About The Patient’s Guide

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Scientific Advisory Board


Eric F. Bernstein, MD

Eric Bernstein, MD, is a distinguished practitioner, researcher and innovator in the fields of dermatology and laser surgery. He received his BS from Duke University and MD from the Yale University School of Medicine. Following fellowships with the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health and Hahnemann University, he joined Jefferson Medical College, where he directed a photobiology laboratory and served as the first director of the Laser Surgery Center.

His research on a molecular model of skin photoaging led to the development of his own firm, DakDak LLC, which performs in vitro phototoxicology testing for large pharmaceutical companies and pursues discovery of novel anti-aging and pharmaceutical compounds. Dr. Bernstein holds numerous U.S. and international patents, has authored over 50 peer-reviewed articles, and has given more than 250 presentations at scientific meetings. A board member of leading laser manufacturers, he also consults with numerous cosmetic and biotechnology firms. He currently serves as Clinical Associate Professor of Dermatology at the University of Pennsylvania.

Richard E. Fitzpatrick, MD

Dr. Richard Fitzpatrick is an innovative leader in Dermatology. In March of 2005 he was named Allure Magazine’s “Physician Who Has Most Influenced Beauty” and was honored as the Sturge-Weber Society’s 2005 “Physician of the Year.” He was instrumental in the development of several medical lasers and laser procedures, including laser resurfacing of the skin with the UltraPulse CO2 laser. Dr. Fitzpatrick is the author of medical textbooks on laser surgery, as well as numerous scientific articles. He lectures all over the world and has trained thousands of physicians in laser techniques. His scientific interest in topical formulations to reverse photoaging led him to develop a unique skin care line, SkinMedica.

A Princeton University graduate, Dr. Fitzpatrick went on to Emory University Medical School where he was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha, the medical honor society for academic excellence. Dr. Fitzpatrick completed his internship in Internal Medicine at the University of Southern California and attended the University of California at Los Angeles to complete his specialty training in Dermatology. Dr. Fitzpatrick’s surgical interests led him into the field of laser surgery.

Board Certified by the American Board of Dermatology, he is a member of the American Society of Dermatologic Surgery, the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery. He served as President of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery in 2000-2001. He is also a member of the American Medical Association, the California Medical Association and the San Diego County Dermatologic Society.

Dr. Fitzpatrick is an Associate Clinical Professor in the Division of Dermatology at UCSD School of Medicine. He is on the medical staff of Scripps Memorial Hospital, La Jolla and Encinitas.

Dr. Fitzpatrick is listed in “Best Doctors in America” and the National Directory of Who’s Who in Executives & Professionals. The American Cancer Society recognized him as a “Volunteer of the Year”. He is the recipient of the 2004 Leon Goldman Memorial Lectureship Award from the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery for integrity, dedication, and overall excellence in clinical laser research and services, and recipient of the American Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery’s 2005 Drake Ellet Lectureship Award. He is also the recipient of the Richard Webster Lectureship Award from the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery in 2001, honoring his contributions to cosmetic surgery.

Roy G. Geronemus, MD

Roy G. Geronemus, M.D., Director of the Laser & Skin Surgery Center of New York, graduated from Harvard University and pursued his medical education at the University of Miami School of Medicine. He trained in dermatology at the New York University Medical Center where he was chief resident and subsequently underwent a fellowship training in Mohs micrographic surgery under the auspices of the American College of Mohs Micrographic Surgery and Cutaneous Oncology.

He is clinical professor of dermatology at the New York University Medical Center where he founded its laser program and served nine years as chief of dermatologic and laser surgery. He is also the Director of the skin/laser division in the Department of Plastic Surgery at the New York Eye & Ear Infirmary, Immediate Past President of the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery and President Elect of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery.

Dr. Geronemus has been a featured speaker of the American Academy of Dermatology, American Society for Dermatologic Society and the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery for many years, as well as speaking to other national and international audiences. He has published over 165 medical articles, chapters, and books, including the most recent 2nd Edition of Illustrated Cutaneous and Aesthetic Laser Surgery. He has been involved with the development of several new laser systems and therapeutic techniques which are now commonly used throughout the world. He has been listed in New York Magazine’s “Best Doctors in New York” nine times, twice in Woodward and White’s “Best Doctors in America”, and in Town & Country’s “Best Cosmetic Surgeons”.

