David Duclos, DVM, DACVD, Becomes an Honorary Member of the American Laser Study Club

David Duclos, DVM, DACVD, has been awarded an Honorary Membership at the American Laser Study Club (ALSC). Dr. Duclos was a recipient of the 2020 Kumar Patel Prize in Laser Surgery for his outstanding contributions to veterinary dermatological laser surgery education and for the development of the CO2 laser surgical treatment of canine pododermatitis. He received this prestigious award at the ALSC’s third annual Symposium on February 29, 2020, in Delray Beach, FL.

Dr. Duclos received his Bachelor of Science degree in biology and chemistry from St. Martin’s College, in Lacey, Washington, and received his professional training at the School of Veterinary Medicine, WSU, and his degree in Veterinary Medicine (Cum Laude) from Washington State University, in Pullman, Washington. After graduation, he was engaged in private clinical practice in Forks, Washington, before going to the University of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia, for his dermatology residency. After residency, he attained board-certification status, and in 1991, moved back to the Northwest to become the owner of the Animal Skin and Allergy Clinic, near Mill Creek, Washington.

In addition to his duties as a specialist in the dermatology practice, Dr. Duclos contributed to the advancement of the specialty of veterinary dermatology by writing many articles, book chapters, and scientific papers on various subjects in the specialty of veterinary dermatology. He also gives continuing education lectures to veterinarians and their staff in the local Pacific Northwest region, as well as in other areas of the United States, Canada, and Europe. Dr. Duclos is well known in the veterinary dermatology specialty for his expertise in CO2 laser surgery and for his interest in clinical photography. Many veterinary dermatologists use his photographs in their lectures and publications.

Dr. Duclos is also known for his discovery of interdigital follicular cysts as one of the causes of pododermatitis in dogs. He developed a special procedure using the CO2 laser, which can cure the cause of this condition in affected dogs. He has published several papers and given many veterinarians hands-on training in surgical laser techniques used in the treatment of canine pododermatitis.

About the Kumar Patel Prize in Laser Surgery

The Kumar Patel Prize in Laser Surgery was named after C. Kumar N. Patel, PhD, MSc, the inventor of the carbon dioxide laser, which has become the most popular soft tissue surgical laser across all specialties of human and veterinary medicine. The Kumar Patel Prize is awarded based on the merits of the recipient’s contribution to the science, education, and practice of laser surgery.

About the American Laser Study Club

The ALSC was created to fill the void in the current laser dentistry and laser surgery education (i.e., the physics of laser-tissue interaction, such as absorption, scattering, ablation, coagulation and hemostasis, soft and hard tissue ablation, laser safety, etc.) and help veterinarians, physicians, dentists, and practice staff Members to excel at the efficient and safe application of laser energy in everyday practice. ALSC has designed its curriculum based on the peer-reviewed physics reviews on the foundations of laser-tissue interaction and laser surgery, the detailed physics of soft tissue ablation and coagulation with a laser beam and hot tip (non-laser) devices.