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Plenary Keynote Speaker

Friday, March 29 | 9:30 AM - 11:00 PM | Plenary Session|Four-Seasons Ballroom 4 

Scott Parazynski, MDaslms-2019-keynote-speaker

The Road Less Traveled: Finding Your Way Towards Really Making a Difference

Dr. Parazynski has spoken all over the world about the rigors, risks and rewards of exploration in extreme environments, deriving important lessons in teamwork, risk management and leadership under the most demanding circumstances, on or off the planet.

He derives lessons from an international upbringing in war-torn Beirut and Tehran, from those who inspired him to pursue his passions, and from "the view from the top of the planet," which he attained via rocket as well as on foot... As he says: "Life's greatest lessons come from outside the classroom" - based on the people we meet, the experiences we pursue, and having an openness to new challenges. Through perseverance, rigorous preparation and a willingness to fail every once and awhile, enormous rewards often ensue... He shares his path through life with stunning imagery, good humor and relatable anecdotes. Attendees will see their own pathways towards making a difference!

  • Plenary Session Keynote Speaker Biography


    Plenary Session | Friday, March 29| 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

    Scott Parazynski

    Dr. Scott Parazynski is a highly decorated physician, astronaut, and tech CEO, recently inducted into the US Astronaut Hall of Fame. He is a widely sought-after keynote speaker on innovation, risk management, mentorship and leadership under extreme adversity.

    parazynski-scott-003Scott has lived and traveled all over the world, spending many of his grade school years in places such as Senegal, Lebanon, Iran and Greece. A graduate of Stanford University and Medical School, he went on to train at Harvard and in Denver for a career in emergency medicine and trauma.

    In 1992 he was selected to join NASA's Astronaut Corps and eventually flew 5 Space Shuttle missions and conducted 7 spacewalks. Mission highlights include a global ozone mapping flight; leading the first joint US-Russian spacewalk while docked to the Russian space station Mir; serving as Senator John Glenn's crewmate and "personal physician"; and assembly of the Canadian-built space station robotic arm.

    In October 2007, Scott led the spacewalking team on STS-120, during which he performed 4 EVAs. The final EVA is regarded by many as one of the most challenging and dangerous ever performed. The tremendous coordinated effort in orbit and on the ground by Mission Control has been likened to the Space Shuttle and Space Station era's "Apollo 13 moment."

    In addition to being a diver and accomplished mountaineer, Scott is also a commercial, instrument, multiengine and seaplane-rated pilot. On May 20, 2009, he became the first – and, so far, only - astronaut to stand on top of the world. As a life-long explorer, he and colleague Sam Cossman recently set the first bootprints adjacent the world’s youngest lava lake, inside the crater of Massaya Volcano in Nicaragua. 

    He is a prolific inventor/product developer and serves on the Boards of several companies. He is Founder and CEO of Fluidity Technologies, focused on the development of revolutionary input devices powered by machine learning to intuitively move through physical and virtual space.


Celebration of ASLMS Women in Energy-Based Devices

Thursday, March 29 | 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM | Room 402


Featured Speaker 

Suzanne L. Kilmer, MD

How the Many Men in My Life Trained Me to Survive the Extreme Journey to Be Honored as a Woman Laser Leader

Raised by a German Catholic football player dad and RN mom (that wasn't allowed to go to Med school) my training field began with 3 rough and tumble brothers, then 2 husbands and 3 kids. In the very male-dominated fields of Neuroscience then surgical medicine, several critical mentors led me along my "extreme journey" which included bench research, over 300 clinical trials, national and international lectures, family play time occasionally peppered with immunodeficiency and autoimmune issues. I am grateful for every experience and all that I learned as it helped me become the woman leader I am today and hope by sharing my journey I can inspire more women to take that next leap towards leadership!


ASLMS Leadership, Mentorship & Public Advocacy for Women in Medical Science Award Recipient and Presentation

2019 Recipient: Merete Haedersdal, MD, PHD, DMSC

Extreme Journeys in Life and Career

From Hygge to Harvard: The Scandinavian model is world-renowned for its gender equality, work-life balance and the popularized concept of "Hygge." What on earth would compel someone to venture out of such a secure bubble? This is Dr. Merete Haedersdal's story of stepping out of her comfort zone on a transatlantic adventure from Hygge to Harvard. 

