Transforming Lives with Light

Game Changing Cardiovascular and Dermatological Therapies

We are dreamers and doers, scientists and entrepreneurs, more tenacious than the diseases we treat. We are innovators and pragmatists, delivering trailblazing devices that are better, safer, faster, cheaper. We change lives – and the status quo. We are the last hope for many patients and the best choice for many physicians. We are the chance for a changed life. And we shoulder this great responsibility with unshakable dedication. We are Ra Medical Systems.

Better. Safer. Faster. Cheaper.

  • Pioneers of cardiovascular and dermatology catheters and excimer lasers
  • More than a decade of proven clinical success worldwide
  • Millions of treatments performed
  • Hundreds of thousands of patients treated
  • Unmatched safety and ease of operation
  • CE mark, ISO 9001, and ISO 13485 certifications
  • Affordable and profitable acquisition options for physicians
  • Reimbursed and accessible for patients

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Tracking the True Lumen and Making the Turns in Calcium Without a Wire

Dr Airoldi describes how DABRA advances with a gentle push and makes the turns in hard calcium, tracking the native vessel without a wire, below the knee. Patient has renal failure and is on dialysis.

“The Catheter itself performed the 2 curves and the straight portion of the artery.”

Flavio Airoldi, MD. Multimedica, Italy


The Pharos Excimer Laser “has been a great addition to our practice. Our patients have loved the results, especially our vitiligo, and psoriasis patients.”

Sidney B. Smith, MD

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The Story Behind Ra Medical Systems’ Journey to Transform Lives with Light

Meet the scientists and entrepreneurs behind the company that is saving and changing the lives of millions of people worldwide. The founders of Ra Medical Systems take us back to the beginning and share how their core mission to create better, safer, faster, and cheaper technologies to improve patient care and lower the costs of healthcare led to the creation of 2 game-changing technologies: Pharos, which sends dermatological diseases including psoriasis and vitiligo into remission and; DABRA, which has life-saving potential by unclogging arteries.


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In addition to advancing cardiovascular and dermatological medicine, Ra Medical Systems is committed to keeping physicians, patients, and shareholders up-to-date on our latest news. Visit our Newsroom for complete press releases, news coverage, and videos of DABRA, Pharos, and Ra Medical Systems.


Ra Medical Systems in the News

  • Healthcare Has Healthy Impact on San Diego Real Estate

    Healthcare and related industries continue to exert growing impact on demand for commercial real estate in San Diego County. Among the latest examples is developer Sudberry Properties’ ground-breaking for a second 158,000-square-foot office building at the Scripps Ranch headquarters of client MedImpact Healthcare Systems Inc., a major provider of pharmacy Read More...


  • 24 CEOs and Execs on the Daily Habits That Made Them Successful

    Ra Medical Systems’ CEO, Dean Irwin, has been a part of a trending inspirational article. Originally published by Inc., the article quoted 24 CEOs and executives on their daily habits that have contributed to their success. Irwin’s habit of choice is perseverance! The article is now being featured in Thrive Read More...


  • Following FDA Approval for PAD, Ra Medical Steps Up Hiring

    Carlsbad, Calif.-based RA Medical Systems closed out 2017 with the launch of its newly approved peripheral artery disease (PAD) treatment. Ra’s DABRA (Destruction of Arteriosclerotic Blockages by laser Radiation Ablation) system became available to customers in October after receiving a May approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The company currently has its system Read More...


  • Medtech Cos. Look to Derail Device Tax

    San Diego — Carlsbad’s Ra Medical Systems is among the medtech companies that say the return of a 2.3 percent excise tax on medical devices sold in the U.S. threatens expansion and hiring plans. Congress failed to deliver on promises to kill the tax, which resumed Jan. 1 after a two-year Read More...


  • Office-Based Cath Labs May be a New Model for Treating Peripheral Artery Disease

    As debates about the current state and future of healthcare rage in Congress, the media and healthcare settings across the nation, there appears to be very little common ground upon which stakeholders agree. Yet common aspirations that are shared by most participants include better patient care, better clinical outcomes and Read More...