Melanie C. Grossman, MD

Melanie C. Grossman, M.D., graduated from Princeton University and New York University School of Medicine. She interned at Yale University and completed a dermatology residency at Columbia University. She developed clinical and research laser expertise during a two-year fellowship at the Massachusetts General Hospital of Harvard University. Dr. Grossman is a fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology, the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery and the American Society of Dermatologic Surgery.

She is a clinical instructor of dermatology at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center and Assistant Attending at New York Hospital/Cornell Medical Center. In addition, she holds an appointment in the Department of Plastic Surgery at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary. Dr. Grossman is a featured speaker for the American Academy of Dermatology. She has published and lectured nationally and internationally in the field of laser diagnostics and therapeutics. She is involved in the development of new applications in laser and photodynamic therapy, and she holds patents in these fields.

Suzanne L. Kilmer, MD

Dr. Suzanne Kilmer, a board certified dermatologist, is the Director of the Laser and Skin Surgery Center of Northern California. She received her M.D. degree and completed her dermatology residency at U.C. Davis Medical Center, then moved east for a one year clinical and research fellowship in laser surgery at Harvard Medical School’s Wellman Laboratories of Photomedicine. She remained at Harvard as a faculty member for two years following her fellowship, researching Q-switched laser treatment of tattoos and pigmented lesions.

In addition, she was involved in a burn debridement study using the rapidly pulsed CO2 lasers now popular for laser resurfacing. Upon returning home to Sacramento, Dr. Kilmer continued her research with Q-switched lasers at the laser center she founded. A principal investigator in the multicenter trials on UltraPulse skin resurfacing and laser hair removal, her research also involves skin cancer treatment with the CO2 UltraPulse, erbium lasers for laser resurfacing, and pulsed dye laser treatment of scars.

Chosen as one of the “Best Doctors in America” by her peers, she lectures internationally, has published numerous articles and chapters on cutaneous laser surgery, and is a frequent instructor of laser surgery to her peers. Dr. Kilmer is currently on the editorial review board for the Lasers in Surgery and Medicine, and the International Journal of Laser Surgery. She is past President of ASLMS’s, chairs the Standards of Training and Finance committees, and has served as the Dermatology/Plastic Surgery co-chair, Poster Section chair, Laser Safety Officer and on the Board of Directors. She has been featured in Newsweek and Self Magazine where she was listed as one of the top ten laser surgeons in the country. Very active in the community, she has been honored with Outstanding Community Service Awards for the gang tattoo removal project, which she founded in 1993.

Brian D. Zelickson, MD

Dr. Zelickson grew up in the Twin Cities. He graduated from the University of Colorado in 1982 and the Mayo Medical School in Rochester, Minnesota, in 1986. His post-graduate medical training included one year at the Hennepin County Medical Center and three years at the Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Medicine. In 1990, he received special training in immunoelectron microscopy under a fellowship at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Dr. Zelickson is currently a member of the faculty at the University of Minnesota Medical School’s Department of Dermatology. He is also director of that department’s Electron Microscopy Laboratory. He has been repeatedly named one of the Twin Cities “Best Doctors” by Minneapolis/St. Paul Magazine.

Although he has extensive training in all aspects of dermatology, Dr. Zelickson’s special medical interests include laser-tissue interaction and teledermatology. He is nationally recognized for his accomplishments and contributions to laser medicine and surgery. He has published more than 40 medical journal articles in the field and currently serves on the Government Liaison/Blue Ribbon Committee for the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery (ASLMS). He has also developed ASLMS course work that is used across the country to train other physicians in laser techniques.

