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Registration is open for ASLMS 2024. View the program-at-a-glance and register today! 

About

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 2023-2024 President and ASLMS 2024 Co-Chairs

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Murad Alam, MD, MSCI, MBA

Vice-Chair of Dermatology; Professor of Dermatology, Otolaryngology, and Surgery; and Chief of the Section of Cutaneous and Aesthetic Surgery, at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine

  • Dr. Alam's Bio

    Dr. Murad Alam is Vice-Chair of Dermatology; Professor of Dermatology, Otolaryngology, and Surgery; and Chief of the Section of Cutaneous and Aesthetic Surgery, at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. He received his undergraduate and medical degrees from Yale University, completed internship in internal medicine at the University of Michigan, and obtained residency training in dermatology at Columbia University. He subsequently pursued fellowship training in laser and cosmetic surgery in Boston, and in Mohs micrographic surgery, in Houston. After completing his MSCI (Masters of Science in Clinical Investigation) at Northwestern, he enrolled in the Kellogg School of Management, from which received an MBA.

    An author of over 250 scientific publications, Dr. Alam is Editor of Archives of Dermatological Research, the oldest dermatology journal in the world, founded in 1869 as Archiv für Dermatologie und Syphilis. He is Associate Editor of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, Associate Editor of Lasers in Medical Science, Associate Editor of the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, Associate Editor of the International Journal of Women’s Dermatology, and Assistant Editor of Dermatologic Surgery. He has previously served on the editorial board of JAMA Dermatology. Dr. Alam is series co-editor of the Procedures in Cosmetic Dermatology books, and overall has edited 20 books, including Evidence-Based Procedural Dermatology (1st and 2nd editions), Cosmetic Dermatology in Skin of Color, Requisites in Cosmetic Dermatology, Body Rejuvenation, Non-Surgical Tightening and Lifting, and Treatment of Leg Veins.

    Dr. Alam is a current member of the Board of Directors of ASLMS. He is the ASLMS delegate to the Delegate to the United States Pharmacopeia Convention, an independent nonprofit organization that sets quality standards for medicines, food ingredients, and dietary supplements.

    Dr. Alam has also served as President of the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, and Treasurer of the Women's Dermatologic Society and is current Vice-President of the Illinois Dermatologic Society. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Board of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine, the American Academy of Dermatology, the Association of Professors of Dermatology, and the American Dermatological Association. He has previously served on the Boards of the American College of Mohs Surgery and of the Noah Worcester Society. Dr. Alam is the Dermatology Advisor to the American Medical Association-Current Procedural Terminology Committee; and a Voting Member on the General and Plastic Surgery Devices Panel of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Dr. Alam is vice-president of the Blade and Light International, an organization of volunteer dermatologic surgeons who perform medical mission work underserved countries.

    Dr. Alam’s clinical practice includes the laser surgery and medicine, as well as cosmetic procedures. He serves as the director of the ASDS-approved fellowship training program in Cosmetic Dermatologic Surgery. For over a decade, Dr. Alam has been associated course director of Controversies and Conversations in Laser and Cosmetic Surgery, an annual symposium focused on discussion of current and pending clinical advances.

    Dr. Alam's research, which includes clinical trials and multicenter cohort studies, addresses the effectiveness, side effects, and patient acceptance of different laser, cosmetic, and surgical treatments. Dr. Alam has a particular interest in evidence-based medicine, including the selection and measurement of outcomes. Dr. Alam is the chair of the US-based IMPROVED group, which is developing internationally applicable core outcome sets pertaining conditions that can be treated with cosmetic and laser interventions. He is also the director of CISTERN, an international collaboration for the development of clinical practice guidelines.

 
Shlomit Halachmi, MD, PhD

Shlomit Halachmi, MD, PhD

Medical Officer, FDA

  • Dr. Halachmi's Bio

    Dr. Shlomit Halachmi studied chemical engineering and biology at MIT, after which she studied medicine and molecular biology at Harvard Medical School, and completed her dermatology training at the combined Boston University/Tufts University residency program.  In addition to her clinical dermatology experience, she has worked in senior positions in drug and medical device development as well as at the FDA. She currently practices in Washington DC, with an area of interest in device-based therapies.

     

 
Arielle Kauvar, MD

Arielle Kauvar, md

Founding Director, New York Laser & Skin Care; Clinical Professor of Dermatology, New York University School of Medicine

  • Dr. Kauvar's Bio

    Dr. Arielle Kauvar is the founding director of New York Laser & Skin Care, a private practice specializing in laser surgery, Mohs surgery, cosmetic dermatology and clinical research, and a clinical professor of dermatology at New York University Grossman School of Medicine, where she teaches advanced dermatologic surgery. She is a board-certified dermatologist and a leading authority on laser technology, minimally invasive skin rejuvenation and skin cancer treatment.

