Chavantes M. Cristina

Cristina Chavantes, M.D., Ph.D. is a clinical researcher professor, and author of over a hundred publications in different medical fields. Recently, she was elected as the Board Director of the American Society for Laser in Medicine and Surgery, and as President of the Brazilian Academy Society for Laser and Biophotonic in Medicine.

Dr. Chavantes earned her medical degree from Brasilia University (1973-78) and completed her pulmonary residency at the General Hospital of the Forced Army (1979-81) in Brasilia, Brazil. Afterward, she initiated her Post-Graduate studies at the Institute of Cancer Research in the School of Medicine at Chiba University, Japan (1982-83) and, subsequently pursued her Doctorate degree at the Freie Universitataet Berlin, Germany (1984-86).  She did her post-Doc. in Michigan and later stayed as a visiting professor in the Neurosurgery Department at the Henry Ford Hospital (1986-89). At the beginning of the 1990’s, Dr Chavantes returned to São Paulo, Brazil, and established the Medical Laser Center of the Heart Institute (INCOR), at the Medical School in the University of Sao Paulo (FMUSP). She worked as the Laser Department Director at INCOR for over two decades. As part of her academic career in Sao Paulo, she was appointed as a professor of Laser’s Bio-Medicine in the first School of Medicine in the country (FMUSP). At the same time, she was assigned the role of a professor of the Thoracic-Cardiovascular Department at INCOR/FMUSP. In that capacity, she was responsible for developing and implementing two post-graduate courses, applying Lasers in the field of Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering, in different states of Brazil. She ground 3 postgraduate courses in the Biophotonics field. Presently, she is a senior professor of Medicine for Under-Graduate and Postgraduate discents, and in Biophotonics Applied to Health Science at the Universidade Nove de Julho, Sao Paulo.

Dr. Chavantes is the author of over a hundred publications in the scientific field for medical journals and a contributor to several book chapters applying Lasers for diagnosis and treatment in several medical specialties. She is a frequent lecturer at scientific and lay conferences about the application of Lasers in surgery and other therapies in the medical area. Dr. Chavantes has received several national honors and awards for her research, teaching, and mentorship of young physicians and healthcare researchers in different fields.

In conclusion, Dr. Chavantes has been keen on developing new Laser techniques and interested in promoting, developing, and securing effective and less-invasive Laser technology applied to Medicine for the past 40 years.

Title: State of the Art and Technological Challenges for Translational Medicine : Minimally Invasive Energy-Based Devices.

The studies conducted by our group are focused on several illnesses and disorders among different medical specialties and, in complex cases, applying Laser Therapy (LT) as the last resort to improve patients’ conditions.

Surgical Laser (SL) has been employed with effective results for over 5 decades to assist in neurosurgery, gynecology, pulmo-cardiovascular, especially in major surgical procedures. Photobiomodulation Therapy (PBMT) is a residual effect of SL, which can lead to anti-inflammatory/antiedematous effects, stimulate angiogenesis, and analgesic response, then improves healing processes.

Major surgeries still pose a challenge to both patients and physicians. The PBMT, also known as Low-Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) or simply Laser Therapy, can aid in the reduction of postoperative morbidity in major surgeries, such as sternotomy, laminectomy, orthopedic, gynecology, and gastrointestinal procedures (i.e. bariatric surgery).