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ASLMS gains new president and officers


The American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery announces a new president and officers will be joining their Board of Directors for 2020-21.

The American Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery (ASLMS) has announced new officers and members of the board of directors for the 2020-21 year.

Thomas E. Rohrer, M.D., was announced as the 2020-21 ASLMS president at the board of director’s meeting held on April 30, replacing outgoing ASLMS president Dieter Manstein, M.D., Ph.D., according to press release.

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Dr. Rohrer, a dermatologist in private practice with SkinCare Physicians in Chestnut Hill, Mass., was the former chief of dermatologic surgery at Boston University Medical Center and the Boston Veterans Administration Hospital until January 2002. He is also a Georgetown University and Georgetown University School of Medicine alumnus graduating magna cum laude and a recipient of the Michael J. Caruso Award, a medical graduate award for humanitarian patient care.

"It is a true honor and pleasure to serve as the 40th president of the American Society for Lasers in Medicine and Surgery. ASLMS has been near and dear to my heart and instrumental in my career development and lifelong quest to learn," Dr.Rohrer says.

The 2020-21 ASLMS Executive Committee was also selected and is comprised of president-elect Henry H.L. Chan, M.D., Ph.D., FRCP; vice president Paul M. Friedman, M.D.; secretary Suzanne L. Kilmer, M.D.; secretary-elect Kristen M. Kelly, M.D.; treasurer E. Victor Ross, M.D. and historian J. Stuart Nelson, M.D., Ph.D.

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Also, new board members include representatives for nursing/allied health, Lisa Basilavecchio, RN; resident/fellow student, Jessica Labadie, M.D.; early career scientist student, Jolien Robijns, Ph.D.; industrial/marketing, Jay Bhawalkar, Ph.D.; biomedical engineering, Kevin Schomacker, and laser medicine, Nazanin Saedi, M.D.

"The diversity in our membership is our true strength and is what has helped push the science of lasers and energy-based devices forward and allowed all of our specialties to grow. Our diverse membership allows us to explore new technologies with a wider range of perspectives and expertise and this stimulates innovation. I hope to foster this in the coming year and expand our membership even more broadly," Dr. Rohrer says.


1. American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery. (2020, June 1). New Officers Announced at American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery [Press release]. Retrieved June 2, 2020.

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