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Benefits of Membership


With an ASLMS membership, you have the tools to improve patient care, advance your career, help develop the next generation of leaders, and make valuable connections.                                 


  • Multidisciplinary Body of Knowledge
    The ASLMS membership includes physicians and surgeons representing more than 50 medical specialties, nurses and allied health care professionals, scientists involved with product development, biomedical engineers, biologists, industry leaders and equipment manufacturers.

By continuously exchanging information across scientific, technological and medical disciplines, ASLMS members are often the first in their fields to hear about and try new laser and other energy-based procedures and treatments. This body of research is invaluable to enhancing patient care through innovative new techniques and technology.

  • Laser and Energy Based Research Grants
    ASLMS annually awards research projects designed to foster the development and use of lasers and other energy based technologies in medical and surgical applications. Since 2007, ASLMS has awarded over $1.6 million in research grants. Travel grants are awarded annually to students to support and present research at the Annual Conference. Learn more.
  • Present Your Research

Members can submit a manuscript to the Society’s journal, Lasers in Surgery and Medicine or serve as an author or co-author of a paper presented at the Annual Conference.

  • Standards and Guidelines / Safety / Advocacy
    The Society has taken the lead in establishing practice guidelines and safety standards for physician and non-physician use of lasers and related light-based technologies. ASLMS also has a leading role in government relations by providing in-service education and testifying before regulatory authorities, including the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
  • Public Outreach

ASLMS disseminates public information about laser and energy-based devices that enhances patient care. A board certified physician locator on the website allows consumers to locate the appropriate physician for their treatment. The New Beginnings Radiation Mark Tattoo Removal Program provides a locator of board certified ASLMS members who offer free radiation mark tattoo removal for cancer patients.

“Personally and professionally, my ASLMS membership has provided an opportunity to connect with other scientists, clinicians, allied health professionals and industry members. The diversity of the membership has led to important professional networks and collaborative efforts for grant funding and research. Building teams of basic scientists, engineers, clinicians, and industrial partners is essential for success in today’s competitive research environment.”


Juanita J. Anders, Ph.D., member since 1990


  • Subscription to Lasers in Surgery and Medicine (LSM)
    Membership includes a subscription to Lasers in Surgery and Medicine, the Society’s official journal. LSM publishes clinical as well as basic science reports in a wide range of specialties and is ranked 49th out of 198 journals in the "surgery" category. View sample articles.


  • Annual Conference

The Annual Scientific Conference of the Society is the largest conference on laser and related technologies for medicine held in the United States. The Annual Conference is where the latest discoveries in lasers and energy based medicine applications and research papers are presented. Learn from the best of the best about the latest laser and energy-based medicine and surgery technologies, techniques, protocols and applications. Members receive discounted registration fees. Learn more.


  • Online Access to Abstracts and e-Posters

More than 150 ePosters from the Annual Conference are available for viewing by members. Abstracts from the Conference are published in a supplement issue of the LSM journal.

  • Courses

Each year, ASLMS conducts a Laser Aesthetics Course designed for anyone who would like to have a deeper understanding of how lasers work and their use in clinical aesthetic applications. Members receive discounted registration fees. Learn more.

  • Podcasts
    The Light Talk podcast series provides innovative ideas from key thought leaders through a mobile educational platform. Short clips feature members discussing new research studies and applications for light-based technology, as well as practical topics such as purchasing a laser, attracting new patients and legal issues.
    Learn more.


  • Communications

Members stay up-to-date on Society news by reading the Light Reader quarterly ASLMS newsletter and two weekly enewsletters, and by visiting the ASLMS social media channels and the mobile app. Sample newsletter.

  • Credentials

Promote your membership in the ASLMS by displaying the prestigious ASLMS name in your credentials and using the logo in your print and electronic communications. Learn more.

  • Physician Locator

Board certified physician members of ASLMS can be located by the general public through our Physician Locator Service.


  • Awards

At each Annual Conference, a number of prestigious awards are presented to individuals whose achievements have made a significant contribution to the field of lasers and energy-based devices for medicine. The award recipients are chosen from a pool of nominations. Learn more.


“The Society has given me the valuable opportunity to network with and learn from over 700 nurses, physician assistants and other allied health professionals whose passions encompass clinical practice, research and education. Through this network, I found the support I needed to achieve outstanding patient care, learn about the newest cutting edge developments and become an active contributor to the Society.”

Mary Lisa Stoll, R.N., B.S., member since 2003


ASLMS offers students and early career professionals:


  • Free Membership

Students, residents, undergraduate and graduate students, fellows-in–training, and post-doctoral fellows can take advantage of a free automatic membership for the duration of their training, waived conference registration fees, and 50% off of pre-conference courses.


  • Resident/Fellow/Early Career Scientist Abstract Program

The Resident/Fellow Abstract Session at the Annual Conference provides residents and fellows the opportunity to submit their research, both clinical and basic, to the abstract forum. A limited number of travel grants up to $1,000 are available each year to defray the travel and lodging costs for residents and fellows who submit abstracts.

  • Student Research Grants
    ASLMS annually awards research projects designed to foster the development and use of lasers and other energy-based technologies in medical and surgical applications. As many as four student grants of $5,000 each may be awarded each year.
  • Preceptorship Program

The ASLMS Preceptorship Program provides a unique opportunity for ASLMS members who are early in their career to learn new techniques and perspectives in lasers and other energy based technologies, observe a successful practice in action and develop valuable career networks. Learn more about becoming a Preceptee. Interested in volunteering as a Preceptor? Learn more.

  • Student Board Representative Opportunities
    The ASLMS board welcomes the unique perspective residents and fellows can bring to the organization. Four Student Board Representative positions on the Board of Directors of ASLMS offer a practical non-profit, non-voting board leadership experience and opportunities to receive mentoring from established leaders. In addition, the individuals will inform the board and provide a student’s perspective on issues impacting their education. Learn more.

“I have discovered countless benefits to membership that have solidified my commitment to the Society. Being a Resident/Fellow Board Representative has provided me incredible opportunities for interacting with more experienced colleagues and developing necessary skills to serve in leadership roles throughout my career.”


Bradley S. Bloom, M.D., member since 2013



  • Volunteer Opportunities

Get involved in the ASLMS. Develop your leadership skills by serving on an ASLMS committee. ASLMS has a number of committees covering a wide range of skills and interests, including Awards, Education Standards and Innovation, Fundraising, Marketing/Public Relations, Research and Development, and Early Career Professionals.

  • Worldwide Professional Network

Free 24-hour access to our exclusive online directory of over 4,200 members means you can network with your fellow ASLMS members at your convenience.


  • Social Media

Keep up to date with news from the Society as well as connect with colleagues through the ASLMS social media channels:  Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube.


“The relationships made through the Society, both professional and personal friendships, have more value than can be conveyed. For me, this has been an amazing experience working amongst the top people in our space, learning from their expertise, while contributing to the future of our Society.”

Richard Bankowski, Executive Director of Field Clinical at Cynosure, Inc., member since 2010

For more information on membership dues, visit the membership Information page.
For more information on the membership application, visit the application instructions page.

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