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ASLMS Women in Energy-Based Devices

Bringing together the extraordinary mix of women that are a part of ASLMS

ASLMS recognizes and honors women in energy-based devices. Our focus is women from all specialties involved in ASLMS which includes scientists, clinicians and allied health practitioners.

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Celebration of ASLMS Women in Energy-Based Devices

Thursday, April 12 | 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM | Park View - Verandah
Event and award sponsored by Solta Medical

An evening of networking and inspiration, with a focus on women from all specialties involved in ASLMS, which includes scientists, clinicians, allied health practitioners and women in the energy-based device industry.

For 2018, the Celebration highlighted featured speaker Merete Haedersdal, MD, PhD, DMSc. Following her talk “The World is your Oyster,” the evening proceeded with an expert panel offering industry, scientific and clinical perspectives.

The ASLMS Leadership, Mentorship & Public Advocacy for Women in Medical Science Award was also presented. This award honored Tina S. Alster, MD, as an individual who has significantly promoted the professional development of women in specialties using lasers and/or energy-based devices through teaching, mentoring, organizational leadership, or public advocacy. Learn more about the award.

Attendees enjoyed complimentary light hors d'oeuvres, beverages, and networking with peers and luminaries.

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haedersdal-merete-webd-quote"Mentorship is the key to how we can support our younger colleagues. It is about academic guidance. You have to teach colleagues how to do high quality research, how to write a scientific paper, how to deliver lectures, and so on. But it is also about mental guidance, determining what drives them, what motivates them. The best mentors not only act as relatable role models, but also take steps to identify what drives the individual, where their strengths lie and how far each would like to go."

Merete Haedersdal, MD, PhD, DMSc
ASLMS 2018 Celebration of ASLMS Women in
Energy-Based Devices Featured Speaker

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Featured Videos´╗┐

Dr. Kristen Kelly, chair of the ASLMS Women in Energy-Based Devices (WEBD) committee, interviews Dr. Merete Hædersdal, featured speaker at the WEBD Celebration event on Thursday April 12. 

Women in STEM

Supporting Early Career Members

Tough Love in the Research Setting

Current Research

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About ASLMS Women in Energy-Based Devices

Juanita J. Anders, PhD founded the ASLMS Women in Energy-Based Devices group in 2015. Dr. Anders is affiliated with the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences as a Professor of Anatomy, Physiology and Genetics and Professor of Neuroscience. She served as ASLMS President from 2014-2015.

The goals of this group are to:

  • Highlight the excellence of women involved in ASLMS
  • Address the challenges women may confront in academic and other professional settings
  • Advance networking and training opportunities for ASLMS women
  • Educate ASLMS members about gender-bias
  • Encourage young women to choose STEM careers especially those involving energy-based technologies

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Juanita J. Anders, PhD

 

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Featured Articles


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Kristen M. Kelly, MD
Women in Energy-Based Devices Committee Chair

Dr. Kristen Kelly reflects on ASLMS and the mentorship she received

I attended my first ASLMS meeting in San Diego in 1998. I presented a multi-center study in the Cutaneous session. At the time, the audience seemed quite large. Ken Arndt and Jeff Dover were running the session and helped me feel welcome on the podium. My mentor for the project was J. Stuart Nelson and working on this project allowed me to work with other prominent laser surgeons including Gary Lask and Roy Geronemus. I loved the meeting and the science that was presented. I made sure to ask questions and to attend the events so I could interact with some of the leadership. Each year after 1998, I became a little more involved in the Society until last year when I had the honor of serving as the Society president. The ASLMS has given me many opportunities and has provided me mentors and colleagues that I consult throughout the year. My career would not be the same without the ASLMS.


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ASLMS Leadership, Mentorship & Public Advocacy for Women in Medical Science Award

Tina S. Alster, MD was the recipient of the 2018 ASLMS Leadership, Mentorship & Public Advocacy for Women in Medical Science Award. The award was presented to Dr. Alster during the Celebration of ASLMS Women in Energy-Based Devices event at the 2018 Annual Conference on April 12. The award honors an individual who has significantly promoted the professional development of women in specialties using lasers and/or energy-based devices, through teaching, mentoring, organizational leadership, or public advocacy.

2018 Award Recipient
Tina S. Alster, MD

Tina S. Alster, MD is the founding director of the Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery and is a clinical professor of dermatology at Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington, DC as well as consulting associate of dermatology at Duke University.

Dr. Alster is a world-recognized leader in dermatologic laser surgery and is credited with having written the first textbook on cosmetic laser surgery. She has since published hundreds of articles and 7 additional textbooks on the subject. Her commitment to teaching and mentoring others is evident in the hundreds of physicians she has trained in her career as well as her establishment of scholarship endowments for women pursuing careers in medicine at Duke University and, most recently, a cosmetic dermatology resident education fund at Yale University.

Dr. Alster has received numerous accolades by her peers including the prestigious ASLMS Leon Goldman Lectureship Award (2001), American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) Presidential Citation Award (2017), Women’s Dermatologic Society (WDS) Mentorship (2009) and Legacy (2014) Awards as well as the ASLMS Leadership, Mentorship & Public Advocacy for Women in Medical Science Award (2018).

2019 Award nominations

2019 will be the fifth year the Celebration of ASLMS Women in Energy-Based Devices event will be held at the ASLMS Annual Conference. The Women in Energy-Based Devices Committee, this year chaired by Arisa Ortiz, MD, is in the process of planning the event. It will be the fourth year that the Leadership, Mentorship & Public Advocacy for Women in Medical Science Award will be presented. Nominations are being accepted now for this honorary award.

Submit a Nomination Today
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ASLMS Women in Energy-Based Devices Committee

Early Career Development Award

New for 2019

This award is given in recognition of a high-quality abstract study, submitted by the initial abstract deadline, by an Early Career author and accepted to an abstract session for the current ASLMS Annual Conference (late breaking will not be considered). Either a characteristic of the clinical/research team or an experience during the study must exemplify at least 2 or more goals of the ASLMS Women in Energy-Based Devices Committee:

  • Highlight the excellence of women involved in ASLMS
  • Address the challenges women may confront in academic and other professional settings
  • Advance networking and training opportunities for ASLMS women
  • Educate ASLMS members about gender-bias
  • Encourage young women to choose STEM careers especially those involving energy-based technologies

The selected awardee will receive an award plaque and $500. The award will be given during the Celebration of ASLMS Women in Energy-Based Devices Event.

Additional details will be available when the Call for Abstracts opens in July. 


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