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American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery Announces New Officers

Paul M. Friedman, MD is the new President of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery (ASLMS).

By Andrea Alstad | May 24, 2022

Wausau, WI  Paul M. Friedman, MD was introduced as President of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery (ASLMS) during the ASLMS Business Meeting on April 29, 2022.  ASLMS is the world's largest professional organization dedicated to promoting research, education, and high standards of clinical care in the field of medical laser and energy-based applications.

friedman-paul-mDr. Friedman, board-certified by the American Board of Dermatology, is the director of Dermatology & Laser Surgery Center of Houston, Texas. He is a clinical assistant professor at the University of Texas Medical School, department of dermatology, and a clinical assistant professor of dermatology at the Weill Cornell Medical College, Houston Methodist Hospital. He is also on staff at Texas Children's Hospital and Memorial-Hermann Hospital-Texas Medical Center.

Dr. Friedman has been recognized as a leading physician and researcher in the field and has also been involved in the development of several new laser systems and therapeutic techniques now commonly used throughout the world. He is passionate about supporting philanthropic causes through his work.

“I am honored to serve as the president of this incredible society. In the coming year, I will be looking to the membership to bring their talents forward to help change lives with lasers,” said Friedman. “There are plenty of needs and opportunities. My goal is to bridge the gap and help those patients who desperately need our expertise.“

Dr. Friedman succeeds Henry H.L. Chan, MD, PhD, FRCP, who now serves as the Society’s Past President. The 2022-23 ASLMS Executive Committee also includes President-Elect Murad Alam, MD, MSCI, MBA; Vice President Arisa E. Ortiz, MD; Secretary Kristen M. Kelly, MD; Treasurer Omar A. Ibrahimi, MD, PhD; and Historian J. Stuart Nelson, MD, PhD.

Other new members of the Board include representatives for:

  • Basic Science, Lilit Garibyan, MD, PhD and Thomas E. Milner, PhD
  • Industrial/R&D, Brad Hauser
  • Laser Medicine, Christopher B. Zachary, MBBS, FRCP
  • Laser Safety, H. Ray Jalian, MD
  • Laser Surgery, Anne M. Chapas, MD

Also starting their term are two new Student Board Representatives,  Early Career Scientist Nitesh Katta, PhD, MSc, BTech and Resident/Fellow Anna-Marie Hosking, MS, MD. View the complete list of ASLMS Board of Directors. 

The American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery, Inc. (ASLMS) is the largest multi-disciplinary professional organization dedicated to the development and application of lasers and related technology for health care applications. ASLMS promotes excellence in patient care by advancing biomedical application of lasers and other related technologies worldwide. ASLMS members include physicians, surgeons, nurses, and allied health professionals representing multiple specialties, physicists involved in product development, biomedical engineers, biologists, industry representatives and manufacturers. For more information on the Society’s mission, vision, and leaders, visit ASLMS | About ASLMS


The American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery is the world’s largest scientific organization dedicated to promoting research, education and high standards of clinical care in the field of medical laser applications. It provides a forum for the exchange of scientific information and participation in communicating the latest developments in laser medicine and surgery to clinicians, research investigators, government and regulatory agencies, and the public.

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