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The American Board of Laser Surgery
was founded to promote the safe and efficacious use of
lasers and light in medicine and surgery by establishing
standards of acceptable levels of knowledge and competence
through certifying examinations for medical professionals.

 

Biographical Highlights of the Officers (En Español)

Ed Zimmerman, MDEdward M. Zimmerman, M.D., President
Biographical Highlights

Dr. Zimmerman became a Diplomate of the American Board of Laser Surgery in 1999 and is now an Examiner for the Board. He has been using lasers since the early 1990’s and has been practicing aesthetic medicine for over 12 years. He is a member of the International Society for Cosmetic Laser Surgeons, a Fellow of the American Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery, and a member of both the European Academy of Cosmetic Surgery and American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery.

He has taught physicians for many years and lectures nationally and internationally. He has held faculty appointments at the University of Pittsburgh and Milton S. Hershey School of Medicine. Dr. Zimmerman has been on the faculty of the National Procedures Institute for six years teaching the Art and Science of Aesthetic and Laser Medicine. He received his medical training at the George Washington School of Medicine and has degrees from both Georgetown University and the Johns Hopkins University.

Dianne Quibell, MD, Vice PresidentDianne Quibell, M.D., Vice President
Biographical Highlights

Dianne Quibell, MD is a board certified practicing Internist in Wellesley Hills, MA, the Medical Director of MD TLC, Inc., and is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Quibell has over six years experience combining internal medicine with medical aesthetics. She has been a lecturer and luminary for four laser technology companies since 2001. She has privately trained over 450 clinicians nationally in aesthetic laser/light based technologies, BOTOX®, microdermabrasion and fillers.

Dr. Quibell is a Fellow of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery, a Member of the International Society for Cosmetic and Laser Surgery, and a Member of the American Society for Photodynamic Therapy. She is also a member of the Medical Spa Task Force of the Massachusetts Board of Registration.

MD TLC, Inc., in Wellesley Hills, MA, is a management and consulting company specializing in guiding medical practices in making the transition to medical aesthetics, with an emphasis on training physicians on laser/light based technologies. MD TLC, Inc. also operates a full service cosmetic medicine practice in Wellesley Hills, Massachusetts. MD TLC is dedicated to providing state of the art medical aesthetic procedures.

Marilyn Zimmerman, SecretaryMarilyn Zimmerman, C.L.T., Secretary
Biographical Highlights

Marilyn Zimmerman has worked in the medical field for 25 years. She has devoted the last 12 years to working with lasers and light-based technology.  She manages Zimmerman Laser and Liposuction, a cosmetic surgery practice, and has been a Certified Laser Technician since 1997. Ms. Zimmerman educates physicians and their staff on how to build a successful cosmetic surgery practices.  She is an Allied Health member of The American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery, The International Society for Cosmetic Laser Surgeons, and The American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery.

Warren B. Seiler III, MDWarren B. Seiler III, M.D., Executive Director of
Education, Development & Accreditation
Biographical Highlights

Dr. Seiler is the Owner and Medical Director of Seiler Skin Cosmetic Laser & Aesthetics Center, located in Birmingham, Alabama. Dr. Seiler earned his B.S. from the University of Notre Dame and completed his M.D. at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Following training in general surgery at Carraway Methodist Medical Center in Birmingham, Alabama, Dr. Seiler completed further certification in cosmetic laser and aesthetic procedures. Dr. Seiler is Board Certified in Cosmetic Laser Surgery from the American Board of Laser Surgery and he is a fellow of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery. His professional practice includes skin rejuvenation, cosmetic laser and aesthetic procedures, laser facial resurfacing, and use of laser scanning in the development of breast prosthetics for cosmetic and post-mastectomy patients in association with ContourMed.

Dr. Seiler is an international speaker, preceptor, and physician trainer for Lumenis Laser Company and Allergan. He is also a Board Examiner and co-author of the examination manual for the American Board of Laser Surgery.

Through his position as Executive Director, he is currently working with state medical boards, health departments, and laser safety societies in the US and other countries to further educate patients and practitioners about safety awareness and the training necessary to obtain safe and effective patient results. Dr. Seiler is working to improve state training, supervision, and safety regulations.

