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Women in Energy-Based Devices Committee

Highlight the excellence of women involved in the ASLMS and implement strategies to advance networking and training opportunities. Promote the professional development of women using energy-based technologies at all career and training levels through teaching, mentoring and organization leadership. Open to volunteers.


tran-thanh-nga-tThanh-Nga T. Tran, MD, PhD

Dr. Thanh-Nga Tran is a dermatologist at Kuchnir Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery, assistant in dermatology at Massachusetts General Hospital, instructor at Harvard Medical School and cofounder of the Vietnam Vascular Anomalies Center (VAC). Dr. Tran obtained her MD from Harvard Medical School, her PhD from the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology, and completed her residency at the Harvard Combined Dermatology Program.  She is currently carrying out research in cutaneous drug delivery at the Cutaneous Biology Research Center as well as conducting two clinical trials on early treatment of hemangiomas in newborns as well as laser treatment for radiation dermatitis at the Wellman Center for Photomedicine.  Through the Vietnam VAC, Dr. Tran is bringing modern methods for treating vascular anomalies to her native country of Vietnam and has helped improve both education and patient outcomes for many of the country's poorest residents. 


kelly-kristen-mKristen Kelly, MD

Dr. Kristen M. Kelly is a board certified dermatologist and Professor at the University of California (UC), Irvine. She attended UC, Los Angeles as both an undergraduate and medical student. She completed an internship in internal medicine and a dermatology residency at UC Irvine. After residency, Dr. Kelly completed a fellowship in photomedicine and biomedical optics at the Beckman Laser Institute and then obtained an academic appointment in the departments of dermatology and surgery at UC Irvine. Her research has helped to optimize cutaneous vascular lesion treatment, evaluate cutaneous angiogenesis, and develop and evaluate novel dermatologic light based imaging and therapeutic options. She has given over 150 lectures at local, national and international conferences and events and has authored over 90 scientific papers and 14 book chapters. Dr. Kelly is a fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology and her research has been funded by the ASLMS, Sturge Weber Foundation, Dermatology Foundation and National Institutes of Health.  Dr. Kelly has been an active ASLMS member since 1998 and is currently serving as President of the society.

ortiz-arisaArisa Ortiz, MD

Dr. Ortiz is the Director of Laser and Cosmetic Dermatology and an Assistant Professor of Dermatology at UC San Diego. She received her training in Mohs Micrographic Surgery at UCSD and completed the prestigious Cosmetic and Laser Fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and Wellman Center for Photomedicine. Dr. Ortiz completed her dermatology residency training at UC Irvine and earned her medical degree from Albany Medical College. She is a frequent speaker on laser surgery both nationally and internationally. She has published over 40 original medical articles and book chapters on new innovations in cutaneous laser surgery. Dr. Ortiz has also served as guest editor for the Journal of Lasers in Surgery and Medicine. She has received numerous awards for her work including the ASLMS research grant, ASLMS Best Cutaneous Laser Surgery Research Award, and the 2014 and 2015 Doctor's Choice Award in Dermatology for La Jolla, CA.

zaman-raiyan-tRaiyan T. Zaman

Dr. Raiyan Zaman is a Faculty in the Department of Medicine (Division Cardiovascular) at Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr. Raiyan Zaman's current research interests are geared toward objectives are toward developing novel, affordable biomedical optical imaging systems. Long term, she wants to employ molecular markers in optical technologies for the early diagnosis and treatment of atherosclerotic plaque. Optical imaging offers many exciting opportunities to develop minimally invasive, low-cost solutions for the detection and treatment of diverse diseases in cardiovascular and many other areas that are yet to be explored.

kazin-rebeccaRebecca Kazin, MD

Dr. Rebecca Kazin has devoted her professional career in the field of cosmetic dermatology to achieving excellence in patient care. A nationally recognized expert, Dr. Kazin is a Board-certified dermatologist, holds a faculty position at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and currently serves as Associate Director at the renowned Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

For close to a decade, Dr. Kazin served as Medical Director of the Johns Hopkins Dermatology and Cosmetic Center where she was responsible for training dermatology and plastic surgery residents in cosmetic dermatology. Her extensive experience as an injector led to her appointment to a national team of physicians who train other practitioners on the proper techniques for injectable therapy. Her physician peers elected her “Top Doc in Cosmetic Dermatology” for two consecutive years.

