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ABLS Officers and Directors — Biographical Highlights

Edward M. Zimmerman, MD, President, ABLS

Edward M. Zimmerman, M.D., President

Dr. Zimmerman has degrees from Johns Hopkins, Georgetown and the George Washington University School of Medicine. He is a Diplomate of the ABFP and the American Board of Laser Surgery.

Dr. Zimmerman has been a member of the ASLMS since 1994; member of the American, Californian and European Academies of Cosmetic Surgery, and the American College of Phlebology. He serves on the Board of Trustees of the 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 teaching the Art and Science of Aesthetic and Laser Medicine.

He received the “Best of Las Vegas” award for Cosmetic Surgery, 2009; was selected an America’s Top Surgeon in 2010, 2012 and 2014 by the Consumer’s Research Council of America; and elected a Lifetime member of Cambridge’s Who’s Who Registry. He was a PSP “Top Doc” in 2010 and 2011. His office has been acclaimed for Excellent Customer Care by CMUS Talk of the Town in 2010-11-12-13-14-15. He was voted Silver State “Best Cosmetic Surgeon 2013” and again in 2014. Dr. Zimmerman is an Adjunct Clinical Professor of Cosmetic Surgery at Touro University School of Osteopathic Medicine. He directs Las Vegas Laser & Lipo, a State Licensed, nationally-accredited surgical facility dedicated to the refinement and delivery of safe, surgical and non-surgical aesthetic procedures.

Dianne Quibell, M.D., Vice President

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.

Dianne Quibell, M.D., Vice President ABLS

Shalini Kapoor, M.D., D.M., ABLS Board Secretary

Shalini Kapoor, M.D., C.M., Board Secretary

Dr. Kapoor is an award-winning published research scholar, medical doctor and surgeon, and expert laser specialist and cosmetic/aesthetic physician consultant who graduated from the McGill University School of Medicine, a world-renowned Ivy League Institution, with Honors ("Faculty/University Scholar" standing). She is a prominent and skilled, Triple Board Certified Eye and Multidisciplinary Laser Surgeon specializing in Laser Refractive Surgery (LASIK), Aesthetic Laser Surgery for total Facial and Body Rejuvenation as well as Facial Aesthetics and advanced injectable and shaping procedures including BOTOX and Fillers. Dr. Kapoor is also board certified and a Diplomate of the American Board of Laser Surgery, the American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine, the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery, and of the American Academy and Board of Ophthalmology. Active in research, Dr. Kapoor has published many scientific papers throughout the world, presented her findings nationally and internationally, and has won numerous awards for her work. Dr. Kapoor, as a member of the National Association of Medical Communicators (NAMC) has also had considerable experience as an expert lecturer, consultant and medical television show host, and has made numerous media and national television show appearances featuring her work in lasers.

Warren B. Seiler III, M.D., Executive Director of Education, Development and Accreditation

Dr. Seiler is a board-certified cosmetic laser surgeon, the owner and Medical Director at Seiler Skin and the founder of the Seiler Skin Aesthetic Institute. He obtained his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Notre Dame, where he graduated with honors. He graduated medical school from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. After training in general surgery at Carraway Methodist Medical Center in Birmingham, Ala., Dr. Seiler completed extensive further cosmetic specialty training, which extends well beyond any traditional residency or fellowship program. This includes in-depth training on the use lasers and injectables, as well as Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) in cosmetic medicine under Dr. Charles Runels, the inventor of the Vampire® procedures. He is also a fellow of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery.

Dr. Seiler completed his specialty board certification through the American Board of Laser Surgery (ABLS). After gaining national recognition as a prodigious provider in laser medicine and surgery, Dr. Seiler was appointed as the Executive Director of the ABLS. He subsequently went on to co-author multiple editions, including the current, of the ABLS examination text book and certification exams (written and oral). Most recently, Dr. Seiler co-authored the sixth chapter, Anesthesia in Laser Practice, in the "Textbook of Lasers in Dermatology."

As Executive Director, he currently serves as a trusted advisor and educator to ABLS members and non-members who seek expert training and higher education opportunities in the field. Dr. Seiler also works with state medical boards, health departments and laser safety societies in the U.S. and abroad to help create stronger safety and training regulations that govern practitioners who provide these procedures.

Dr. Seiler has trained and examined practitioners in 11 countries in laser, injection and aesthetic procedures. In 2008, Dr. Seiler founded the Seiler Skin Aesthetic Institute (SSAI), a premier provider of online and hands-on injection, laser and Vampire®- certified PRP training courses for physician and non-physician cosmetic practitioners. Dr. Seiler's flagship online course is a comprehensive, CME-certified neurotoxin and filler injection training that empowers practitioners of all experience levels with increased confidence and proficiency to enhance their craft and produce superior patient results. Dr. Seiler also has trained practitioners for Allergan—the maker of Botox, Juvederm, SkinMedica, Kybella and Latisse—and is one of the few expert hands-on trainers for the popular Vampire® procedures.