Additionally, Dr. Seiler has been an expert witness for multiple malpractice cases in the US regarding laser procedures and resulting burns and complications from cosmetic laser and injection procedures. He has worked with plaintiff and defense attorneys and state medical boards. He helps determine state medical laser/injection laws and provides advice and literature regarding standard of care issues (i.e. typical results per procedure, risks/benefits, common/expected and rare/unexpected side effects and complications, what device should be used on a patient/condition). He educates the attorney and/or state medical board representatives about lasers and works with these to determine misdoing, negligence, malpractice, or non-adherence to medical laser law. Dr. Seiler also provides information that the opposing side may discuss and give insight as to the legitimacy of such topics. Dr. Seiler’s work includes review of documented materials, providing an opinion to extensive case work, depositions, and case trial involvement, among other areas of expertise.

Jin Wang Kim, MDJin Wang Kim, M.D., Ph.D., Director of Education & Development, Asia
Biographical Highlights

Dr. Jin Wang Kim is a board certified plastic, hand and laser surgeon, a senior diplomate and Director of the Education and Membership Committee for Asia of the American Board of Laser Surgery, and a Fellow of the American Society of Lasers in Medicine and Surgery. Dr Kim is a pioneer of laser surgery in Korea, including laser skin resurfacing, laser face lifts, laser endoscopic surgery, laser hair removal, laser hair transplantation, laser removal of tattoos, nevus, and hemangiomas. Dr. Kim is currently the President of Laser Congress Korea, 2008, sponsored by the Asian Pacific Association of Lasers in Medicine and Surgery.

Educational credentials include: BS, MS, MD and PhD - Yonsei University; Medical MBA - Seoul National University. Internship and Residency - Yonsei University Hospital.

Key memberships include: ISLSM (President), APALMS (President), APAPS (President), KSLT (President), ISELS (President), MITRS (President), World Academy of Letters (Vice Chancellor), and UCC (Ambassador General).

Prominent past and current positions include:
Traveling Professor; Faculty & Chairman of ISAPS, OSAPS; Professor of Hallym University, Yonsei University, Dankook University, Inha University, Superintendent of BestWell Hospital; Director of Korean Medical Laser Laboratory; Secretary-General of 6th APALMS; President of ISELS, ISAMLS; President  of 19th ISLSM; Honorary Director General of Cambridge IBC; Ambassador General of United Cultural Convention; Vice Chancellor of World Academy of Letters; Founding Charter and Life Member of ILTA and IPTA; Director of International Society of Photodynamic Therapy; Editor and Chief of Korean Society of Photodynamic Association; President of Korean Society of Phototherapy, LLLT; Past President and Treasurer of Korean Society for Lasers in Medicine and Surgery; Director of KSLMS; Editor in Chief of Korean Journal of Photodynamic Therapy (KPA).

Representative awards include:
Best Lecture Award in 17th ISLSM, Firenze, Italy; Best Paper Award in 6th APALMS in Seoul, Korea; Best Professor in Hallym University College of Medicine; Best Award from American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery; Best Lecture Award from Korean Society of Laser Therapy; Best Paper in Medical MBA, Seoul National University; Top 100 health professional in the world - I.B.C.; Great Mind of the 21st Century - A.B.I.; Outstanding Intellectual of the 21st Century; Korean Best Scientist - I.B.C.; Awards from Marquis's Who’s Who in the World.

Herbert Wagner, MDHerbert Wagner, M.D., Director of Education & Development, South America
Biographical Highlights

Dr. Wagner graduated as a Medical Doctor and Surgeon in 1986 from The University el Rosario. He became board certified in obstetrics and gynecology in Bogota, Colombia at the University Of Nuestra Senora Del Rosario. In his first year of residency, he completed a fellowship at St John’s Mercy Hospital, St. Louis, Missouri, USA with Dr. Fernando Arias. Dr. Wagner has a sub-specialization in gynecologic laparoscopy in La Clinica de la Mujer, and is board certified by the Colombian Society of Laparoscopy.

He earned a fellowship in gynecologic microsurgery in Hospital Infantil Universitario Lorencita Villegas de Santos. He is certified in laser surgery for the lower genital tract and vaginoplasty by the Sociedade Brasileira de Laser em Medicina e Cirurgia.

Dr. Wagner is a developer and professor of the international course of training of lasers in pathology of the lower genital tract, tutorial and vaginoplasty with lasers, at the University Fundacion Universitaria de Ciencias de la Salud (FUCS). He organized the first course of treatment of deep venous insufficiency with a diode laser of the FUCS. He was one of the first to use laser medicine in Colombia and South America. He is a member of the American Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery , member of the Sociedade Brasileira de laser em Medicine e Cirurgia, member of the Sociedad Bogotana de Obstetricia y Ginecologia, member of the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists (AAGL). Dr. Wagner has been chief of the Departments of Gynecology and Obstetrics in the Clinica de Occidente and the Clinica Fray Bartolme de las casas in Bogota, Colombia.