    A high honors graduate of Princeton University, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and Sigma Xi, Dr. Kauvar received her medical degree from Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Health Science and Technology program. She completed her dermatology residency at New York University Medical Center, followed by a fellowship in Mohs micrographic surgery and laser surgery.

    Dr. Kauvar has pioneered many laser and device-based treatments and remains actively engaged in the development of new technology and clinical research. She has served as principal investigator in over 50 clinical trials in all phases of development and the FDA approval process. She is the author of over one hundred publications, including manuscripts, book chapters and a comprehensive textbook on laser surgery. She lectures at national and international scientific meetings, is frequently interviewed by the media and is a consultant to the medical device and pharmaceutical industries. She has served on the Board of Directors of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery, the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, and the American Society for Cosmetic Dermatology and Aesthetic Surgery and is a past president of the Dermatologic Society of Greater New York.

    Dr. Kauvar received the Castle and Connolly Top Doctors award and the Super Doctor in dermatology award for many years, as well as the Elle magazine Beauty Genius Award for her innovation in laser surgery. She is a recipient of the President’s Award from the American Society of Dermatologic Surgery, and multiple Presidential Citations from the American Academy of Dermatology. A native New Yorker, Dr. Kauvar developed an early interest in art and science and brings the perspective of a scientist and skill of an artist to her patient care.

    Whether treating birthmarks, skin cancer, scars, wrinkles or acne, Dr. Kauvar is passionate about helping people improve their lives by achieving healthy, natural-appearing, beautiful skin. She lives in Westchester County, where she and her husband raised their three sons and enjoys art, photography, cooking, hiking and traveling.

 
Jessica Labadie, MD

Jessica Labadie, md

Director of Lasers and Cosmetic Surgery; Assistant Professor in the Department of Dermatology at the Icahn school of Medicine at Mount Sinai

  • Dr. Labadie's Bio

    Jessica Labadie, MD, FAAD is a board-certified, fellowship-trained cosmetic, surgical and general dermatologist. She is the Director of Lasers and Cosmetic Surgery and an assistant professor in the Department of Dermatology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

    Born and raised in Rhode Island, Dr. Labadie graduated with honors from Brown University where she earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Neuroscience. Dr. Labadie received her medical degree from the University of California Irvine School of Medicine where she was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) honor society and graduated at the top of her class with distinctions in research, leadership and service. 

    Dr. Labadie went on to complete her Dermatology residency at Northwestern University in Chicago where she served as Chief Resident during her final year. Subsequently, she completed advanced clinical training in Lasers and Cosmetic Dermatologic Surgery at SkinCare Physicians in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts under the mentorship of world experts and thought leaders: Drs. Jeffrey Dover, Kenneth Arndt, Michael Kaminer and Thomas Rohrer.

    Dr. Labadie has authored numerous peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, academic poster presentations, oral abstracts, and lectures on cosmetic dermatology and laser surgery. She has served on the Board of Directors for the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery (ASLMS) and currently serves on the Board of the Association of Academic Cosmetic Dermatologists (AACD).

    Dr. Labadie’s practice focuses on cosmetic, surgical and general dermatology while placing a strong emphasis on compassionate, patient-centered care and individualized treatment plans. In addition to her patients, she is passionate about teaching and research.

 
Yakir Levin, MD, PhD

Yakir Levin, MD, PhD

Attending Physician and Instructor, MGH's Wellman Center for Photomedicine, Department of Dermatology

  • Dr. Levin's Bio

    Dr. Levin completed his MD and PhD degrees at Stanford University in the Schools of Medicine and Engineering, respectively, and was funded by an NIH Medical Scientist Training Program grant. He subsequently completed his internship at Emory University and his Dermatology residency at Boston Medical Center, where he served as chief resident. He completed a two-year clinical and research fellowship at the Massachusetts General Hospital's laser and cosmetic center.

    He is currently an attending physician and instructor at the MGH's Wellman Center for Photomedicine and its Department of Dermatology. His research focuses on the development of novel energy-based devices to improve the treatment of disfiguring birthmarks in children and to treat and prevent infectious diseases. His work has resulted in multiple awarded patents and numerous peer-reviewed publications.

    Dr. Levin’s clinical practice includes laser treatments of children with challenging congenital malformations, as well as cosmetic and medical dermatology. He also volunteers to treat children internationally in both Vietnam and Israel. He is co-chair of the Virtual Magic Wand Program, which educates and empowers clinicians to engage in problem-driven research and to form multidisciplinary teams to develop solutions to those problems. He is proud to serve on several ASLMS committees and to contribute to the society’s journal, Lasers in Surgery and Medicine, as author and reviewer.