For nearly a decade, Dr. Seiler has served in the capacity of expert witness for both plaintiff and defense attorneys in dozens of civil and medical-malpractice lawsuits concerning laser, injection and cosmetic procedures.

Warren B. Seiler III, M.D., Executive Director ABLS

Martin A. Kaplan, D.M.D., ABLS Director of Dental Laser Education and Development

Martin A. Kaplan, D.M.D., Director of Dental Laser Education and Development

Dr. Kaplan earned his dental degree at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in 1975. Dr. Kaplan is a 37 year member of the American Dental Association, and is a member of the Massachusetts Dental Society, the Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the Academy of Laser Dentistry, the American Board of Laser Surgery.

Dr. Kaplan maintains a full time pediatric dental practice in Stoughton, Massachusetts. He is a part-time adjunct clinical instructor in the pediatric post-graduate department at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in Boston. He has been an early adopter of laser dentistry and has been standard certified by the Academy of Laser Dentistry since 2004. He has lectured nationally and internationally and has co-authored several dental articles and been a contributing author in several dental textbooks. Dr. Kaplan was instrumental in developing the first-in-the-country comprehensive Infant Laser Frenotomy class which is co-presented with Dr. Alison Hazelbaker, Catherine Genna Watson, and Dr. Robert Convissar at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in Boston.

Jin Wang Kim, M.D., Ph.D., Director of Education and Development, Asia

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.

Jin Wang Kim, M.D., Ph.D., Director of Education and Development, Asia

Herbert Wagner, M.D., Director of Education and Development, SA

Herbert Wagner, M.D., Director of Education and Development, South America

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.

Maryory Gomez, M.D., Special Advisor for Education and Development in Central and South America

Dr. Gomez specializes in cosmetic and therapeutic gynecologic laser surgery. She received her medical degree from la Universidad de Los Andes (ULA-Venezuela), and completed her specialty training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Hospital Universitario de Carabobo. She has trained in endoscopic surgery, advanced vaginal surgery, laser surgery, and cosmetic gynecology. Dr. Gomez has shared her experience at multiple international conferences in South America, North America and Europe. She has taught laser techniques to more than 250 gynecologists and other physicians from different countries from Latina America and Europe. She is certified by the Board since 2014 and is member of multiples societies related with laser and aesthetic gynecology.

Maryory Gomez, M.D., ABLS Special Advisor

Maria A Madrigal, M.D., PhD, Director of Education and Development in Mexico

Dr. Maria A. Madrigal currently practices in Mexico and is a graduate of Mexican Army and Airforce University. She obtained her medical degree at the Mexican Military Medical School in Mexico City.

Dr. Madrigal has thirty years' experience in laser gynecology and surgery, with a special focus in HPV-related genital tract neoplasia and laser genital aesthetic surgery. She did a clinical fellowship in colposcopy and laser surgery in London Ontario Canada with Dr. V. Cecil Wright, one of the pioneering practitioners and authors of textbooks in laser gynecology in the early 1990s.

She is the founder of the Colposcopy Clinic at Mexican Military Hospital. She is also the founder and president of SILGEF (The Iberoamerican Society for Lasers in Gynecology), and has received the Certificate of Recognition for her work in supporting the ABLS mission in Mexico. Dr. Madrigal is a Diplomate of the ABLS, and also certified by the Mexican Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Maria A Madrigal, M.D., PhD, ABLS Director of Education and Development in Mexico

John Flynn, M.D., ABLS Director of Education and Development, Australasia

John Flynn, M.D., MBBS, Dip RACOG, FRACGP, Dip.P.Derm. FACCS, Director of Education and Development, Australasia

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

Professor Tarek Ali Mohamed, PhD in Laser Physics, Director of Development for General Medical Laser Education, Middle East and Africa

Prof. Tarek Ali Mohamed, PhD in Laser Physics, Director of Development for General Medical Laser Education, Middle East and Africa

Prof. Tarek graduated in Physics from the Faculty of Science, Cairo University, Egypt 1990. In 1999, he became a PhD student in laser physics and gained significant knowledge and experience relative to laser physics, laser development and laser applications. Since 1999 his research has focused on laser development and applications.

In 2003, Dr. Tarek received his PhD in Laser Physics from Stockholm University, Sweden. He became a full Professor in Laser Physics at Beni-Suef University, Egypt in 2015. During his PhD studies, he succeeded in building an optical trap for circulating laser pulses, which can be used in many applications including medical, biological, industrial and environmental. In 2004, Dr. Tarek worked as Postdoctoral Fellow with the laser cooling group at the National Chung Cheng University in Taiwan. Then he joined Riken Institute, Japan from 2005 to 2009 as a Senior Scientist. From 2009 to 2012, he joined the Attosecond Laser Laboratory, Texas A&M University, USA, to develop a multi-pass cell for medical applications of lasers. From 2013 to 2015 he worked as a senior scientist at the Extreme Light Infrastructure — Attosecond Light Pulse Source, ELI-ALPS Laser Institute, Hungary. In October, 2016 he was appointed Dean by Beni-Suef University, Egypt to supervise and lead the Laser Institute for Research and Applications (LIRA).