With the courses of Laser Vaginoplasty at the FUCS, he has trained gynecologists nationally and internationally, having realized more than 200 vulvovaginoplasties with lasers; and presented at several international medical congresses, seminars and workshops.

Dr. Wagner has held faculty appointments at the Universidad Del Rosario. He has been Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics at the University Fundacion Universitaria de Ciencias de La Salud. Currently he is the Director of Continued Education in the same University, Chief of Minimal Invasive Surgery in Gynecology at the Hospital Infantil Universitario de San Jose, and Profesor of Laser Vagynoplasty.

John Flynn, MDJohn Flynn, M.D., MBBS, Dip RACOG, FRACGP, Dip.P.Derm. FACCS,
Director of Education & Development, Australasia
Biographical Highlights

Dr. Flynn graduated from the University of Queensland Medical School in 1976. After initial training in Surgery he commenced a practice in Skin Cancer and Cosmetic Surgery on the Gold Coast in Australia. He obtained a Dermatology qualification in UK and is also Board Certified by the American Board of Laser Surgery.

Dr. Flynn is a Foundation Fellow of the Australasian College of Cosmetic Surgery and is currently the CEO of the College and a Former President. Specializing in Facial Cosmetic Surgery and non-invasive facial rejuvenation techniques, Dr. Flynn is regularly invited to present at academic meetings in Australia and internationally, and conducts training courses in cosmetic surgery and laser and cosmetic medicine. He has developed techniques of minimally invasive facial rejuvenation which are popularly used in Australia, New Zealand, SE Asia and USA. He is a pioneer and a leader in the development of thread techniques and their combination with other adjunctive procedures. Dr. Flynn presents training courses in facial contouring using injectable fillers and is a contributing author to texts on cosmetic surgery. Dr. Flynn’s practice also encompasses Breast Augmentation, Breast Lifts, Abdominoplasty, and Lipoplasty.

Dr. Flynn has established the Australasian Journal of Cosmetic Surgery which is circulated throughout Australia and Asia, and is the Managing Editor.

Dr. Flynn consults for pharmaceutical companies on product and has assisted in development programs. He has conducted surveys of adverse events in cosmetic surgery and medicine to ascertain proper treatment strategies. The results of this work are now featured in product information and risk management profiles internationally.

  • Fellow Australasian College of Cosmetic Surgery
  • President Australasian College of Cosmetic Surgery 2003 - 2005
  • Censor in Chief Australasian College of Cosmetic Surgery 2005 - 2007
  • CEO Australasian College of Cosmetic Surgery 2006 - present
  • Board Certified American Board of Laser Surgery
  • Member American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery
  • Member International Society of Cosmetic and Laser Surgeons
  • Managing Editor and Publisher Australasian Journal of Cosmetic Surgery
  • Member of the Panel of Examiners ACCS
Hanan A. Alokaily, MDMasahiro Seki, D.V.M., Director of Education & Development, Japan
Biographical Highlights

Dr. Seki is the Owner and Medical Director of the Animal Laser Center, located in Nagoya, Japan. Dr. Seki completed his D.V.M. at the Rakuno Gakuen University for Veterinary Medicine. Following training in Veterinary Medicine at Animal Hospitals in Yokohama and Nagoya, Japan. Dr. Seki completed further training in small animal surgery at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Dr. Seki is Board Certified in Laser Surgery from the American Board of Laser Surgery. His professional practice includes small animal laser surgery with CO2 lasers, laser therapy for small animals, and percutaneous laser disc decompression for dogs with Diode lasers.

Dr. Seki is a director of the Japan Laser Veterinary Science Society, a member of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery, the Japanese Society of Veterinary Dermatology, the Japanese Board of Veterinary Practitioners, the Japan Animal Hospital Association, and the Nippon Animal Hospital Association.

Through his position as director of the Japan Veterinary Science Society, he is educating Japanese veterinarians about laser surgery basics and applications and laser safety. He is also encouraging pet owners to get more gentle treatment using lasers for pets.

Philipe C. Cadic, MDPhilipe C. Cadic, M.D., Special Adviser for Education and Development for Europe
Biographical Highlights

Dr. Philippe Cadic started as a computer developer in 1981 at the age of eleven when the use of computers started to become prolific around the world. During his medical studies in France, he worked as an electronic and computer engineer in various startup companies and published several books dealing with electronic improvements in the field of HF, VHF and UHF radio-communication equipment. He graduated GP MD in 2001 from the University of Medicin, Tours, France.

