ASLMS 2022


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, allied health 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 2021-2022 President and ASLMS 2022 Co-Chairs

Henry H. L. Chan, MD, PhD, FRCP


Dr. Henry Chan is a specialist in dermatology. He is also currently the Honorary Clinical Professor and Honorary Consultant Dermatologist of the Division of Dermatology, Department of Medicine, The University of Hong Kong, Queen Mary Hospital, Hong Kong and Visiting Scientist (research staff) of the Wellman Center for Photomedicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, USA.

Dr. Chan’s work in Boston has led him to successfully obtained five patent families. Together with 3 other colleagues at Massachusetts General Hospital, they set up an incubator company that led to several start-up companies. He has published or accepted to be published over 350 articles including 1 book, 37 book chapters and 147 peer reviewed international indexed publications, among these, 43 were published in Lasers in Surgery and Medicine, the official journal of ASLMS. Since 2005, he has served as an Associate Editor of Lasers in Surgery and Medicine and also serves on the editorial board of other international journals including Dermatologic Surgery, Lasers in Medical Science, Journal of Cosmetic and Laser Therapy, and Archives of Dermatological Research.

Dr. Chan was the Conference Program Co-Chair for the 2019 ASLMS annual conference in Denver. In 2010, Dr. Chan was awarded the Ellet H. Drake Memorial Award by ASLMS for his contribution to laser surgery. He was also the recipient of an ASLMS Presidential Citation in 2002, 2016 and 2018, and the ASLMS Best Session Award Clinical Applications - Cutaneous in 2018.


J. Stuart Nelson, MD, PhD


Dr. J. Stuart Nelson is Medical Director of the Beckman Laser Institute and Medical Clinic (BLIMLC), and Professor of Surgery and Biomedical Engineering, at the University of California Irvine. His research is interdisciplinary in nature combining expertise in optics, electrical and mechanical engineering, and medicine. He has published more than 340 scientific articles and 15 book chapters, and has filed 26 disclosures and been awarded 15 patents from the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Dr. Nelson founded the UC Irvine Vascular Birthmarks and Malformations Diagnostic and Treatment Center (VBMDTC) and serves as its Director.

Dr. Nelson served as President of ASLMS in 2001-2002. He was Editor-in-Chief of the ASLMS journal Lasers in Surgery and Medicine from 2005 through 2015. Finally, in addition to Dr. Nelson's research, teaching, and faculty responsibilities at the BLIMC, he is engaged in a full-time university-based direct clinical practice with a focus on serving patients with pediatric port wine stain birthmarks, hemangiomas, and other vascular malformations as well as different types of skin disorders amenable to laser treatment.

Fernanda H. Sakamoto, MD, PhD 


Dr. Fernanda H. Sakamoto is an Assistant Professor in Dermatology at the Harvard Medical School, Wellman Center for Photomedicine, Massachusetts General Hospital. She is a fellow of the AAD, fellow of the ASLMS, a member of the Société Française de Dermatologie; of the Brazilian Society of Dermatology, of the Brazilian Society of Dermatological Surgery, of the Brazilian Group of Melanoma and of the International Society of Dermoscopy. Dr. Sakamoto’s research interests include Laser therapy, PDT, acne, skin cancer, wound healing and new material science. Currently her work is focused on the development of new light-based treatments of acne and atopic dermatitis. She served on the editorial board of J. Investigative Dermatology.

Dr. Sakamoto has served on the ASLMS Education and International Committees and is currently serving on numerous committees including Concepts, Marketing and Public Relations, Nominations, and Women in Energy Based Devices Committee.