Stuart Nelson, MD, PhD
Dr. Richard Fitzpatrick Award Recipient
J. Stuart Nelson, M.D., Ph.D., is Medical Director of the Beckman Laser Institute and Medical Clinic, and Distinguished Professor of Surgery, Dermatology and Biomedical Engineering, at the University of California Irvine. Dr. Nelson specializes in the diagnosis, clinical management and treatment of infants, young children and adults with port wine stains, hemangiomas and other vascular malformations. Dr. Nelson's university-based clinical practice and research combines his expertise in engineering, optics, medicine and surgery. He is the Director of the Vascular Birthmarks and Malformations Diagnostic and Treatment Center at the University of California Irvine Medical Center.
Dr. Nelson served as President of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery (ASLMS) 2001-2002 and was Editor-in-Chief of the ASLMS journal Lasers in Surgery and Medicine 2005-2015. Dr. Nelson has published more than 350 scientific articles and 16 book chapters. He has been awarded 15 patents for developing biomedical devices from the Patent and Trademark Office, United States Department of Commerce including the "Dynamic Cooling Device" which in conjunction with pulsed dye laser technology has become the treatment of choice for the treatment of port wine stain birthmarks, hemangiomas and other vascular malformations.