The Annual Conference of the Society is the largest conference on laser and energy-based technologies for medicine held in the United States. The ASLMS Annual Conference provides a forum at which a multidisciplinary array of scientists, clinicians, residents, students, health care professionals, and industry representatives can learn, share, investigate, and create ideas; the outcomes of which are clinical applications that can and have changed the world of patient care.
- Hundreds of scientific abstracts are presented annually, and symposia in each specialty, as well as common areas of interest, are included in the sessions to acquaint attendees with the latest developments and state-of-the-art clinical use of lasers and other energy-based devices.
- Throughout the conference, guest speakers, including industry luminaries and award recipients, provide additional perspectives.
- Specialty sessions, which deal in detail with specific areas of laser and other energy-based applications, comprise the other major part of the program. Attendees are free to attend the specialty breakout sessions and individual lectures of their choice, to develop individualized programs suiting their particular needs and interests. Prior to the conference, a variety of courses, from Fundamentals of Lasers to intermediate and advanced courses, provide further educational opportunities.
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President and 2018 Conference Co-chairs
Mathew M. Avram, MD, JD
Mathew M. Avram, MD, JD is the Director of the Massachusetts General Hospital Dermatology Laser & Cosmetic Center, Faculty Director for Laser and Cosmetic Training in the Department of Dermatology, Harvard Medical School, and Associate Professor of Dermatology at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Avram is President of the American Society for Laser Medicine & Surgery (ASLMS) for 2017-2018. He has been elected Treasurer of the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS) where he also serves on the Executive Committee.
Dr. Avram was the recipient of the ASLMS 2015 Annual Leon Goldman Award for excellence in research, patient care and education and the 2016 recipient of the ASLMS Annual Ellet Drake Award for innovation in laser surgery. Dr. Avram served as the Program Co-Chair of the 2010 ASLMS annual meeting in Phoenix, Arizona. Dr. Avram has also served as Co-Chair for an annual laser teaching session for the FDA in Silver Spring, Maryland since 2009. He served as Co-Chair of the Cutaneous Laser Surgery Section of the ASLMS meeting in 2009, 2011, 2015, 2016, and 2017.
Dr. Avram has co-authored and/or edited six textbooks. He is co-author of the First and Second Editions of A Color Atlas of Cosmetic Dermatology published by McGraw-Hill (which has been translated into 5 languages) as well as its “iPhone app.” He is co-editor of Lasers and Lights, a textbook published by Elsevier and Laser & Light Source Treatments for the Skin by Jaypee. More recently, he has edited Fat Removal published by Wiley and was co-editor of Procedural Dermatology published by McGraw-Hill. He has published 58 peer-reviewed papers in each of the New England Journal of Medicine, the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, JAMA Dermatology, Lasers in Surgery & Medicine and Dermatologic Surgery as well as other journals as well as multiple chapters in leading dermatology textbooks. He has served Special Guest Editor of Lasers in Surgery & Medicine in 2009, 2014 and 2015.
Dr. Avram is co-director of the MGH/Wellman Laser & Cosmetic Fellowship, where he has trained 20 fellows to date. He is an affiliate faculty member of the Wellman Center for Photomedicine. He is an associate editor of both Dermatologic Surgery and the Journal of Cosmetic and Laser Therapy. He serves on the Editorial Boards of Lasers in Surgery & Medicine, Dermatologic Surgery and Lasers in Medical Science. He also serves on the Surgical Advisory Board of JAMA Dermatology. Dr. Avram is a frequent guest on the Dr. Oz show, ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX and has appeared multiple times in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and numerous other media. Dr. Avram has chaired 23 national meetings and has delivered over 400 invited lectures at national and international meetings.
Dr. Avram attended college at Princeton University and completed his dermatology residency training at Harvard, where he served as chief resident. Subsequently, he completed his Mohs micrographic surgery, laser & cosmetics fellowship at UCLA.
H. Ray Jalian, MD
H. Ray Jalian, MD is a Board-Certified Dermatologist with the American Board of Dermatology specializing in laser surgery, general, and cosmetic dermatology. He is well known nationally having been an invited speaker at numerous national meetings, and written extensively about Lasers and Cosmetic Procedures in leading medical journals and textbooks. Dr. Jalian completed his medical education and dermatology residency at the University of California, Los Angeles where he served as Chief Resident in Dermatology. Following residency, Dr. Jalian completed a rigorous fellowship at the Wellman Center for Photomedicine at Massachusetts General, Harvard Medical School, the leading institution for development and advances in laser technology. During his training there, Dr. Jalian not only focused on developing and refining his clinical skills, but also lead numerous clinical trials investigating novel treatments for acne vulgaris, tattoo removal, and birthmarks. Upon his return to Los Angeles, Dr. Jalian accepted a position at the University of California, Los Angeles as an Assistant Clinical Professor and Associate Director of the Santa Monica/UCLA Laser and Cosmetic Center. He is currently in Private Practice in Los Angeles, CA.
Serge R. Mordon, PhD
Pr. Serge R. Mordon, PhD works in Lille, France for the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research (INSERM). He is the director of INSERM U 1189 (Image Assisted Laser Therapies Assisted for Oncology) and the director of the Photomedicine Center (Lille University Hospital). Since 1981, he has been involved in the medical applications of lasers, particularly in dermatology and plastic surgery. More recently, he has focused his research on Focal Laser Ablation and Photodynamic Therapy. He is an internationally recognized expert in laser-tissues interaction and laser applications in medicine. He has authored over 600 articles and book chapters. Pr. Mordon is the author of sixteen issued patents. Since 2012, he holds a Master Degree in Strategy and Organization Management (University of Paris X). He is the President of The French Medical Laser Society and Board Member of several professional societies. He is an associate editor of the editorial board for the journal, Lasers in Surgery and Medicine. In 2015, he has been nominated Finland Distinguished Professor.