Ask Dr. Nelson

Dr. NelsonDr. J. Stuart Nelson is Associate Director of the Beckman Laser Institute and Medical Clinic, and Professor of Surgery, Dermatology and Biomedical Engineering, University of California-Irvine.

The principal goal of Dr. Nelson’s research has been to address the problems associated with light propagation and dosimetry in human skin with the end goal of improved clinical efficacy. Dr. Nelson developed a novel and efficient method of cooling (“Dynamic” or cryogen spray cooling) human skin in conjunction with laser dermatologic surgery. Clinical studies have demonstrated the safety and efficacy of this approach during laser treatment of pediatric port wine stain birthmarks and other hypervascular skin lesions, removal of unwanted human hair, wrinkle reduction, scar improvement and management of acne.

Worldwide, this methodology developed by Dr. Nelson has now been incorporated into several thousand laser devices. Dr. Nelson has published more than 270 scientific articles and 13 book chapters. Dr. Nelson served as President of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery (ASLMS) 2001-2002 and was the Program Chairman of the Joint International Laser Conference (co-sponsored by the ASLMS, British Medical Laser Association and European Laser Association) held in Edinburgh, Scotland in September 2003. He was the Program Chairman for last year’s Annual ASLMS meeting. He assumed the position of Editor-in-Chief of the ASLMS journal Lasers in Surgery and Medicine in April 2005.

Dr. Nelson was born and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia, and has dual citizenship in the United States and Canada.


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The Sturge-Weber Syndrome Community, a branch of the Vascular Birthmarks Foundation, provides support and services freely and upon a volunteer basis for individuals and families living with SWS and vascular birthmarks, while sponsoring research and promoting physician education and awareness, as well as education of the public at large.