2020 Kumar Patel Prize Recipients
The American Laser Study Club (ALSC) awards the 2020 Kumar Patel Prize in Laser Surgery to the following highly accomplished and respected laser surgery educators:
- Martin Kaplan, DMD, for his outstanding contribution to pediatric dental laser surgery education;
- David Duclos, DVM, DACVD, for his outstanding contributions to veterinary dermatological laser surgery education, and for the development of the CO2 laser surgical treatment of canine pododermatitis.
2019 Kumar Patel Prize Recipients
The 2019 Kumar Patel Prize in Laser Surgery to the following highly accomplished and respected life-long laser surgery educators:
- Dr. Robert A. Strauss, DDS, MD, for his outstanding contribution to oral and maxillofacial laser surgery education
- Dr. John C. Godbold, DVM, for his outstanding contributions to veterinary laser surgery education
- Dr. Warren B. Seiler, MD, for his outstanding contributions to cosmetic laser surgery education
2018 Kumar Patel Prize Recipient
C. Kumar N. Patel, PhD, MSc
The co-chairs of the ALSC Inaugural Symposium have awarded the 2018 Kumar Patel Prize to Dr. Patel himself for his invention of the CO2 laser in 1964. The award ceremony took place on Sunday, April 8, 2018, at the American Laser Study Club Inaugural Symposium in Orlando, Florida, where on day one of the Symposium, Dr. Patel delivered a keynote address entitled “The Discovery and Science of the CO2 Laser.”
Watch Dr. Patel's Acceptance Speech
About Dr. Patel
C. Kumar N. Patel, PhD, MSc, is the inventor of the CO2 laser, which has become the most popular soft tissue surgical laser across all specialties of human and veterinary medicine. The CO2 laser’s ability to precisely vaporize one cell layer at a time, due to its excellent absorption by histological water, and its unique ability to delicately coagulate blood capillaries are just some of the features that make the CO2 laser the gold standard of surgical lasers. Thanks to over 50 years of technological advances in optics and electronics, the CO2 laser energy is now relatively easy to produce and ergonomically deliver to the surgical site in a variety of accurately controlled beam shapes and pulse formats. Among the many notable CO2 laser applications in the recent years is frenectomy that helps alleviate breastfeeding difficulties in newborns.