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.
Paul M. Friedman, MD
Dr. Paul Friedman, board-certified by the American Board of Dermatology, is the director of Dermatology & Laser Surgery Center of Houston, Texas. He was educated in dermatology at the New York University School of Medicine where he served as chief resident and was twice awarded the prestigious Husik Prize for his research in dermatologic surgery. He completed a one-year fellowship in dermatologic laser surgery and Mohs micrographic surgery & cutaneous oncology at the Laser & Skin Surgery Center of New York and was the recipient of the Young Investigator's Writing Competition Award of the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery. Dr. Friedman 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 is a fellowship director for the ASDS-accredited cosmetic dermatologic surgery fellowship training program and also serves as faculty for the Procedural Dermatology Fellowship at MD Anderson Cancer Center.
Dr. Friedman has been a featured speaker of the American Academy of Dermatology, the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS), the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery (ASLMS), and other national and international audiences. He served as Co-Chair for the Cutaneous Laser Surgery Section of the 2009, 2011, and 2018 Annual Conferences of the ASLMS and served as program co-chair for the 2015 ASLMS Annual Conference. Dr. Friedman’s abstract received the Dr. Richard E. Fitzpatrick Best Clinical and Innovations Award at the 2015 ASLMS Conference and he was awarded the Best of Cutaneous Applications Abstract Session Award at the 2016 ASLMS Conference. He served on the ASLMS Board of Directors from 2015 to 2018 and has served as chair of the public service committee for the ASDS. Dr. Friedman was awarded the prestigious Leon Goldman Memorial Award at the 2019 ASLMS annual conference. Dr. Friedman has published over 100 medical articles and book chapters and co-authored the book Beautiful Skin Revealed: The Ultimate Guide to Better Skin. He is co-Editor of the textbook Lasers and Light Source Treatment For The Skin and serves on the Editorial Board of the journal Dermatologic Surgery. He has been featured in numerous national media outlets and is a frequent guest on Doctor Radio’s Dermatology Show. 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.
Catherine M. DiGiorgio, MD
Dr. Catherine DiGiorgio is a board-certified dermatologist and Harvard fellowship trained laser and cosmetic dermatologist in private practice in Boston, MA.
Dr. DiGiorgio graduated with honors from Loyola University in New Orleans where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology. She earned a Master of Science in Human Genetics and a Doctor of Medicine from Tulane University School of Medicine. She completed an Internship in Internal Medicine and Residency in Dermatology at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans. She subsequently completed a 2-year Laser and Cosmetic dermatology fellowship at Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital and the Wellman Center for Photomedicine. She is particularly passionate in the medical and cosmetic application of laser and energy devices.
Dr. DiGiorgio has authored many peer-reviewed publications and textbook chapters. She is an active member of several professional organizations including the American Academy of Dermatology, American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery, American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, Society for Investigative Dermatology, and Women’s Dermatologic Society. Dr. DiGiorgio is regularly invited to speak at national medical conferences. She is also passionate about dermatology resident education and is frequently invited to teach residents in laser and cosmetic dermatology at both Tulane University School of Medicine and Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center.
Omar A. Ibrahimi, MD, PhD
Dr. Omar Ibrahimi is the founding and medical director of the Connecticut Skin Institute. He is a board certified Dermatologist who has completed advanced fellowship training in Skin Cancer, Laser and Cosmetic Surgery. Dr. Ibrahimi has trained at the
most prestigious medical institutions in the country. He is one of the foremost physicians in the diagnosis and treatment of all types of skin cancer, as well as medical and cosmetic issues involving the skin. He has been honored as a Castle-Connolly
Top Doctor for his outstanding patient care.
Dr. Ibrahimi is accredited by the American College of Mohs Surgery, the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, the American Society for Lasers in Surgery and Medicine and the American Academy of Dermatology. He is well-known nationally, having
been an invited speaker at numerous national meetings, and has written extensively about Mohs Surgery, Laser and Cosmetic Procedures. Dr. Ibrahimi has published many articles on skin cancer surgery, laser and cosmetic procedures in leading medical
journals. He has also performed thousands of cases of Mohs Surgery and Laser and Cosmetic procedures.
Dr. Ibrahimi has served as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Dermatology at Harvard Medical School in the Wellman Center for Photomedicine. The Wellman Center for Photomedicine is the world’s leading research center, where the majority of today’s
laser and cosmetic technologies were invented and tested. He is an active participant in many clinical trials of new technologies. Prior to founding the Connecticut Skin Insititute, Dr. Ibrahimi was also an Assistant Professor of Dermatology, Dermatologic
Surgery and Mohs Surgery at the University of Connecticut, and served as the Director of Laser and Cosmetic Surgery.