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.

Meet the 2020-2021 President and ASLMS 2021 Co-Chairs

Thomas E. Rohrer, MD

Dr. Thomas E. Rohrer is in private practice in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, with SkinCare Physicians and the president of the American Society for Lasers in Medicine and Surgery.  Dr. Thomas Rohrer is considered a leader in many of the major national dermatologic surgery societies and associations, and is a past president of the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery. In addition, he has served on the board of directors of the American Academy of Dermatology, the Association of Academic Dermatologic Surgeons, and the American College of Mohs Surgery. Dr. Rohrer has served on several committees (nominating, ethics, constitution and bylaws, and scientific) and task forces for the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery and co-chaired the derm-plastics section of the 2006 Annual Conference, and was the chair of the 2013 Annual Conference. Dr. Rohrer is the director of Mohs Surgery at SkinCare Physicians of Chestnut Hill. Until January 2002, he served as the chief of dermatologic surgery at Boston University Medical Center and the Boston Veterans Administration Hospital, as well as the director of the Boston University Center for Cosmetic and Laser Surgery. Dr. Rohrer is a magna cum laude graduate of Georgetown University and the Georgetown University School of Medicine. He was the recipient of the Michael J. Caruso Award, given to the medical graduate who best exemplified humanitarian care to their patients. Dr. Rohrer completed his internship in internal medicine at Yale University Hospital and completed a residency in dermatology at the combined Boston University-Tufts University program. He completed a Mohs and dermatologic surgery fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Rohrer has lectured nationally and internationally, instructing other dermatologists and plastic surgeons on various aspects of dermatologic and laser surgery. His textbook, Flaps and Grafts in Dermatologic Surgery is presently the national best-selling text on the subject. He is the editor of six other text books in cosmetic and laser surgery and has published in numerous dermatologic and laser surgery journals. Dr. Rohrer has appeared multiple times on NBC, ABC, CBS, FOX, and CNN news as an expert on lasers, skin cancer, and other related subjects. He has also been quoted in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, Boston Herald, Boston Magazine, Redbook, Men’s Health, Good Housekeeping, Allure, and Cosmopolitan. Dr. Rohrer has been voted as one of the Best of Boston Doctors for over a decade.

Anne M. Chapas, MD

Dr. Anne Chapas is a Manhattan based dermatologist, dermatologic surgeon and the Founder and Medical Director of Union Square Laser Dermatology, a state-of-the-art center for medical and cosmetic skin treatments. She specializes in laser surgery, Mohs micrographic surgery for the treatment of skin cancer, cosmetic procedures and is internationally acclaimed for her laser and cosmetic treatments. Known for her use of combinations of injectable treatments such as Botox and Fillers, she is dedicated to delivering the most natural looking results for a look that reveals that no cosmetic work was done. Dr. Chapas is a frequent lecturer and has been widely published on advances in cutaneous oncology, laser surgery and cosmetic dermatology. Her current research at Union Square Laser Dermatology is one of the most comprehensive laser, skin surgery and cosmetic practices in the country, which focuses on the use of laser and light devices in the treatment of medical and cosmetic conditions. Additionally, Dr. Chapas is certified by the American Board of Dermatology and she is a Fellow of the American Society for Laser Medicine & Surgery, the American Academy of Dermatology, the American College of Mohs Surgery and the American Society of Dermatologic Surgery. She is also a Clinical Instructor of Dermatology at Mount Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Chapas graduated magna cum laude in Biochemistry from the University of Pennsylvania and earned an MD with honors from Harvard Medical School. She completed a residency in Dermatology and prestigious fellowships in Mohs surgery and in procedural, cosmetic and laser dermatology. A strong believer in evidence-based medicine, she is a regular presenter at the top research meetings in laser dermatology and has published more than 40 peer-reviewed articles and textbook chapters.

Merete Haedersdal, MD, PhD, DMSc


Dr. Merete Haedersdal is 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 Ph.D 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.


Nathan S. Uebelhoer, DO


Nathan Uebelhoer (CDR, USN, RET) completed residency in the Navy in San Diego and then did his laser and cosmetic surgery fellowship at SkinCare Physicians of Chestnut Hill in Boston, Massachusetts. He then went on to direct the dermatologic surgery division at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego California. Author of numerous articles that have changed the standard of care for the treatment of restrictive scars, he now teaches nationally and internationally on these innovative laser treatments and the subject of laser-scar interactions.