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Now accepting nominations for the 2025 Honorary Awards. The deadline to submit nominations is September 1, 2024. Learn more about ASLMS Honorary Awards.

Leon Goldman Memorial Award

Leon Goldman

Leon Goldman, MD

This award was established in 1998 to recognize a practicing physician whose career demonstrates excellence in clinical research, patient care, or education related to medical lasers. It is given in memory of the many contributions of Leon Goldman, MD, the “Father of Laser Medicine.”

This award may be given to either ASLMS members or non-members. The award recipient will receive a plaque and $1,000 at the Annual Conference and will be required to present a lecture at the conference.

The candidate must meet the following criteria:

  1. A practicing physician who has demonstrated longitudinal excellence throughout their career in performing clinical laser research, providing high-quality laser services to patients, or educating others in medical laser applications
  2. Share the characteristics of honesty, high ethical standards, and a dedication to patients that were possessed by its namesake

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.

2024 Recipient


Emil A. Tanghetti, MD

Past Recipients

2023 - Merete Haedersdal, MD, PhD, DMSc
2022 - Pablo Boixeda, MD, PhD
2021 - Arielle N.B. Kauvar, MD
2020 - Suzanne L. Kilmer, MD
2019 - Paul M. Friedman, MD
2018 - Kristen M. Kelly, MD
2017 - Gerald Goldberg, MD
2016 - Christine Dierickx, MD
2015 - Mathew M. Avram, MD, JDE
2014 - E. Victor Ross, MD
2013 - Raymond J. Lanzafame, MD, MBA
2012 - Robert A. Weiss, MD
2011 - Stephen G. Bown, MD, FRCP
2010 - Brian S. Biesman, MD
2009 - Christopher B. Zachary, MBBS, FRCP
2008 - Jerome M. Garden, MD
2007 - J. Stuart Nelson, MD, PhD
2006 - Roy G. Geronemus, MD
2005 - Ronald G. Wheeland, MD
2004 - Richard E. Fitzpatrick, MD
2003 - Kenneth A. Arndt, MD
2002 - R. Rox Anderson, MD
2001 - Tina S Alster, MD
2000 - Jeffrey S. Dover, MD
1999 - David J. Goldberg, MD

Learn more about our 2024 award recipients.

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