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.
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.
Celebration of ASLMS Women in Energy-Based Devices
At this year’s meeting, we had the third annual Celebration of Women in Energy Based Devices. This is a wonderful event to celebrate all of the women clinicians, scientists, allied health providers, and industry members. This year Rox Anderson, MD was the featured speaker. Dr Anderson is always inspirational and has truly shaped the field of laser surgery.
The event also featured Dr. Anderson; Fernanda Sakamoto MD, PhD; Jill Waibel, MD; and Kim Phuc in a question and answer panel. It was an honor to have Kim Phuc to share her experiences and see how far she has come from that photo we all remember in the National Geographic. Her strength and persistence are an inspiration to all of us.
We also celebrated the recipient of the ASLMS Leadership, Mentorship & Public Advocacy for Women in Medical Science Award, Dr. Jill Waibel.
We look forward to the fourth Celebration of Women in Energy Based Devices in Dallas.