Celebrating Dr. Kumar Patel’s invention of the CO2 laser and its medical uses

This video is a celebration of C. Kumar N. Patel, PhD, MSc, and his invention of the carbon dioxide (CO2) laser. The American Laser Study Club (ALSC) is congratulating Dr. Patel on the 57th anniversary of his invention of the CO2 laser on December 16, 1964, and the CO2 laser application that Dr. Patel is most proud of, the pediatric laser tongue-tie release (frenectomy).

We are honored to have Dr. Patel as an honorary member of the ALSC and for his upcoming appearance at the ALSC Breathe and Thrive Symposium held February 11-13, 2022, in Las Vegas, NV. Learn more at breatheandthrive.org

Since its inception, the CO2 laser has been used for a wide array of applications, from medical to industrial, to the military. In 1996, Dr. Patel was awarded the National Medal of Science by President Bill Clinton “for his fundamental contributions to quantum electronics and invention of the carbon dioxide laser, which have had significant impact on industrial, scientific, medical, and defense applications.”

About Dr. Kumar Patel

Dr. Patel 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 57 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 recent years is frenectomy that helps alleviate breastfeeding difficulties in newborns. Learn more about Dr. Patel on Wikipedia.

About the American Laser Study Club

The ALSC was founded in 2017 in order to promote science-based laser dentistry, surgery, and safety education and to help Physicians, Dentists, Veterinarians, and Practice Staff Members to excel at the efficient and safe application of laser energy in everyday practice. The ALSC is proud of its distinguished membership and its curriculum, which is designed around the peer-reviewed physics reviews on the foundations of laser-tissue interaction and laser surgery. Learn more at americanlaserstudyclub.org.