He created, in parallel to his medical practice, two engineering companies (one doing healthcare software and web sites, the other doing R&D and software development in telephony and computer telephony). He is an Associate Professor of Telephony and Computer Networking at the University of Science of Tours (France) where he teaches Telecom to master’s degree students. Dr. Cadic began his work in lasers in 2005, and earned his degree in medical lasers in 2006 (European Inter-University Diploma “Medical Lasers”), and opened a laser center in Orléans, France. His fields of interest include treatment of dermatologic vascular lesions, burns, scars and eye rejuvenations. He is a consultant for development of various medical devices at several R&D companies, and conducts research projects in the field of laser cooling devices and software tools. Dr. Cadic is the author of both web-published and print books on a variety of laser medical topics.

Dr. Cadic is a member of the American Society of Lasers for Medicine and Surgery (ASLMS), a member of the board of the French Medical Laser Society (SFLM), a member of the French Association of Aesthetic Medicine (AFME), founder and president of the Skin Cosmetics and Aesthetics Association, and founder and publisher of carboxyworld.com and medecin-laseriste.com.

His scientific lectures include:
  • Stretch Marks and Eye Rejuvenation with CO2 Insufflations. IMCAS, Jan 2009, Paris, France. Presentation of preliminary results on stretch marks and lower lid carbon dioxide insufflations.
  • Stretch Marks and Eye Rejuvenation with CO2 insufflations. ISDS (Int’l Society for Dermatologic Surgery), Oct 2008, Las Vegas, USA. Presentation of results on stretch marks and lower lid carbon dioxide insufflations.
  • PDA, Mobile Solutions for MDs and Diagnostic Tools. MEDEC.org International Conference, Paris, France. Regular lectures from 2002 to 2004.
  • VOIP and Open-source Applications. International Congress of Linux Opensource Solutions, 2003, Reims, France. Lecture on the evolution of VOIP open-source software and visions for the future.
His scientific publications include:
  • Medical Mobility, Quitidien du Medecin (quotimed.com). Regular articles from 2002 to 2004.
  • Aesthetic Oculofacial Rejuvenation, with Dr. Zilkha and Dr. Haddad, Chapter 14 of Carboxytherapy. Elsevier, to be published in 2009.
Hanan A. Alokaily, MDHilario Robledo, MD, PhD, ScD, FACS, Director of Development, Europe
Biographical Highlights

Dr. Hilario Robledo graduated from the Faculty of Medicine at the Complutense University of Madrid with a rating of Outstanding, Specialist (MIR 5 years) in General and Digestive Surgery in the Gregorio Maranón University Hospital in Madrid, PhD Suitable Cum Laude at the Complutense University of Madrid, Chief of Section of General Surgery Meixoeiro University Hospital, Vigo, Spain, Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, American Board of Laser Surgery, American Board in Laser Cosmetic Procedures, Diplomate with Distinction of the American Board of Laser Surgery, Lecturer for Laser&Health European Academy, Public Official (State Functionary) of Career, Physician Headline, Master in Aesthetic Surgery, visiting professor at Rey Juan Carlos University, Madrid and tutor of master programs Aesthetic and Laser Surgery, URJC, Madrid, Fellow of Australasian College of Cosmetic Surgery, Fellow of the American College of Phlebology, Prof. European Academy of Cosmetic Surgery, Laparoscopic surgeon, Microsurgery, visiting clinician at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, New York Hospital, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Hospital, NY, University San Francisco, California, USA. Mount Zion Hospital, proof of having met and completed the requeriments for Continuing Medical Education at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in General Surgery, thesis in laser science and applications at the University Rey Juan Carlos, Madrid, author of four books on science, technology and applications of laser Editorial Spanish Academic, Medical Director of the University Clinic Laser, Vigo, Spain Medical Center, 18 years experience in general laser surgery, phlebology and laser aesthetics. President of the Spanish Association of Aesthetic Medical Laser. 15+ national and international organizations.

Hanan A. Alokaily, MDHanan A. Alokaily, M.D., Special Adviser for
Education and Development for the Middle East
Biographical Highlights

Dr. Alokaily is currently the General Director of the Dr. Hanan Clinic in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and a consultant in laser dermatology and cosmetic surgery. She is a Member of the Arab Board of Dermatology, a Diplomate of the American Board of Laser Surgery (ABLS), and International Fellow of American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), a Fellow of the Saudi Society of Dermatology and Skin Surgery, a Member of the International Society of Dermatologic Surgery, and was privileged to serve in a laser fellowship with the renowned David Goldberg, M.D., of New York and New Jersey, USA. Dr. Alokaily has also served as the Head of the Laser and Cosmetic Dept. at the Royal Clinic at King Abdullah Palace, as well as held key staff positions at the King Saud Hospitals.

