Leon Goldman

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Leon Goldman (1906–1997) was an American surgeon and a pioneer in laser medicine.[1][2][3] His research areas included the application of lasers in dermatology,[2][3] cancer photodynamic therapy (PDT)[4] and the use of organic dyes in PDT.[5]

In his honor, The American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery (ASLMS) gives the yearly recognition named Leon Goldman Memorial Award. The Academy of Laser Dentistry also gives an award in recognition of Dr. Goldman. It is called, "The Leon Goldman Award" for Clinical Excellence.

Note: Leon Goldman, laser pioneer, is sometimes confused for the father of the senior United States Senator from California Dianne Feinstein. Senator Feinstein's father Leon Goldman (1904-1975) was a surgeon at San Francisco General Hospital, serving as chairman of the Department of Surgery from 1956-1963. [6]


  1. ^ L. Goldman and R. J. Rockwell, Lasers in Medicine (Gordand and Breach, New York, 1971)
  2. ^ a b L. Goldman, Surgery by laser of malignant melanoma, J. Dermat. Surg. Onc. 5, 141-144 (1979).
  3. ^ a b L. Goldman, A. Taylor, T. Putman, New development with the heavy metal vapor lasers for the dermatologist, J. Dermat. Surg. Onc.13, 163-165 (1987).
  4. ^ L. Goldman, Laser Non-Surgical Medicine (Technomic, Lancaster, 1991).
  5. ^ Goldman L (1990). "Dye Lasers in Medicine". In Duarte FJ; Hillman LM. Dye Laser Principles. Boston: Academic Press. pp. 419–32. ISBN 0-12-222700-X. 
  6. ^ University of California: In Memoriam, May 1977. http://texts.cdlib.org/view?docId=hb1199n68c&doc.view=frames&chunk.id=div00044&toc.depth=1&toc.id=

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