Jihad Zeitouni, M.D., ABLS Associate Director of Development for Laser Dentistry, Middle East and Europe

Jihad Zeitouni, M.D., BDS, MSc in Laser Dentistry, Director of Development for Laser Dentistry, Middle East and Europe

Dr. Jihad Zeitouni is a Diplomate of the ABLS in Laser Dentistry. He holds a MSc in Laser Dentistry from Genoa University (Italy), and holds Diplomas of Doctor of Medicine in Stomatology from First Saint Petersburg Medical University. His background includes Flapless Laser Implant Placement at Dr. Smile Clinic in Paralimni Cyprus. He has already organized four International Laser Dentistry Courses in Cyprus and Cairo.

Waqas Javied Malik, MDS, Assistant Director of Development for Laser Dentistry, Middle East and Europe

Waqas Javied Malik, MDS, Assistant Director of Development for Laser Dentistry, Middle East and Europe

Dr. Waqas Javied Malik completed his BDS from prestigious university of Dhaka Bangladesh on SAARC scholarship in 2011. Afterward, he joined the American Board of Laser Surgery's Dental Laser Program and successfully achieved Diplomate status with the ABLS. He has also completed the certified National Board Dental Examinations (NBDE). He is the CEO/Director of Pak Academy of Laser Dentistry (PALD) in Pakistan. He continued his professional development and completed MDS residency in Oral and Maxillofacial surgery from PIMS. He is currently practicing as an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, implantologist and laser specialist in his own private practice, and other various practices in Islamabad. He has conducted workshops on dental lasers at the Institute of Implant Dentistry and Cosmetics Lahore. He has published original research articles in national and international journals. He also presented his original research at the 25th Euro Dental Congress 2017 in Dublin. He continues to educate and train in the use of dental lasers through seminars, lectures, and hands-on sessions.

Masahiro Seki, D.V.M., Director of Education and Development, Japan

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.

Masahiro Seki, DVM, ABLS Director of Education and Development, Japan

Philipe C. Cadic, MD, ABLS Special Advisor

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

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 and

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. 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 ( 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.

Hilario Robledo, M.D., Sc.D., FACS, Director of Development, Europe

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.

Hilario Robledo, MD, PhD, FACS, ABLS Director of Development, Europe

Sunaina Hameed, MD, ABLS Dir. of Education and Development, India

Sunaina Hameed, M.D., Director of Education and Development, India

Dr Sunaina Hameed, M.D. is consultant dermatologist at Yashomati Hospital and Narayana Multispecialty Hospital, Bangalore India. Her principal areas of expertise include clinical and aesthetic dermatology. She is a graduate of the well reputed Kasturba Medical College, Manipal. She has received extensive training in the use of dermatological lasers in skin of color. She also specializes in treatment of disorders of pigmentation, anti-aging and skin rejuvenation medicine. Dr. Hameed is a Diplomate of the American Board of Laser Surgery, the first in India who holds this prestigious distinction.

Dr. Hameed is a member of the India Association of Dermatologists, Venereologists & Leprologists, the Association of Cutaneous Surgeons of India, Cosmetic Dermatology Society of India, and Bangalore Dermatological Society. She is a monthly columnist for the Gulf Times newspaper, Qatar. She is a published author in various national and international journals and dermatological textbooks.

Dr. Laila Hassan, ABLS Dir. of Education and Development, Pakistan

Dr. Laila Hassan, Director of Education and Development, Pakistan

Dr. Hassan is an Aesthetic Physician who is a board certified Diplomate for the American Board of Laser Surgery (ABLS) and is Level 2 certified from the American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine (AAAM). She is an Authorized Trainer for all lasers of Nubway China for Pakistan. She is a key opinion leader (KOL) for the Aesthetic Knowledge Institute (AKI) in UAE, and also Joint Secretary of the Association of Aesthetic Physicians of Pakistan (AAAP). Her credentials include being an executive member of the Dermatology and Aesthetics Academy of Pakistan (DAAP) and a Master Trainer for the Pakistan Academy of Aesthetic Dermatologists and Surgeons (PAADS). In addition, Dr. Hassan is on the visiting faculty for Khyber Medical University in Peshawar and for the Health Services Academy in Islamabad. She is currently the CEO and owner of Zee Aesthetic Clinic in Islamabad, Pakistan

Hanan A. Alokaily, M.D., Special Advisor for Education and Development for the Middle East

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.

Hanan A. Alokaily, MD, ABLS Special Advisor

Pranav Pancholi, MD, ABLS Special Advisor, Sub-Saharan Africa

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

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., Late Past President Emeritus

Dr. John C. Fisher was instrumental in founding the American Board of Laser Surgery in 1984 and in developing many of the materials used in our Certification, and served as President of the Board for many years. His contributions were many and were significant to the field. He will be highly missed.

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

1981-2010 – 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.

John C. Fisher, Sc.D., Late Past President Emeritus ABLS