jolla, CA.
Nazanin Saedi, MD
Dr. Nazanin Saedi is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Biology at Thomas Jefferson University, and she serves as Director of Laser Surgery and Cosmetic Dermatology. She graduated cum laude with a bachelor's degree from Princeton University. She completed her medical education at The George Washington University School of Medicine, where she graduated with distinction and with Alpha Omega Alpha honors. Dr. Saedi completed her dermatology residency at the University of California, Irvine, and she completed her fellowship training at SkinCare Physicians in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. Dr. Saedi has authored over 45 publications and book chapters, and she lectures nationally on laser surgery and cosmetic dermatology.