Veronica Villalon

Tell us about yourself


I am the Safety Manager and Medical Laser Safety Officer (MLSO) for the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center and Benioff Children’s Hospital; my name is Veronica Villalon and I have been a certified MLSO since 2011.

I completed both my B.S. in Chemistry and B.S. in Biology at UC Irvine (UCI) and studied synthetic organic chemistry for my Ph.D. at UC Santa Barbara (UCSB).  My first research project working with lasers was as an undergraduate at the Beckman Laser Institute (BLI) at UCI studying treatment of endometriosis using photodynamic therapy (PDT).

I have worked with lasers for over a decade and now oversee program compliance with Laser Safety across UCSF Health.  By becoming the MLSO for our institution, I am able to help UCSF meet the accreditation standards necessary to maintain patient care operations and provide the best health care.

I enjoy being the MLSO for UCSF Health and being involved in regulatory compliance.  I have the privilege of working with competent, knowledgeable, proactive professionals who are also passionate about staff, patient and visitor safety when it comes to lasers.  MLSOs today continue to be challenged by the ever-changing assortment of possible laser applications and rely heavily on department-specific Laser Safety Leads (LSLs) to assist with overall department laser safety program compliance.

Without a doubt, becoming certified as an MLSO has been beneficial for both the health care institution and for me as an individual.  Regulatory inspectors, leadership, colleagues and technical professionals recognize those who achieve certification are credible, knowledgeable and perform ethically in their field of expertise.  Should you wish to connect with me regarding my experience as an MLSO, please contact me at