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The Board Offers four Certification Programs:
Our Certification: Beneficial to Have and Convenient to Earn: Earning the certification from the American Board of Laser Surgery provides a valuable learning experience, and promotes efficacy of treatment, patient safety and helps attract new patients. We are the only medical specialty board worldwide devoted to the use of lasers and light in surgery and medicine. We recognize that today's competitive market provides challenges for many laser and light practitioners.
We offer a pay-as-you-go option for preparing for and taking the Written Examination. Candidates may either take the written examination in one sitting OR complete the written examination through a series of four steps that accommodates busy schedules, and provides for fees that are phased to each step. The Oral Specialty Examination follows successful completion of the written examination. Our Application Fee is very reasonable and our fee structure avoids the large upfront costs that most boards require. Please see our Certifications page for complete details.
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A unique opportunity to connect with other laser practitioners. Exchange information on the latest equipment and techniques, and other topics of value to your practice.
|Edward M. Zimmerman, MD President and Acting Treasurer||Shalini Kapoor, M.D., C.M., Board Secretary|
|Dianne Quibell, MD Vice President||Warren B. Seiler III, MD Executive Director|
|Pranav Pancholi, MD, Africa||Masahiro Seki, D.V.M., Japan|
|Jin Wang Kim, MD, PhD, Asia||Philippe C. Cadic, MD, Europe|
|Herbert M. Wagner, MD, South America||Hanan A. Alokaily, MD, Middle East|
|John Flynn, MD, MBBS, Australia|
|Aronoff, Billie L., MD||Fisher, John C., ScD||Mirhoseini, Mahmood, MD|
|Cayton, Mary M., RN||Friedman, Eugene, MD||Sacknoff, Eric J., MD|
|Cerullo, Leonard, MD||Jako, Geza, MD||Shapshay, Stanley M., MD|
|Choy, Daniel S.J., MD||L'Esperance, Francis A., MD||Stellar, Stanley, MD|
|David, Lawrence M., MD||LeJeune, Francis E., MD||Whipple, Terry L., MD|
|Dwyer, Richard M., MD||Lobraico, Rocco, MD||Wright, V. Cecil, MD|
|McLaughlin, David S., MD|
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“It was a learning experience going through the ABLS structured exams. Starting from the basic scientific concepts of lasers to the high-end usage of lasers and future concepts, these are discussed in the study materials provided. I had taken the written examinations step-by-step so as to have ample time to understand the theory in between the clinical practice information.
The oral examination was also simplified through the online video conferencing, and a wide array of my clinical practice and experiences were discussed. This gave me an insight into further enhancing my practice guidelines.
I wish to thank the Board for enrolling me and providing me the necessary knowledge in this field.”
Thanks and regards,
Dr James Z., M.D.
"I wanted to extend my deep appreciation to the ABLS. All of the stages of the ABLS process have been passed very smoothly. I found the laser physics and tissue interaction chapters challenging and the study material very informative. The written examination was also very challenging and the required scores were high even with the open book facility, so it ensures that the ABLS certificate holders are very qualified.
I truly enjoyed the oral examination, and it was conducted in a friendly and professional manner. The ABLS certification is an excellent experience and I surely will recommend it to my colleagues."
Dr. Nancy L.
"I would never rely on treatment parameters supplied by the company (when buying a new laser). Their settings are called, in the industry, ‘Safe Start’ protocols. Typically safe for the laser not to burn … but minimally clinically effective. My advice would be to understand fundamentals of laser physics and learn the practice the way medicine has always been learned. Medicine is an apprenticeship. One learns from other physicians, medical schools, and professional scientific meetings, etc. Thanks to modern advances, some of this can be achieved through online learning. The ABLS List Serve forum is a good example …. I find the idea of walking into a physician’s office and selling them a laser to start using the following week appalling, if such physician has no training in laser physics …"
Dr. Clement B.