  • Ra Medical Co-Founder Burstein Touts Innovation, Planning and Caring as Keys to Success for Medtech Execs

    To access the article on MassDevice's website click here. By: Fink Densford This year has been an exciting one for Ra Medical, maker of the DABRA arteriosclerosis laser designed to treat peripheral artery disease. In May, the Carlsbad, Calif.-based company received a nod from the FDA for the DABRA, clearing it for sale Read More...


  • Interview with CEO of Ra Medical Systems

    To Access the article on MedGadget website click here. written by: Alice Ferng More than 200 million people worldwide, including approximately 8.5 million Americans, suffer from Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD). In the U.S. and Europe, PAD is responsible for around 240,000 amputations every year. Nearly a quarter of patients die within 30 Read More...


  • Ra Medical Systems Receives FDA Clearance for Laser Ablation

    To access the article on Photonics Media's website click here. CARLSBAD, Calif. — In an effort to battle Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD), the leading cause of limb amputations, the FDA has granted market clearance to laser developer Ra Medical Systems Inc., makers of excimer lasers and catheters for cardiovascular and Read More...


  • Ra Medical CEO Irwin Aims for Feb 2018 IPO

    To access the article on MassDevices' website click here.  In May, Ra Medical received a nod from the FDA for its DABRA arteriosclerosis laser, clearing it for use in the US. It was a decision the company had been waiting on for approximately 3 years, CEO Dean Irwin told in an interview, and signaled a Read More...


Press Releases

Press Releases

DABRA Cardiovascular Testimonials

  • "Should Be Used In Every Cath Lab"

    "This should be a first line therapeutic and crossing device, which should be used in every Cath Lab."


    Raghotham Patlola, MD, FACC, FSCAI - Wesley Medical Center Hattiesburg, MS


  • "DABRA Pulled MAGIC In 1 Minute"

    "We had a dramatic DABRA case. Facing amputation. We were struggling for two hours without any success for a CTO right AT. DABRA pulled MAGIC in 1 minute. We crossed the lesion. It’s a two-in-one. You are crossing the CTO and modifying the plaque. Aborted amputation."


    Athar Ansari, MD, FACC - California Heart & Vascular Clinic El Centro, CA


  • "We Were Able To Stay Within True Lumen"

    "When it comes to total occlusion, normally if you can’t cross with a guidewire, you can’t do it. With DABRA, we were able to stay within the true lumen and recanalize without a wire in front."


    Ehtisham Mahmud, MD, FACC, FSCAI - UC San Diego Cardiovascular Clinic


  • "The Success Rate Is Over 95%"

    "The device works. More than 60 cases have been performed with no complications, no perforations, and the success rate is over 95%. Plus, with less use of adjunctive therapy such as stents."


    Raghotham Patlola, MD, FACC, FSCAI - Wesley Medical Center Hattiesburg, MS


  • "A Part Of Everyone’s Armamentarium"

    "I think DABRA should be a part of everyone’s armamentarium."


    Athar Ansari, MD, FACC - California Heart & Vascular Clinic El Centro, CA


  • "A Real Game Changer"

    "It is remarkable technology. I think it’s going to be a real game changer. None of the other devices maintain the vessel open like DABRA without a stent. Plus, you don’t have to spend so much time in the Cath Lab with exposure to radiation."


    Ernesto Rodriguera, MD, FACC - Excel Medical Center Tijuana, Mexico


  • "This Device Is Very Flexible, Extremely Flexible"

    "This device is very flexible, extremely flexible. It will not perforate unless you really want to perforate the vessel."


    Raghotham Patlola, MD, FACC, FSCAI - Wesley Medical Center Hattiesburg, MS


  • "I Think That’s Spectacular"

    "The key is to recanalize it safely and effectively. With this new catheter, I am able to do it as an outpatient with 3 minutes of fluoro time. I think that’s spectacular."


