Robert A. Strauss, DDS, MD, Becomes an Honorary Member of the American Laser Study Club
Robert A. Strauss, DDS, MD, FACS has become an Honorary Member of the American Laser Study Club (ALSC). Dr. Strauss was a keynote speaker and received the prestigious Kumar Patel Prize in Laser Surgery at the ALSC’s second annual Symposium March 29-31, 2019, in Phoenix, AZ. At the Symposium, Dr. Strauss presented the key-note lecture “Laser physics for poets: how the good practitioner uses basic principles for the best clinical laser results.”
Dr. Strauss is 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 UHSA 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.
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 the practice of laser surgery.
About the American Laser Study Club
The ALSC was created to fill the void in 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 Physicians, Dentists, Veterinarians, and Practice Staff Members excel at 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.