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ASLMS Women in Energy-Based Devices

ASLMS recognizes and honors women in energy-based devices with the establishment of the ASLMS Women in Energy-Based Devices Group. Our focus is women from all specialties involved in ASLMS which includes scientists, clinicians and allied health practitioners.

Celebration of ASLMS Women in Energy-Based Devices NEW DAY

Thursday, April 6 | 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM | 28 C/D/E
Sponsored by Solta Medical, a division of Valeant Pharmaceuticals

Join us for an evening of networking and inspiration, with a focus on women from all specialties involved in ASLMS, which includes scientists, clinicians, allied health practitioners and women in the energy-based device industry. For 2017, the Celebration will highlight international humanitarian efforts. R. Rox Anderson, MD, is the featured speaker. Following his talk, Dr. Anderson will join Fernanda Sakamoto, MD, PhD; Jill Waibel, MD and special guest, Kim Phuc in a Q&A session. The evening will proceed with an expert panel offering industry, scientific and clinical perspectives. Attendees can enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres, bar/beverages and networking with peers and luminaries. See the event schedule.

The ASLMS Leadership, Mentorship & Public Advocacy for Women in Medical Science Award will also be presented. This award will honor Jill S. Waibel, MD, as an individual who has significantly promoted the professional development of women in specialties using lasers and/or energy-based devices through teaching, mentoring, organizational leadership, or public advocacy. Learn more about the award.

tran-thanh-nga"The focus of this year’s ASLMS Women in Energy-Based Device (WEBD) event celebrates international collaboration and humanitarian medicine. We are thrilled to have Dr. Rox Anderson as the featured speaker of the WEBD event. Besides being a prolific innovator, dedicated mentor, and brilliant researcher, he is also a humanist who has helped start volunteer organizations dedicated to the use of modern technologies to help children with disfiguring birthmarks, scars, and wounds in Vietnam, Armenia, and Pakistan. It is fitting that the Q&A session also features Dr. Fernanda Sakamoto, who has worked alongside Dr. Anderson in his humanitarian efforts, as well as Dr. Jill Waibel and Kim Phuc, whose stories of war and healing touch at the core of why we do our work:  to help people regain their function, their dignity, and their ability to have a normal appearance."

Thanh-Nga Tran MD, PhD
ASLMS 2017 Celebration of ASLMS Women in Energy-Based Devices Director

anderson-r-rox"The most valuable lesson to me about this effort is to get off your chair and get out of your daily grind and go do something else. There is no greater thrill to know that the stuff you do actually has an impact. If you go to a foreign country and help their children, it doesn’t matter what their religion and politics are; everybody gets it that you are here to help their kids. This is what this is about. It is a chance to fully express idealism and know that the world is a good place. That is the value of doing humanitarian work."

R. Rox Anderson, MD
ASLMS 2017 Celebration of ASLMS Women in Energy-Based Devices Featured Speaker


The Women in Energy-Based Devices Committee was formed in 2015. The goals of this group are to:

  • Highlight the excellence of women involved in ASLMS
  • Address the challenges women may confront in academic and other professional settings
  • Advance networking and training opportunities for ASLMS women
  • Educate ASLMS members about gender-bias
  • Encourage young women to choose STEM careers especially those involving energy-based technologies

ASLMS 2016 Highlights

Victoria Reggie Kennedy received the inaugural Leadership, Mentorship & Public Advocacy for Women in Medical Science Award, presented on behalf of the ASLMS and sponsored by Valeant Pharmaceuticals North America, LLC. The award was presented during the Celebration of ASLMS Women in Energy-Based Devices event held at ASLMS 2016 on April 1.

Mrs. Kennedy has been a leading voice on the empowerment of women and girls in our society. She is an advocate for expanding medical research and for access to health care to all Americans. She is senior counsel in the corporate and securities practice at the international law firm Greenberg Traurig LLP as well as President of the Board and co-founder of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate.

In addition to her law practice, board service and non-profit leadership roles, Kennedy has served in key strategic and political roles on issues ranging from health, education, economic opportunity and involvement in the political process. She has received numerous awards for her advocacy for healthcare for women.

Victoria Reggie Kennedy award

Juanita Anders, PhD (left), Victoria Reggie Kennedy, Tina Alster, MD



Featured Video 

Industry Panel
Davitt Sheetal (left) and Wendy Frydrych, PhD led the Industry Panel discussion

At the Celebration of ASLMS Women in Energy-Based Devices 2016 event, a panel of industry members discussed bias in the workplace for women and minorities and the importance of mentorship in our careers.

Directors: Wendy Frydrych, Davitt Sheetal
Panelists: Vlad Paul Blanc, Jhung Won Vojir, Marina Kamenakis, Gloria Janata, Kalia Mendel, Constance Wittig


Featured Article


Yasaman Damestani, PhD
Former Student Board Representative

Celebration of ASLMS Women in Energy-Based Devices

My passion for science and engineering started before I was old enough to understand under-representation of women in STEM fields, gender discrimination, and wage gap. I was raised to believe that girls could do anything boys could do and that all career paths were open to me. Recently, as I started preparing to enter the workforce, I realized that I was not living in an era of equality. Reading Sheryl Sandberg’s “Lean In”, Gene Russo’s “Turbulent Times”, and Katty Kay and Claire Shipman’s “The confidence gap” was eye-opening, inspiring, and most of all frightening. According to SPIE 2014 Optics and Photonics Global Salary Report, men earn 40% more than women, with respective median salaries of $77,000 and $55,169. This wage gap is also consistent with Nature’s finding that “Large salary disparities persist between male and female researchers.”  Read Full Article.

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