Jeffrey S. Dover, MD, FRCPC

Jeffrey Dover, MD, is a practicing dermatologist and founding partner of SkinCare Physicians, in Chestnut Hill, MA. He is also an associate clinical professor of dermatology at Yale University School of Medicine nd Adjunct Professor of Medicine at Dartmouth Medical School. Dr. Dover previously served as Associate Professor of Dermatology at Harvard Medical School and Associate Chairman of Dermatology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

Dr. Dover, creator of Skin Effects, the skin care line available at CVS Pharmacy nationwide, has received many honors including repeated nominations for “teacher of the year” at Harvard Medical School. He is listed as one of the best cosmetic surgeons in the U.S. by Town & Country and among the top dermatologists in multiple editions of Boston Magazine, The Improper Bostonian, Who’s Who of American Medicine, Guide to Top Doctors, and The Best Doctors in America. Dr. Dover, President of the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, received the prestigious Leon Goldman Award as well as the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery’s Ellet Drake Award and was honored for his work in laser surgery by the Sturge Weber Foundation at its twentieth Annual Gala.

Dr. Dover graduated magna cum laude with an M. D. degree from the University of Ottawa. He received his dermatology training at the University of Toronto followed by research fellowships at the University of London, England, and a two-year fellowship at the Beth Israel Hospital and the Massachusetts General Hospital of Harvard Medical School. A prolific writer and leader in research, Dr. Dover is the author of over 350 publications and 35 textbooks. His latest book, The Youth Equation (Wiley), was published in January of 2009. He is the founding editor of Journal Watch Dermatology, which is produced by the publishers of the New England Journal of Medicine, and he is on the editorial board of many medical journals.

Dr. Dover is married to Dr. Tania Phillips and has two daughters, Sophie and Isabel.

Robert A. Weiss, MD

Dr. Robert A. Weiss became President of the American Society of Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS) in 2008. He completed a three year residency in dermatology at the Johns Hopkins University after graduating from Columbia University and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Additional fellowship training at the National Institutes of Health in dermatologic research followed. Board-certified, he has been a featured speaker for the American Academy of Dermatology and the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery for many years, as well as speaking to many other national and international audiences and has received numerous awards. A prolific author, Dr. Weiss is an Associate Professor of Dermatology at Johns Hopkins. He has helped to prepare the rigorous examinations used to certify physician specialists through the American Board of Dermatology. He served as Treasurer of the American Society of Dermatologic Surgery, and was President of the American College of Phlebology (formerly the North American Society of Phlebology) from 1996 to 1998. He is a member of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery. He has published extensively on many subjects, especially varicose vein treatment, sclerotherapy, lasers, and cosmetic dermatology surgery. His expertise on these topics has led to his appearances on many TV shows such as “20/20″ and “The Today Show.” One of his many textbooks is “Vein Diagnosis & Treatment: A Comprehensive Approach,” published by McGraw-Hill in 2001.

Editorial Board


Brian S. Biesman, MD

Dr. Brian Biesman received his undergraduate and medical education at the University of Michigan where he graduated with high honors. He completed his Ophthalmology residency at the Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary before taking fellowship training in Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital in New York, NY. Upon completion of his fellowship, Dr. Biesman returned to Chicago where he served as Chief Resident.

Dr. Biesman then moved to Boston where he assumed the Directorship of the Eye Plastics Service and the Center for Aesthetic Eyelid and Facial Surgery at the New England Medical Center, and was an Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at Tufts University School of Medicine. Over the next four years he earned faculty appointments in the Division of Ear, Nose and Throat Surgery at the New England Medical Center and the Divisions of Dermatology and Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the Beth Israel-Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. Dr. Biesman relocated to Nashville in 1998, and opened his own medical practice in 2002. He currently holds appointments as a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Departments of Ophthalmology, Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, and Dermatology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Dr. Biesman has spoken and taught on local, national and international levels regarding the use of surgery, lasers and other technology-based devices, Botox, and fillers for facial rejuvenation. He continues to perform cutting-edge research to develop and refine technology based cosmetic surgical treatments. He has authored numerous scientific papers and has written a textbook on the use of lasers in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery.

Dr. Biesman is the President of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery. He has served on the Executive Committee of the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and has held leadership roles in many civic organizations. He has been named one of America’s Best Doctors since 2006.

