Therapeutic Laser Applications (BA)

Therapeutic Laser Applications

AudienceThis group focuses on the use of lasers in surgery or in other treatments of disease. This includes the use of lasers as surgical tools for tissue cutting, welding, and coagulation, as well as the use of optics to initiate cell-damaging photochemical reactions for the treatment of diseases such as cancer. In addition, optics, spectroscopy, and imaging provide unique tools that may allow real-time diagnostics of the efficacy of clinical procedures. For many of these applications, the development of optical tools for appropriate light delivery, especially for fiber-based or endoscopic delivery to tissues that are not directly accessible, is critical. In addition, this group emphasizes basic science studies of the mechanisms by which light can affect tissue in adverse or therapeutic ways.

Upcoming Activities

As part of the OSA Biophotonics Congress: Biomedical Optics, the Therapeutic Laser Applications Technical Group will be supporting an award for Best Poster Presentation. In partnership with several other technical groups, the award will recognize a student and a recent graduate for the work they present at the conference in the field of biomedical optics. More information on the award can be found at

On-Demand Therapeutic Laser Applications Webinars

You can watch any of the following webinar presentations, which were hosted by the OSA Therapeutic Laser Applications Technical Group, on-demand.

Elina A Vitol  Chair
David R Busch UT Southwestern Medical Center at DallasAdvisor
Felix Fanjul-Velez University of CantabriaMember
Yannis Mantas Paulus University of MichiganMember

If you are a member of the Therapeutic Laser Applications Technical Group and have ideas for activities and initiatives to help engage this community, please share them with the chair, Elina Vitol.


View OSA Technical Group webinars on-demand at any time or register for any of our upcoming webinars online. Each webinar is an hour long and features a technical presentation on a topic selected by your OSA Technical Groups.

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