Who We Are

Peter Vitruk and Paul Diaz

Aesculight Founders: Peter Vitruk (left) and Paul Diaz (right)

Aesculight, a division of LightScalpel LLC based near Seattle, Washington, designs and manufactures CO2 surgical lasers for veterinary applications. Our products are distributed Worldwide. Since 2006, Aesculight has been the only North American based veterinary CO2 laser manufacturer.

Aesculight’s Origins

Aesculight’s founders, Paul Diaz and Peter Vitruk, both former principals at laser manufacturer Luxar Corporation, were intimately involved in the design and manufacture of that company’s line of CO2 surgical lasers, Paul as Luxar’s Director of Engineering, and Peter as Luxar’s Senior/Chief Scientist. In 2002, Luxar Corporation was acquired and then dissolved by Lumenis, Paul and Peter went on to found Aesculight’s original parent company, LuxarCare LLC. Starting in Peter’s garage and working with nothing more than extensive knowledge, they provided repair services, support, and accessories to thousands of Luxar and *Accuvet™ laser owners who were left without repair and maintenance options after the dissolution of Luxar.

Built on Superior Customer Service

The company was founded and built from a drive to provide a superior customer experience focusing on quality service, low cost and efficient turnaround times. In 2005, gathering together many talented and experienced former Luxar laser engineers as well as other industry experts, Paul and Peter took on the challenge of designing and building the next generation of CO2 surgical lasers and created the Aesculight brand. The results are the products you see on these web pages, a new line of CO2 surgical lasers with improved beam delivery, higher power, new patented laser tube technology, and updated control and display features. Aesculight continues to focus on LuxarCare’s founding principles of exceptional customer service and technical support.

Intense focus is placed on finding the best, most talented and dedicated people to carry Peter and Paul’s vision forward. We are privileged to work with many surgical laser consultants and luminaries in a number of veterinary specialties. Our close cooperation with the brightest minds in surgical laser medicine allows our engineers and scientists to develop the best surgical laser devices, tools and accessories. Many of our surgical laser consultants have performed thousands of laser installations and laser training sessions across the United States and Canada, first with Luxar Corporation and now with the Aesculight, LuxarCare and LightScalpel brands.

The Aesculight Surgical Laser and LuxarCare brands as well as their parent company LightScalpel LLC are a private “family owned” company and the fastest growing designer and manufacturer of CO2 surgical laser technology for physicians and veterinarians. Aesculight is the ONLY North American based manufacturer of veterinary surgical CO2 lasers. Aesculight’s focus is on providing surgeons with the state-of-the-art, proven and reliable surgical laser technologies designed to help them improve patient care. Aesculight’s growth is powered by our proven ability to satisfy market demand with the best American made products and the best American based services.

Aesculight Mission

We strive to perfect laser technology and to excel at helping veterinarians to improve their business, patient care, and clients’ satisfaction. We are the only American based veterinary surgical CO2 laser manufacturer, and as such, are the best suited to serve and protect our customers’ investments in their Aesculight lasers through uncompromising dedication to excellent customer service and product support.

Made in USA: State-of-the-art Manufacturing and Service Operations

All Aesculight surgical CO2 lasers are manufactured by LightScalpel at our state-of-the-art laser facility in Woodinville (near Seattle), Washington, USA. Most of our laser engineers and technicians have been at the forefront of surgical and industrial laser technology since the early 1990’s. Aesculight’s technical support and customer services are performed directly from the factory and with direct involvement from many of our laser engineers.

Aesculight Founding and Management Team

Peter Vitruk, PhD, MInstP, CPhys, DABLS, Founder

Prior to co-founding Aesculight in 2005 and Luxarcare in 2002, Peter played a variety of research and development roles around the globe. He was a Research Scientist with The Academy of Sciences in the former USSR (1985-91) and a Visiting Research Fellow with Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, UK (1991-95). He later worked as RF excited CO2 laser Programs Manager with Synrad Inc. (1995-98), and then as Senior/Chief Scientist with Luxar/ESC/Lumenis (1998-02). He has authored over 10 patents and over 20 articles on RF excited CO2 gas laser plasma and resonator technology and is a Member of The Institute of Physics, London, UK. Peter is a physicist by trade but the most important thing to know about him is that he has a lifelong passion for lasers. He loves them and were he not working with them professionally, they would still be his primary hobby. Peter Vitruk’s Curricula Vitae

Paul Diaz, MSc EE, Member IEEE, Founder

Prior to co-founding Aesculight in 2005 and Luxarcare in 2002, Paul played major development roles in several companies. He was Project Manager with Johnson & Johnson Ultrasound and then Senior Electrical / Software Engineer and Systems Group Manager with Laakmann Electro Optics (merged into Xanar, Coherent Medical). He later co-founded Luxar Corporation (merged into ESC/Lumenis) and served as its Director of Engineering until 2002, leading all electrical and software design of the LX-20 and Novapulse systems. Paul is a Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

David Walters, General Manager

Dave is another Luxar Corp/Lumenis alumnus, where he was engaged in a variety of Engineering and Manufacturing roles between 1995 and 2002. Dave joined Aesculight LLC in 2005 as our Engineering Manager. He brings extensive laser engineering and laser manufacturing experience including design, prototyping, high volume production of high-precision systems and sub-systems, quality controls, and regulatory controls. Dave also oversees daily manufacturing operations together with Peter and Paul. Prior to joining Aesculight, Dave served as Engineering Manager at Sensitech Inc. in Redmond, WA.

 

Where does the name “Aesculight” come from?

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The name is derived from the Latin word “Aesculapius,” the god of medicine and healing in ancient Greek and Roman mythology.

Aesculapius

*Accuvet(TM) is a trademark of Lumenis Ltd