Lori Brightman, MD

Dr. Lori Brightman is a Board Certified Dermatologist. She specializes in Mohs micrographic surgery, dermatologic surgery, cosmetic dermatology, and laser surgery. After graduating cum laude from Boston College, Dr. Brightman received her masters in medical science and medical degree from Boston University Medical School where she was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha, the national medical honors society. She was also the recipient of the Bertha Curtis Humanitarian Award. Dr. Brightman completed her residency training at Boston University/Tufts New England Medical Center combined program. Dr. Brightman continued her training in Skin Oncology at Boston University as well as Mohs micrographic surgery and procedural dermatology at the Laser & Skin Surgery Center of New York.

Dr. Brightman regularly lectures nationally and publishes widely about advances in cutaneous oncology, laser surgery and cosmetic dermatology. Her current research involves the use of laser and light devices in the treatment of medical and cosmetic conditions. Her service to the community includes lectures and skin cancer screenings for many community based programs as well as major corporations. Dr. Brightman is a member of the American Academy of Dermatology, American Society for Lasers in Medicine & Surgery, American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, and the American Medical Association.

Anthony J. Durkin, PhD

Anthony J. Durkin is an Assistant Professor at the Beckman Laser Institute (BLI) at the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Durkin’s research is focused on the development and application of optical techniques to interrogate living tissue in-vivo. Dr. Durkin is co-Director of the Wide-field Functional Imaging (WiFI) core within the Laser Microbeam and Medical Program (LAMMP) at the BLI with a commitment to developing and characterizing spatially modulated imaging. He is a member of the BLI Technology Transfer and Incubator committee and chair of the IT committee.

Prior to his arrival at the Beckman Laser Institute, Dr. Durkin was the Director of Bioscience at Candela Corporation from Jan. 1998 until Jan. 2001, where he worked on development of diagnostic and therapeutic applications of optical technologies to tissue. From 1995 through 1998, he conducted research in the Electro-optics branch, Center for Devices and Radiological Health, Food and Drug Administration. Dr. Durkin holds a PhD in Biomedical Engineering that was awarded in spring of 1995 from the University of Texas at Austin with emphasis on biomedical optics.

He has 10 issued patents and 9 patent applications in process. In addition to serving on the editorial boards of Applied Optics (Optical Society of America) and Journal of Biomedical Optics (SPIE), Anthony served as the Chair of the Division of Optics in Biology and Medicine for the Optical Society of America from 2003-2005.

A. Jay Burns, MD

Dr. A. Jay Burns served as president of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery, April 2006-2007. The Society has over 3,000 members representing more than 45 specialties and is a valuable resource for laser research, safety, education, and clinical knowledge.

Dr. Burns, who was born in Garland, Texas in 1955 studied for his Baccalaureate at Baylor University in Waco and graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1977. He was voted “Outstanding Senior Man” in 1977 and “Outstanding Young Alumnus” in 1994. He received his Doctor of Medicine Degree at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas and served his Internship for General Surgery at the University of Utah School of Medicine in Salt Lake City, Utah, from 1981 – 1982 under Frank Moody, M.D.

He served his residency in General Surgery at the University of Utah School of Medicine in Salt Lake City, Utah, from 1982 – 1986 under William Gay, Jr., M.D. He served his residency in Plastic Surgery from 1986 – 1988 at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, TX. under Fritz Barton, Jr., M.D.

Dr. Burns is Board Certified by the American Board of Surgery (expired) and the American Board of Plastic Surgeons, Inc. and has a teaching appointment at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center where he has served as an assistant professor since July of 1988. He also received a Fellowship (Vascular Anomalies) from July 1988 – October 1988 at Boston Children’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts under John B. Mulliken, M.D.