Passion to Project: Dr. Haedersdal discusses how scientific curiosity and care for patients introduced her to a multitude of inspiring people and broadened her horizon. 


Women in Energy-Based Devices Early Career Development Award Recipient and presentation

2019 Recipient: Dana M. Hutchison, MS

Sisterhood of the Traveling Panniculus

Our goal was to study human adipocyte necrosis induced by Electrochemical Lipolysis. What we gained along the way was a sisterhood of strong women from varying backgrounds, collaborating with one another to advance the field of science through empowerment.

  • 2019 Celebration of ASLMS Women in Energy-Based Devices Speaker Biographies


    Suzanne L. Kilmer, MD kilmer-suzanne-l

    Dr. Suzanne Kilmer is the Founder of the Laser and Skin Surgery Center of Northern California, Clinical Professor at the University of California, Davis and past president of ASLMS. She completed her M.D. degree and dermatology residency at U.C. Davis Medical Center, then moved east for a laser surgery fellowship at Harvard Medical School’s Wellman Laboratories of Photomedicine.  She remained at Harvard as a faculty member for two more years researching the use of Q-switched lasers for treatment of tattoos and pigmented lesions and the rapidly pulsed CO2 lasers now popular for resurfacing.  Upon returning to Sacramento, Dr. Kilmer was a principal investigator in the original trials for laser skin resurfacing, laser hair removal, pulsed dye and fractional lasers for wrinkles and scars, picosecond laser treatment of tattoos, pigmented lesions, acne scars and pico-toning, microwave technology for the treatment of hyperhidrosis, cryolipolysis, tissue tightening and body shaping devices, and several toxin and filler studies. She lectures annually at national and international dermatology meetings and directs several laser courses. Widely published and on numerous medical advisory boards, Dr. Kilmer has served on the Board of Directors for ASDS and ASLMS, as well as Past President and current Secretary for ASLMS. She was honored to be the 2008 Sturge-Weber Foundation roastee, the 2009 recipient of the prestigious ASLMS Ellet Drake lectureship award and the ASDS 2014 Iron Surgeon. When not playing in the electromagnetic spectrum, she loves to ski, surf, and play games with her husband and 3 children.



    ASLMS Leadership, Mentorship & Public Advocacy for Women in Medical Science Award

    Merete Haedersdal, MD, PhD, DMSc haedersdal-merete

    Dr. Merete Haedersdal is a consultant in dermatology and clinical professor at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. She is Visiting Scientist at the Wellman Center for Photomedicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School focusing on the project “Laser-Assisted Drug delivery” in collaboration with Dr. R. Rox Anderson and his team. Dr. Haedersdal received her M.D. degree from the Medical School program of the University of Copenhagen, Denmark and was authorized as a specialist in dermato-venereology in 2004. Dr. Haedersdal received her PhD degree in 1997 and became Dr. of Medical Science in 1999. Her theses covered aspects of side effects from dermatological laser procedures in animal and human experimental studies. Professor Haedersdal publishes and lectures internationally and her research team focuses on translational medicine in the field of laser dermatology, fractional laser-assisted drug delivery, photodynamic therapy, and treatment of skin cancer with light-based devices.



    Dana M. Hutchison, MShutchison-dana

    Dana Hutchison is a 2nd-year medical student at the University of California, Irvine. She holds a Master of Science in Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine from the University of Southern California, and a Bachelor of Science in Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology from University of California, Santa Barbara. She’s currently involved in research under the guidance of Dr. Brian Wong, a facial plastic surgeon focused on translational surgical therapeutics and diagnostics. 

    Prior to medical school, Dana was a Technology Licensing Associate at the University of Southern California, where she worked to maximize the translation of university research into products for public benefit through licensing technologies, expanding industry collaborations, and promoting entrepreneurship and innovation. 

    Through her journey of becoming a physician, she hopes to combine her passion for helping others with her desire to empower women to achieve their goals.


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