Who was the first person to use laser therapy?

His name is Dr. Fred Kahn. He graduated from medical school at the University of Toronto.

He became a general surgeon and ultimately chief surgeon at a huge mining operation in northern Ontario. He went to Massachusetts General Hospital to study vascular surgery, then to Texas to study at Baylor with one of the finest surgeons in the world, Denton Cooley, who performed one of the first heart transplants. In California he practised vascular and general surgery, operating on abdominal aneurysms, doing bypass procedures and clearing clogged carotid arteries. He was a consulting surgeon to the U.S. military. As lead physician he went on to establish a 250-bed hospital, becoming chief of staff and then chair of the department of surgery.

What happened to him, why did he change his carrier?

In 1986, Dr. Kahn, an avid skier, had damaged his shoulder and it became a chronic problem. He had skied the great mountains, and got a serious rotator cuff injury. For 2 years it had been difficult for him to do any physical activity. Steroid injections didn’t help. Traditional medical options all pointed to the necessity of surgical intervention. Dr. Kahn, however, determined surgery would add an additional trauma and inhibit the healing process. This led him to focus his interest and energy on the healing potential of Low Level Laser Therapy. Starting in 1988, he pioneered the development and clinical application of laser therapy systems, which continues to this day.

Dr. Kahn founded Meditech International in 1989 and has an active role as President and CEO of the company. Meditech International is a company dedicated to utilizing low intensity laser therapy to resolve many standard, complex and challenging diseases.[3] As a result of this therapeutic process, many pathologies are effectively resolved, eliminating pain and other symptoms. The company has developed a series of laser therapy systems as a clinically proven, non-invasive and safe alternative to many traditional therapies. Moreover, the technology consistently produces optimal patient outcomes.

Products are designed for both healthcare professionals and patients at home or while travelling. In addition, Meditech International operates two clinics in the Greater Toronto Area to treat patients with an extensive number of clinical problems on a daily basis. The company sells its professional devices to many practitioners, including chiropractors, physicians, physiotherapists, naturopaths, osteopaths, RMTs, dentists and veterinarians. Personal systems are sold to a growing number of patients who are unable to obtain professional care on a regular basis.

Dr. Kahn leads a team consisting of basic researchers, clinicians, and a variety of engineering disciplines to design and manufacture devices and develop both standard and customized protocols to treat musculoskeletal disorders, including arthritis, sports injuries, spinal problems, trauma, wounds, vascular problems, etc.

He has worked with clinicians and engineers to develop standard protocols to treat musculoskeletal disorders including arthritis,[4][5][6][7] herniated disc,[8] wounds,[9] TMJ,[10]shoulder tendinopathies,[11] elbow tendinopathies,[12] neck pain[13] and back pain.[14]. The technology is highly effective in many instances where conventional therapies do not provide resolution of the existing disease process and the accompanying symptom complex.


  1. ^ Jump up to:a b “Fred Kahn, Physician” Retrieved on 10 December 2015.

  2. ^ Jump up to:a b McNeill, Sean.“My Health. My Body. My Voice.” Retrieved on 10 December 2015.

  3. Jump up^ “BioFlex | Home”. www.bioflexlaser.com. Retrieved 2018-06-12.

  4. Jump up^ Gur, A; Cosut, A; Sarac, A; Cevik, R; Nas, J; Uyar, A (2003). “Efficacy of different therapy regimes of low-power laser in painful osteoarthritis of the knee: a double-blind and randomized-controlled trial”. Lasers in Surgery and Medicine (33): 330–338. doi:10.1002/lsm.10236.

  5. Jump up^ Bjordal, J; Johnson, M; Lopes-Martins, R; Bogen, B; Chow, R; Ljunggren, A (2007). “Short-term efficacy of physical interventions in osteoarthritic knee pain. A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised placebo-controlled trials”. TBMC Musculoskeletal Disorders (8): 51. doi:10.1186/1471-2474-8-51.

  6. Jump up^ Soleimanpour, H.; Gahramani, K.; Taheri, R.; Golzari, S.; Safari, S.; Esfanjani, R. & Iranpour, A. (2014). “The effect of low-level laser therapy on knee osteoarthritis: Prospective, descriptive study”. Lasers in Medical Science. 29 (5): 1695–1700. doi:10.1007/s10103-014-1576-6. PMID 24733283.

  7. Jump up^ Brosseau, L.; Welch, V.; Wells, G.; Tugwell, P.; de Bie, R.; Gam, A.; Morin, M. (2000). “Low level laser therapy for osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis: a meta-analysis”. The Journal of Rheumatology. 27 (8): 1961–1969. PMID 10955339.

  8. Jump up^ Chen, Y.-J., Wang, Y.-H., Wang, C.-Z., Ho, M.-L., Kuo, P.-L., Huang, M.-H., & Chen, C.-H. (2014). “Effect of low level laser therapy on chronic compression of the dorsal root ganglion.”. PLoS ONE, 9(3). Retrieved on 10 December 2015.

  9. Jump up^ Medrado, A. R. A. P., Pugliese, L. S., Reis, S. R. A., & Andrade, Z. A. (2003). “Influence of low level laser therapy on wound healing and its biological action upon myofibroblasts.”. Lasers in Surgery and Medicine, 32(3), 239–244. Retrieved on 10 December 2015.

  10. Jump up^ Chang, W.-D., Lee, C.-L., Lin, H.-Y., Hsu, Y.-C., Wang, C.-J., & Lai, P.-T. (2014). “A Meta-analysis of Clinical Effects of Low-level Laser Therapy on Temporomandibular Joint Pain.”. Journal of Physical Therapy Science, 26(8), 1297–1300. Retrieved on 10 December 2015.

  11. Jump up^ Haslerud, S, Magnussen, LH, Joensen, J, Lopes-Martins, RAB, and Bjordal, JM (2015). “The efficacy of low-level laser therapy for shoulder tendinopathy: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials.”. Physiother. Res. Int., 20, 108–125. Retrieved on 10 December 2015.

  12. Jump up^ Stasinopoulos, D. I., & Johnson, M. I. (2005). “Effectiveness of low-level laser therapy for lateral elbow tendinopathy.”. Photomedicine and Laser Surgery, 23(4), 425–430. Retrieved on 10 December 2015.

  13. Jump up^ Chow, R. T., Johnson, M. I., Lopes-Martins, R. A. B., & Bjordal, J. M. (2009). “Efficacy of low-level laser therapy in the management of neck pain: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised placebo or active-treatment controlled trials.”. Lancet, 374(9705), 1897–1908. Retrieved on 10 December 2015.

Jump up^ Yousefi-Nooraie, R., Schonstein, E., Heidari, K., Rashidian, A., Pennick, V., Akbari-Kamrani, M., Jonaidi, A. (2008). “Low level laser therapy for nonspecific low-back pain.”.The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, (2). Retrieved on 10 December 2015.

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