SOURCE: American Society for Laser Medicine & Surgery, Inc. (ASLMS)

March 07, 2016 06:00 ET

Pediatric Laser Medicine Highlighted at American Laser Society Meeting

Course Addresses the Safe and Effective Use of Lasers and Energy Devices for Treatment of Children

WAUSAU, WI--(Marketwired - March 07, 2016) - Pediatric laser medicine is one of the highlights for ASLMS 2016, the Annual Conference of the American Society for Laser Medicine & Surgery, Inc. (ASLMS). The conference will be held in Boston, Massachusetts March 30 - April 2, 2016.

The course faculty includes top experts in the field who will provide insight and advances in the safe and effective clinical use of laser and energy devices as they relate to children's health. Participants will learn to select appropriate laser and energy device therapies for specific pediatric problems.

Some of the topics covered include treatment of infantile port wine stain birthmarks and other vascular legions, as well as scars and pigmented lesions. A pediatric anesthesiologist will address the important topic of anesthesia during pediatric laser surgery. The course will also include discussion on how to collaborate with patients and caregivers to develop treatment plans that meet the physical and emotional needs of children. The faculty will address safety and ethical considerations during the session.

"Attendees of this course will be better able to anticipate, prevent, and manage adverse events associated with pediatric laser treatments," said Kristen M. Kelly, MD, Pediatric Laser Focus Course Director and ASLMS President-Elect. "Based on feedback from last year, we have expanded the course to four hours this year. The course is designed to be highly interactive, with plenty of time allocated for questions and discussion of challenging cases." 

Dr. Kelly is a board certified dermatologist and professor at the University of California (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 lectures locally, nationally and internationally and has authored numerous scientific papers and book chapters.

Course co-directors are Iris K. Rubin, MD and Andrew Krakowski, MD, both experts in the field of pediatric laser medicine.

Dr. Rubin is a board-certified and laser fellowship trained dermatologist. She is the medical director of the Dermatologic and Vascular Laser Surgery Program at Children's National Medical Center in Washington D.C. and assistant clinical professor of dermatology at George Washington University School of Medicine. Dr. Rubin also serves as Director of Government Communication and Education for ASLMS.

Dr. Krakowski is a board-certified dermatologist and pediatric dermatologist with a clinical research focus on the application of lasers/photomedicine in children. He currently serves as the Chief Medical Officer for DermOne, LLC, in West Conshohocken, Pennsylvania. He has authored more than 50 publications including articles on the use of laser for scar revision and wound healing in epidermolysis bullosa, and is co-editor of The Scar Book, the definitive textbook on scar formation, mitigation, treatment, and prevention.

The Annual Conference of the American Society for Laser Medicine & Surgery, Inc. is regarded as the top meeting for the exchange of information on the latest discoveries, applications and research involving medical lasers and energy based sources. 2016 marks the 36th year of the ASLMS Annual Conference. Visit aslms.org for more information.

The American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery, Inc. (ASLMS) 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 participates 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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