    Athar Ansari, MD, FACC - California Heart & Vascular Clinic El Centro, CA


  • "The Cost Savings Are Remarkable"

    "The laser should revolutionize the interventional peripheral world. The cost savings are remarkable. They are about a third of the price."


    Ernesto Rodriguera, MD, FACC - Excel Medical Center Tijuana, Mexico


  • "Really Simple And Very Safe"

    "It’s very easy, very simple, very trackable, and I did not encounter any problems in the technique. It is really simple and very safe."


    Marzia Lugli, MD - Hesperia Hospital Mendona, Italy


Pharos Dermatology Testimonials

  • "Our patients love the results"

    "The Pharos has been a great addition to our practice. Our patients love the results, especially our vitiligo patients and our psoriasis patients. It's been a great purchase for the clinic."


    Sidney B. Smith, MD, DermaHealth, Richland, WA


  • "The economics in going with Ra Medical Systems’ Pharos make it a no-brainer."

    "Our Pharos excimer has been a real workhorse in our practice. Of all of the lasers in the office, it is one of the most used. I consider it indispensable. It's a must-have in the armamentarium of treating vitiligo and fills an important niche for many of our..."  Read More


    Bill Halmi, MD - Arizona Advanced Dermatology, Gilbert, AZ


  • "I can't imagine practicing without it."

    "Even in the age of new oral systemic and biologic therapies, I find the excimer laser an extremely useful tool to have at my disposal. As an alternative to systemic therapy or a compliment to it, my patients love having another option at their disposal. Now that I..."  Read More


    Michael Sonabend, MD – Complete Dermatology, Sugar Land, TX


  • "The most profitable laser in our practice."

    "The Ra Medical Systems’ excimer laser has been the most profitable laser in our practice. It has exceeded our expectations on efficiency, clinical efficacy, and patient satisfaction."


    Nathan Trookman, MD - Colorado Springs Dermatology, Colorado Springs, CO


  • "Outstanding results delivered by this laser"

    "The Pharos laser has been a mainstay for treatment of resistant localized plaque psoriasis in our office for many years. We are on our third generation Pharos excimer laser from Ra Medical Systems and treatments are in high demand by our patient population who know the outstanding results..."  Read More


    David Vasily, MD – Lehigh Valley Dermatology, Bethlehem, PA


  • "Name the condition, Pharos excimer laser treats it."

    "I think the most important fact is that the Pharos excimer laser is not just for psoriasis.  It is beneficial for the treatment of atopic dermatitis, eczema, rosacea, lichen planus, alopecia, and parapsoriasis. We get very few insurance denials, most companies approve multiple treatments, and payments are substantial. ..."  Read More


    Jack Murphy, MD – LaPlace Dermatology Clinic, LaPlace, LA


  • "Better Results than with the Other Excimer Laser"

    "I've been an excimer laser patient for a few years. Recently my physician switched from offering the other excimer laser to the Pharos laser and I am experiencing even better results.  My Pharos treatments not only provide quicker results but also an overall improvement in my condition. I..."  Read More


    Tracy M., Patient, Chicago, IL


  • "Best business and medical decision I have ever made."

    "We are very pleased with the laser and I think of it as one of the best business and medical decisions I have made."


    Scott Sanders, MD - Scott Sanders Dermatology, New York City, NY


  • "Financial benefits of the laser in practice"

    "The financial benefits are simply enormous. This is an insurance covered procedure and can generate a significant amount of revenue for your practice. In our particular practice, billings run an average $20,000 per month with this device, with a significant collection ratio. In addition, many patients will elect..."  Read More


    David Vasily, MD – Lehigh Valley Dermatology, Bethlehem, PA


  • "Best Laser I Have"

    "It works extremely well and is a money maker for my practice.  It’s the best laser I have."


