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Ellet H. Drake Memorial Award

The 2017 honorary awards were presented at the ASLMS 2017 Annual Conference. The nominations process for 2018 will open soon. 

Ellet H. Drake, MD


This award was established in 1995 to recognize a practicing physician who has contributed to innovative laser procedures and/or laser products for medicine. It is given in memory of Ellet Drake, MD, co-founder of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery.

This award may be given to either ASLMS members or non-members. The award recipient will receive a plaque and $1000 at the Annual Conference and will be required to present a lecture at the conference.

The candidate must meet the following criteria in order to be considered for this award:

  1. A practicing physician with at least five years of practice
  2. Contributed to innovative laser procedures and/or laser products for medicine
  3. Contributed to literature and/or has demonstrated excellence in teaching on a regional or greater level substantiating his/her laser activity during his/her career
  4. Good verbal communication skills to allow for an informative appropriate lecture

No award will be granted to any person if the award would be contrary to any United States law, including but not limited to trade embargoes administered by the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control.

2017 Recipient


Melanie Grossman MD

Past Recipients

2016 - Mathew M. Avram, MD, JD
2015 - Brian D. Zelickson, MD
2014 - Nathan S. Uebelhoer, DO
2013 - Emil A. Tanghetti, MD
2012 - Brian S. Biesman, MD
2011 - Dieter Manstein, MD
2010 - Henry H.L. Chan, MBBS, PhD, FRCP
2009 - Suzanne L. Kilmer, MD
2008 - Jeffrey S. Dover, MD
2007 - E. Victor Ross, MD
2006 - Kenneth A. Arndt, MD
2005 - Richard E. Fitzpatrick, MD
2004 - J. Stuart Nelson, MD, PhD
2003 - Robert A. Weiss, MD
2002 - Jerome M. Garden, MD
2001 - Roy G. Geronemus, MD
2000 - George S. Abela, MD
1999 - Raymond J. Lanzafame, MD
1998 - Ronald G. Wheeland, MD
1997 - David B. Apfelberg, MD
1996 - R. Rox Anderson, MD
1995 - John A. Parrish, MD

The American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery is the world’s largest scientific organization dedicated to promoting research, education and high standards of clinical care in the field of medical laser applications. It provides a forum for the exchange of scientific information and participation in communicating the latest developments in laser medicine and surgery to clinicians, research investigators, government and regulatory agencies, and the public.

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