Kumar Patel Prize in Laser Surgery 2019 Winners

Bothell, WA, March 1, 2019 – ​​​​The American Laser Study Club (ALSC) awards 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

The award ceremony will take place on Sunday, March 31, 2019, at the American Laser Study Club 2nd Annual Symposium in Phoenix, AZ, USA.

About the American Laser Study Club’s Kumar Patel Laser Surgery Prize

In 2018 the American Laser Study Club established the Kumar Patel Prize in Laser Surgery, which is to be awarded annually, at the ALSC Annual Symposium, based on the merits of the recipient’s contribution to the science and/or the practice of laser surgery. The ALSC has awarded the 2018 Kumar Patel Prize to Dr. Patel himself for his invention of the CO2 laser in 1964. 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. 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.” 

The American Laser Study Club (ALSC) was founded in 2017 to fill the void in the current laser dentistry and laser surgery education system, namely to elucidate the science behind laser-tissue interaction. The Mission and Vision of the ALSC is to promote Science-Based Laser Surgery, Dentistry and Safety Education. The ALSC helps Physicians, Dentists, Veterinarians, and Practice Staff Members to excel at efficient and safe application of laser energy in everyday practice. Learn more at americanlaserstudyclub.org.

About Dr. Robert A. Strauss, DDS, MD

Robert A. Strauss, DDS, MD, FACS, Professor and Director of the Residency Training Program in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center, and Past President of the American College of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. Dr. Strauss is Board Certified by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and is a former Chair of the Major Surgery Section of the Board. Over the last 30 years he has authored numerous publications and textbook chapters on the use of lasers in oral and maxillofacial surgery.

Dr. Strauss received his dental degree from the University of Buffalo and his medical degree from the University of Health Sciences Antigua School of Medicine. He completed his internship at the Buffalo General Hospital and residencies in both Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and in Anesthesiology at the Michael Reese Medical Center in Chicago.

Dr. Strauss specializes in laser surgery of the head and neck, facial and jaw reconstructive surgery, cosmetic facial surgery, and sleep apnea surgery. His research interests include laser and cosmetic surgery, sleep apnea, anesthesia and orthognathic and reconstructive surgery.

To learn more about Dr. Strauss visit oralmaxillofacialsurgery.vcu.edu.

About Dr. John C. Godbold, DVM

Dr. Godbold graduated with honors from Auburn University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1978.  In 1980, he established Stonehaven Park Veterinary Hospital in Jackson, Tennessee where he practiced full time as a solo small animal practitioner for 33 years.  Dr. Godbold currently works full time with Stonehaven Veterinary Consulting, teaching and assisting colleagues and working in the development of new technologies.

Since 1999, Dr. Godbold has pursued a special interest in the use of light-based modalities in small animal practice.  He has extensive experience with surgical and therapeutic lasers, has developed new surgical and therapeutic techniques, and assists equipment manufacturers with the development of new laser and light-based technologies.

In 2016 Dr. Godbold expanded his interest to include digital thermal imaging and has worked in depth in the development and delivery of educational content about thermal imaging and its application in veterinary practice.

Dr. Godbold has published numerous papers, articles, and chapters about the use of lasers in small animal practice.  His publications have appeared in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Clinician’s Brief, Laserpoints, The Feline Patient, Laser Surgery in Veterinary Medicine, The Integrative Veterinary Care Journal, and the Newsletter of the Veterinary Surgical Laser Society.

Dr. Godbold published the internationally distributed Atlas of CO2 Laser Surgery Procedures in 2002, with a new edition each year since.  In 2009, Dr. Godbold published the Atlas of Class IV Laser Therapy – Small Animal, also updated with a new edition each year.

He is a co-editor and a chapter contributor of the textbook Laser Therapy in Veterinary Medicine – Photobiomodulation, 2017, Wiley.

Dr. Godbold is a member of the Medical Advisory Board of the American Institute of Medical Laser Applications, the Companion Animal Health Veterinary Advisory Board, the Digatherm Veterinary Medical Advisory Board, and the American Academy of Thermology.

In high demand as a continuing education speaker, Dr. Godbold has led over 600 laser workshops, wet-labs, and continuing education meetings throughout North America and in over 25 countries around the world.​

See Dr. Godbold’s Curriculum Vitae

About Dr. Warren B. Seiler, MD

Dr. Seiler is a board-certified cosmetic laser surgeon, the owner and Medical Director at Seiler Skin and the founder of the Seiler Skin Aesthetic Institute. He obtained his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Notre Dame, where he graduated with honors. He graduated medical school from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. After training in general surgery at Carraway Methodist Medical Center in Birmingham, Ala., Dr. Seiler, completed extensive further cosmetic specialty training, which extends well beyond any traditional residency or fellowship program. This includes in-depth training on the use lasers and injectables, as well as Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) in cosmetic medicine under Dr. Charles Runels, the inventor of the Vampire® procedures. He is also a fellow of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery.

Dr. Seiler completed his specialty board certification through the American Board of Laser Surgery (ABLS). After gaining national recognition as a prodigious provider in laser medicine and surgery, Dr. Seiler was appointed as the Executive Director of the ABLS. He subsequently went on to co-author multiple editions, including the current, of the ABLS examination text book and certification exams (written and oral). Most recently, Dr. Seiler co-authored the sixth chapter, Anesthesia in Laser Practice, in the “Textbook of Lasers in Dermatology.”

As Executive Director, he currently serves as a trusted advisor and educator to the ABLS members and non-members who seek expert training and higher education opportunities in the field. Dr. Seiler also works with state medical boards, health departments and laser safety societies in the U.S. and abroad to help create stronger safety and training regulations that govern practitioners who provide these procedures.

Dr. Seiler has trained and examined practitioners in 11 countries in laser, injection and aesthetic procedures. In 2008, Dr. Seiler founded the Seiler Skin Aesthetic Institute (SSAI), a premier provider of online and hands-on injection, laser and Vampire®– certified PRP training courses for physician and non-physician cosmetic practitioners. Dr. Seiler’s flagship online course is a comprehensive, CME-certified neurotoxin and filler injection training that empowers practitioners of all experience levels with increased confidence and proficiency to enhance their craft and produce superior patient results. Dr. Seiler also has trained practitioners for Allergan—the maker of Botox, Juvederm, SkinMedica, Kybella and Latisse—and is one of the few expert hands-on trainers for the popular Vampire® procedures.

For nearly a decade, Dr. Seiler has served in the capacity of expert witness for both plaintiff and defense attorneys in dozens of civil and medical-malpractice lawsuits concerning laser, injection and cosmetic procedures.

To learn more about Dr. Seiler visit seilerskinandcosmeticlaser.com.