Cutaneous Laser Course


Written and Narrated by Dr. Thomas Rohrer, Clinical Associate Professor of Dermatology at Boston University School of Medicine.

Dr. Rohrer is one of the nations leading experts in both cosmetic and surgical dermatology. As a recognized innovator in the field, he lectures nationally and internationally; instructing other dermatologists and plastic surgeons on a wide variety of procedures and techniques. Dr. Rohrer was recently selected to give the keynote speech at the largest annual meeting of dermatologists in the world. Dr. Rohrer has published extensively in a wide variety of dermatologic and cosmetic surgery journals and is an editor of four textbooks on surgical and cosmetic dermatology. Dr. Rohrer has appeared multiple times on NBC, ABC, CBS, FOX, and CNN news as an expert on lasers, cosmetic procedures, botulinum toxin injection, fillers, skin cancer, and other related subjects. He has also been quoted in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe , Boston Herald, Boston Magazine, Redbook, Good Housekeeping, Allure, and Cosmopolitan.

Dr. Rohrer was elected to the board of directors of both the prestigious American College of Mohs Micrographic Surgery and Cutaneous Oncology as well as the Association of Academic Dermatologic Surgeons. He participates on numerous committees for several of the national dermatologic societies and plays an active role in shaping the future of the specialty. He is board certified by the American Board of Dermatology and a member of the Association of Academic Dermatologic Surgeons, American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, American College of Mohs Micrographic Surgery and Cutaneous Oncology, and the American Society for Lasers in Medicine and Surgery.

Dr. Rohrer is a magna cum laude graduate of Georgetown University and the Georgetown University School of Medicine. He was the recipient of the Michael J. Caruso Award, given to the medical graduate who best exemplified humanitarian care to their patients. Dr. Rohrer completed his internship in internal medicine at Yale University Hospital and a residency in dermatology at the combined Boston University-Tufts University program. He completed a Mohs and Dermatologic Surgery fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Rohrer has been selected as one of The Best Doctors in America and listed in the Who’s Who of American Medicine.

Dr. Rohrer has played an active role in the training of young dermatologic surgeons here in Boston and around the globe. Dr. Rohrer directs one of only a couple dozen approved fellowships around the country in Mohs micrographic surgery. In conjunction with Drs. Arndt, Dover, and Kaminer, he also helps select and train two other physicians in cosmetic and laser surgery. Dr. Rohrer has served as the Chief of Dermatologic Surgery at Boston University Medical Center and the Boston Veterans Administration Hospital, and the Director of the Boston University Center for Cosmetic and Laser Surgery.

Course Description:

This course has been designed as a guide to modern cutaneous lasers. The course starts with an overview of the basic physics behind modern lasers, and then progresses on to discuss a wide variety of laser systems. The course covers vascular lasers, hair removal lasers, pigmented lesion lasers, ablative and non-ablative resurfacing lasers and acne. There is also a section on laser safety. Practical tips and guidelines for the use of a variety of cutaneous lasers are discussed. This course has been designed for both advanced and novice laser users. Participants must review the slide program that follows below and answer the accompanying questions to earn continuing medical education credit.


Cutaneous Laser Course

Faculty:           Thomas E. Rohrer, M.D., Course Director
Clinical Associate Professor of Dermatology

                        Boston University School of Medicine

                        Faculty member is on the Speakers Bureau for Candela Corporation, Radiancy Inc., and Lumenis.
Faculty member does not discuss off-label/investigational uses of a commercial product in this program.

Jeffrey T. S. Hsu, M.D.
Director, Vein Treatment Center
SkinCare Physicians
Adjunct Associate Professor in Medicine (Dermatology)
Dartmouth Medical School

                        Faculty member has nothing to disclose with regard to commercial support.



Boston University School of Medicine asks all individuals involved in the development and presentation of Continuing Medical Education (CME) activities to disclose all relationships with commercial interests. This information is disclosed to CME activity participants. Boston University School of Medicine has procedures to resolve apparent conflicts of interest. In addition, faculty members are asked to disclose when any discussion of unapproved use of pharmaceuticals and devices occurs. 


Release Date:
September 1, 2002

Review Date:
March 31, 2007

Termination Date:
Course content and test valid until November 30, 2009.

Estimated Time to Complete: 3.5 hours

Course content (and audit fee): Free
Test and evaluation: No charge for 3.5 hours of AMA PRA category 1 credit.

Target Audience:
Dermatologists and Plastic Surgeons

Educational Needs Addressed:
There is an increasing need for on-line educational material on cutaneous laser systems. The cutaneous laser industry changes so rapidly, it is difficult to keep up with via standard text book type information. By the time many things reach print, they are already outdated. This module brings the practicing dermatologist and plastic surgeon current information about the use of cutaneous lasers.

Goals and Objectives:
At the conclusion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the basic physics behind modern cutaneous laser systems.
  2. List the safety aspects and concerns of cutaneous laser systems.
  3. Discuss a wide variety of cutaneous laser treatments including hair removal lasers, vascular lasers, pigmented lesion lasers, as well as ablative and non ablative resurfacing lasers.



Boston University School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Boston University School of Medicine designates this educational activity for a maximum of 3.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Individuals who have successfully completed older versions of this course may review the new information contained in Sections VI and VII and complete and submit the post test for those sections, in order to earn an additional 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

In order to successfully complete this activity, you are required to read the each module and complete and submit the completed test answer sheet by May 8, 2009. CME credit will be awarded provided a score of 70% or better is achieved. A certificate of credit will be sent within six weeks of receipt of the test answers to those who successfully complete the examination.

Grant Support

This program is supported by an unrestricted educational grant from Candela Corporation.

Course Content

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