ASLMS president

Dr. George J. Hruza, MD, MBA, clinical professor of dermatology and otolaryngology at St. Louis University and director of the Laser & Dermatologic Surgery Center in St. Louis, Mo., appointed to position.

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WAUSAU, Wisconsin--Dr. George J. Hruza, MD, MBA, clinical professor of dermatology and otolaryngology at St. Louis University and director of the Laser & Dermatologic Surgery Center in St. Louis, Missouri, became president of the April 21, 2012, at the ASLMS annual conference. The American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery is aresource for laser research, safety, education, and clinical knowledge. The organization promotes excellence in patient care among its 4,000 members worldwide by advancing clinical application of lasers and related technologies.Dr. Hruza has been a member of ASLMS for 25 years and previously served as president-elect, vice president, and treasurer on the ASLMS Board of Directors. ASLMS Vice President Dr. Jeffrey Dover, MD, a director of SkinCare Physicians of Chestnut Hill, Mass., was named president-elect, and Juanita Anders, PhD, professor of anatomy, physiology, and genetics at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, Md., was elected vice president. Other new officers include Dr. Elizabeth Tanzi, MD, co-director of laser surgery at the Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery, Washington, D.C., who was elected secretary, and Dr. Stuart Nelson, MD, medical director at the Beckman Laser Institute, Irvine, Calif., who will become the organization’s historian. Continuing as treasurer for ASLMS is Dr. Mathew Avram, MD, JD, director of the MGH Dermatology Laser & Cosmetic Center, Boston, Mass.Related information, click here.“Our patients rely on us to provide them with safe and effective laser treatment,” Dr. Hruza stated upon assuming his duties as president. “We need to be advocates for patient safety by supporting sensible laser regulations and as an unbiased resource for the FDA as they decide about what energy-based devices to approve. Our research program has already funded $1.35 million in original laser research. I plan to set our sights a lot higher through the development of a self-sustaining endowment fund.”Dr. Hruza earned a medical degree from New York University, and completed his dermatology residency at New York University Medical Center in 1986 followed by a laser surgery fellowship at Harvard Medical School and a Mohs and dermatologic surgery fellowship at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. A certified diplomat of the American Board of Dermatology, he serves on the editorial boards of Dermatologic Surgery, Lasers in Surgery and Medicine, Journal of Cosmetic and Laser Therapy, Journal Watch for Dermatology, Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery, and Journal of Drugs in Dermatology. Dr. Hruza has served on the Association of Academic Dermatologic Surgeons, American College of Mohs Surgery, and American Society for Dermatologic Surgery Boards of Directors. He has contributed more than 135 publications to the medical literature, including a textbook on laser surgery. He has lectured on four continents on lasers in dermatology, Mohs surgery, skin cancer, cosmetic surgery, and dermatologic surgery.For more information, visit www.aslms.org.To comment on this topic, go to community.pennwelldentalgroup.com/.
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