Jerome Garden, MD

Jerome M. Garden, M.D., has devoted his medical career to the treatment of patients with lasers. Since receiving his medical degree, and dermatology training at Northwestern University Medical School, he has been constantly involved in laser therapy, research and patient care. He is currently a Professor of Clinical Dermatology at Northwestern University Medical School, and Director of the Physicians Laser and Dermatology Institute of Chicago. He is the author of numerous articles and chapters in the field of lasers in dermatology. He is also a frequent lecturer on these topics at national and international medical meetings. For many years he has been involved in the training of physicians in laser therapy. His areas of research and study include laser hair removal, tattoo removal, skin rejuvenation and pigment and vascular lesion therapy.

Dr. Garden has been privileged to be placed multiple times on such lists as: “The Best Doctors in America”, “Top Doctors in America” and “The Best Doctors in Chicago”. He has also been featured in national magazines, in addition to serving as President of the American Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery.

Ronald Moy, MD

Dr. Moy was appointed to the California Division of Medical Quality by Governor Gray Davis in 2000. He is a practicing physician in private practice in Los Angeles. He serves as editor-in-chief of Dermatologic Surgery. He worked as co-chief and assistant professor at the University of California, Los Angeles School of Medicine’s Division of Dermatology. He has been on the Board of Directors of national organizations including the American College of Mohs Micrographic Surgery and Cutaneous Oncology, the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, and the Association of Academic Dermatologic Surgeons. He is a member and past President of the Los Angeles County Medical Association. Dr. Moy has published hundreds of scientific articles, given hundreds of scientific lectures, and has written several books on the topic of cutaneous and cosmetic surgery.

Dr. Moy earned his medical degree from the Albany Medical College of Union University in 1981.

Omar A. Ibrahimi, MD

Dr. Omar Ibrahimi completed his dermatology residency training at Harvard Medical School and a Mohs/Reconstructive and Laser surgery fellowship at the University of California Davis and the Laser and Skin Surgery Center of Northern California. His clinical interest include skin cancer prevention and treatment, and advanced laser and cosmetic procedures. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Dermatology and Mohs Surgery and Director of Cutaneous Laser and Cosmetic Surgery at the University of Connecticut Health Center, and also has a research faculty appointment at the Wellman Center for Photomedicine at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School. Dr. Ibrahimi is involved in a number of cutting edge research studies and has published over forty peer-reviewed papers, and is one of the most highly cited dermatologic surgeons. He has been an invited speaker at the annual meetings of the American College of Mohs Surgery, the American Society for Lasers in Surgery and Medicine and the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery.

Leadership


Jasson Gilmore, Co-Founder/CEO

Having guided the Company from its founding to profitability, Jasson oversees our operations and finance as well as strategic business development and planning.

In addition to his Patient’s Guide responsibilities, Jasson has consulted and lectured to numerous aesthetic product and device companies on their internet marketing strategies, both public and private. Jasson has spent his entire career in the technology start-up and internet marketing field and graduated Magna Cum Laude from University of California, Irvine.

Grant Aldrich, Co-Founder/COO

Since its founding, Grant has been responsible for the company’s strategic vision, organic growth, and commercial innovation. As COO, he has engineered the marketing strategy and development of The Patient’s Guide Network, lead the company to profitability, and developed the operational infrastructure that connects PG’s team members internationally.

Grant oversees the company’s product development, marketing, strategic planning, and has helped build The Patient’s Guide into the most trusted online destination in aesthetics. He invented 2 patents that lead to the creation of BookingRateâ„¢, the appointment tracking system that has revolutionized the way medical practices measure their performance and improve their results.

Eric F. Bernstein, MD, Co-Founder/Chairman, Advisory Board

Eric Bernstein, MD, is a distinguished practitioner, researcher and innovator in the fields of dermatology and laser surgery. He received his BS from Duke University and MD from the Yale University School of Medicine. Following fellowships with the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health and Hahnemann University, he joined Jefferson Medical College, where he directed a photobiology laboratory and served as the first director of the Laser Surgery Center.

Dr. Bernstein holds numerous U.S. and international patents, has authored over 50 peer-reviewed articles, and has given more than 250 presentations at scientific meetings. A board member of leading laser manufacturers, he also consults with numerous cosmetic and biotechnology firms. He currently serves as Clinical Associate Professor of Dermatology at the University of Pennsylvania.