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Ashaki Patel, MD Bio


My name is Ashaki Patel and I am a third-year dermatology resident at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. I grew up in the suburbs of Chicago before moving to Saint Louis for both my undergraduate studies and medical school at Saint Louis University. It was during my dermatology rotation in medical school that I was first introduced to the idea of using energy-based devices to treat skin disorders. Witnessing how microwave thermolysis had such a positive impact on patients’ quality of life left a lasting impression on me! I knew that if I ever became a dermatology resident, I would learn how to incorporate energy- based devices into my practice. 

Fast forward to dermatology residency where I was introduced to other energy-based devices including the pulsed dye laser. With the help of my mentor, Dr. Valerie Carlberg, I was able to establish a continuity clinic focused on learning how to treat vascular birthmarks in children using the PDL.  As I learned more about lasers and energy based devices, I was impressed by their versatility in the treatment of a wide array of cosmetic and medical dermatologic conditions. However, during residency I also came to the realization that training and exposure to lasers and energy-based devices is greatly varied across dermatology residency programs. My mentor Dr. Paul Friedman and I chose to study this at a dermatology residency-level by sending out a nationwide survey to dermatology residents. Our survey sought to look at what laser education is like across the country, and how we can improve it.  We presented these results at the ASLMS annual meeting in May 2021. 

My goal as student board representative is to use the results from our survey to help make laser education more standardized across residency programs and help make laser education more accessible through ASLMS. I’m extremely grateful to all of my mentors, without whom I would not be in this position, and I look forward to serving on the board of ASLMS.

Outside of lasers and energy-based devices, I also enjoy reading mystery novels, traveling with my family and better-half, re-creating dishes from our travel adventures, and drone videography! 



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