Dr. Kazin is not only an expert in conditions of the skin – her specialized proficiency extends to those conditions that affect the hair and scalp. She has carved a niche in her field by combining the most effective medical therapies and those with superior aesthetic properties, recognizing that patients are not satisfied unless their therapy adequately encompasses both factors.

Dr. Kazin is often featured in the media as an expert on topics ranging from skin care, acne, rosacea, hair loss, hair and scalp disorders, cosmetic dermatology and skin cancer. Features include the Baltimore Sun, Wall Street Journal, Prevention,, Medesthetics,,,,, and She frequently provides expert commentary for broadcast media, including National Public Radio and Let’s Talk Live, among others.

weiss-margaret-aMargaret A. Weiss, MD

Recently elected to the Board of Directors of the American Society for Dermatological Surgery, Dr. Margaret A. Weiss attended Princeton University, and received her B.A. in 1975 and her M.D. in 1978 from the Johns Hopkins University. After completing her dermatology residency there as Chief Resident in 1982, Dr. Weiss remained on the faculty, serving as Assistant Professor of dermatology for 30 years. In 2014, she became a Clinical Assistant Professor of dermatology at the University of Maryland.

Dr. Weiss is a fellow of the American College of Phlebology, American Academy of Dermatology, American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery, the Women’s Dermatologic Society, and is a past President of the Maryland Dermatologic Society. She continues to serve on committees of these organizations, lectures extensively, and in 2014 received the Presidential Award of the ASDS.

Co-Director of Maryland Laser, Skin and Vein in Hunt Valley, MD, Dr. Weiss is an investigator in the numerous clinical trials performed at MDLSV. Her busy clinical practice specializes in cosmetic dermatology, cutaneous laser surgery, and sclerotherapy. Dr. Weiss has published over thirty peer-reviewed journal articles as well as a textbook on vein treatment.

wilder-smith-petraPetra Wilder-Smith, DDS, PhD

Dr. Petra Wilder-Smith is Professor and Director of Dentistry at the University of California, Irvine’s Beckman Laser Institute (BLI). She is a Fellow of the University of California, Irvine’s Comprehensive Cancer Center, Visiting Professor at Aachen University, and Lecturer at Loma Linda University.

Professor Wilder-Smith's research interests include the development and validation of novel non-invasive optical techniques for oral diagnosis, especially early detection and monitoring of oral pre-cancerous and cancerous changes. Her work in this field over the past 20 years has resulted in much collaboration including more than 100 publications, 150 presentations at peer-reviewed scientific meetings, and 200 public lectures. Wilder-Smith is Co-Principal Investigator on an NIH-funded study to develop and test a low-cost portable screening device to detect possible oral cancer for use by field workers in India. Other funded research interests include oral biofilm, dental de- and remineralization, and pulpal vitality interrogation. Additional projects focus on the use of stem cells and other approaches to prevent or mitigate cancer-therapy-induced mucositis. Another area of interest is the development and testing of novel miniaturized optical tools for interrogation of the nasopharyngeal mucosa as a predictor of inhalation damage to the entire airway. Wilder-Smith serves on many advisory boards, including the Medical Advisory Board to Cancer Research and Prevention Foundation, the Board of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery, as well as the Editorial Boards of the journals Lasers in Surgery & Medicine, Photomedicine and Laser Surgery, and Journal of Biomedical Optics. Wilder-Smith has also served on the board of the Diagnostic Sciences Group for the International Association for Dental Research (IADR) and is currently President of this prestigious group.

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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