Dr. Alokaily is a graduate of the Medical College at King Saud University. She attends many prominent professional conferences worldwide each year, and has authored numerous articles in various journals and other media relative to new advances in laser surgery.

Pranav Pancholi, MDPranav Pancholi, M.D., Special Advisor for
Education and Development for Sub-Saharan Africa
Biographical Highlights

Dr. Pancholi has the distinction of becoming the first ABLS Diplomate in Sub-Saharan Africa. His education and degrees in dermatologic and gynecologic laser surgery span education at Harvard Medical School, the University of Nairobi (Kenya), and the Universities of Liverpool and Cardiff in the U.K.

Dr. Pancholi has had the distinction of serving as an International Research Fellow in Dermatology at Harvard Medical School and has authored in a book on dermatology. He is currently pursuing an advanced degree in skin cancer treatment at the University of Queensland (Australia). He is currently the Medical Director at the First Laser Skin Center in Nairobi, Kenya, which has one of the most advanced laser systems in Africa. He treats patients in dermatology, venereology, and aesthetic medicine, and is also developing new techniques in laser treatments, electro-surgery, cryosurgery, and chemosurgery.

Procedures Performed and Assisted in Include:

Laser liposuction, laser treatments for varicose veins, cosmetic laser surgery, Caesarian sections, excision of tubo-ovarian masses, ectopic pregnancies, dilatation and curettage, bilateral tubal ligation, appendectomies, explorative laparatomies, chest tube insertion, supra pubic cathererization, bone marrow aspirate, excision of soft tissue masses, incision and drainage of abscesses, skin and lymph node biopsies, lumbar punctures, hysterectomies, resection and anastomosis, splenectomies, thyroidectomies, open reduction and internal fixation.

Professional memberships:
  • Member, International Society of Teledermatology, Vienna
  • Member, International Society of Dermatology
  • Project Coordinator Kenya Medical Association, Thika Division 2005-2006
  • Member, Kenya Medical Association, Nairobi Division
  • Member, American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine
  • Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology
  • Member of the World Society of Anti-aging Medicine
John C. Fisher, Sc.D.John C. Fisher, Sc.D., Late Past President Emeritus

It is with regret that we inform both our ABLS Diplomates and broader community of laser medical practitioners of the passing of Dr. Fisher in February, 2010. Dr. Fisher was instrumental in founding the Board in 1984, in developing many of the materials used in our Certification, and served as President of the Board for many years. His contributions were significant and many to the field, and he will be highly missed.

Biographical Highlights

Dr. Fisher was a Co-Founder of the Board, a multidisciplinary, non-profit organization dedicated to the formulation, publication, and implementation of standards of proficiency and knowledge for physicians, veterinarians, registered nurses, and other medical professionals desiring to use lasers in the treatment of patients.

Dr. Fisher held these degrees:

  • Bachelor of Science in Arts & Sciences, Harvard University;
  • Master of Science in Electrical Engineering, Harvard University
  • Doctor of Science in Applied Physics, Harvard University

In addition, these were key highlights of Dr. Fisher’s professional credentials:

Professional Affiliations

20+ national and international organizations

Professional Publications

35+ articles in peer reviewed journals, reports, book chapters, and books

Faculty Service

250+ courses and seminars in laser surgery in the United States, Japan, China, Canada, Switzerland, France, Greece, Monaco, Bermuda, Australia, and England

Professional Experience in Laser Medicine & Surgery

1981-Present – Dr. Fisher participated as a surgical instructor and/or scientific advisor in more than 400 lasers surgical procedures, in every major medical specialty and in all parts of the human body. Dr. Fisher investigated dozens of laser accidents in hospital operating rooms and consulted on dozens of cases of malpractice.

November 1976-October 1981 – Pioneering work in the field of laser medicine and surgery for the CO2 Laser Group of Cavitron Corporation, including the introduction in 1978 of the first commercially available laser accessory ever to allow the carbon dioxide laser to be used through a rigid bronchoscope for ablation of lesions of the tracheobronchial tree. As Director of Medical Development for the Lasersonics Division, Dr. Fisher was responsible for the development of new medical devices and accessories, as well as for clinical studies of promising new applications of lasers and ultrasonic surgical aspirators.

 

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