    Josiane Lederman, MD - Dermatology Associates, Staten Island, NY


  • "Having the excimer laser as part of our armamentarium against psoriasis has brought us many patients who are seeking a clinic that is state of the art"

    "I think it’s important to stay on top of new technology and having the excimer laser as part of our armamentarium against psoriasis has brought us many patients who are seeking a clinic that is state of the art, who has the latest treatments and new treatments for psoriasis..."  Read More


    Robert Beer, Robert Beer, MD – Balfour Dermatology, Brentwood, CA


  • "I am extremely pleased how effective the Pharos has been for my scalp psoriasis patients"

    "I am extremely pleased how effective the Pharos has been for my scalp psoriasis patients, especially those who have not responded to topical treatments. It has also been exceptionally effective for intertriginous lesions and vitiligo. The Pharos has been completely reliable in our high volume practice. Ra Medical's..."  Read More


    Jerry Bagel, MD - Winsor Dermatology and Psoriasis Treatment Center of Central New Jersey, Winsor, NJ


  • "I'll Sing Their Praises!"

    "A model vendor. I will sing their praises to my peers anytime."


    Eitan Homa, MD – Dermatology Associates of the Bay Area, Hercules, CA


  • "Ra Medical Systems is an outstanding company"

    "Ra Medical Systems is an outstanding company. Over the years of ownership, we have had very few minor service issues with our laser and they have been handled rapidly, efficiently and without recurrence. The ownership experience with this particular laser system, as an owner of multiple laser systems..."  Read More


    David Vasily, David Vasily, MD – Lehigh Valley Dermatology, Bethlehem, PA


  • "It definitely works"

    "When I started treatments, about a quarter of my face was affected. Now, after 32 treatments, the treated areas are more than 85% repigmented. People who did not see me before cannot detect I ever had vitiligo. If I had vitiligo any other place, I would definitely get..."  Read More


    Anonymous Patient, A.D. Dermatology Associates, Seattle, WA


  • "Efficient and simple operation."

    "We are enjoying our Pharos laser and are happy with the efficiency and simpler operation. Patients are also happier than with our previous excimer laser."


    Usha Sood, MD - Harper Dermatology Laser Beauty Center, Roseville, MI


  • "My go-to treatment for dyshidrotic eczema"

    "It’s one of my go-to treatments for dyshidrotic eczema and other types of eczema, especially when it’s located in small areas. These people suffer for years and it’s so hard to control. Many of them work with their hands or even just computer work and it can be so..."  Read More


    Robert Beer, MD – Balfour Dermatology, Brentwood, CA


  • "Wicked Happy"

    "Wicked happy with the laser and the company."


    Theodore Daly, MD – Garden City Dermatology, Garden City, NY


  • "Won’t harm healthy skin"

    "We’ve used traditional light therapy for psoriasis treatment for a long time, but the Pharos will allow us to treat the patient with fewer sessions that reach deeper in the affected skin. However, because only the psoriasis plaques are treated, we won’t harm healthy skin around them."


    Malinee Saxena, MD - My Dermatologist, Inver Grove Heights, MN


  • "The excimer laser is very efficient"

    "Patients who are excellent candidates for the excimer laser are patients with more localized plaque psoriasis of elbows, knees, buttocks, or as an add-on adjunctive therapy after full body NB UVB exposure in our phototherapy box. The excimer laser is very efficient in clearing flexural crease psoriasis, as..."  Read More


    David Vasily, David Vasily, MD – Lehigh Valley Dermatology, Bethlehem, PA


  • "The only treatment that has ever worked for my scalp"

    "The Pharos is the only treatment that has ever worked for my scalp. I've tried injections, creams, shampoos, oral medications, and none of it worked. But, since I started the laser treatments, my scalp has cleared more than 85%. There is no pain or side-effects."


    Gary D., Patient, Riverside, CA


  • "No more steroids for my patients."

    "Our practice is the first in Milpitas to offer the state-of-the-art Pharos excimer laser therapy for psoriasis, vitiligo, and atopic dermatitis. The Pharos is painless, there is no downtime, and treatments are often covered by insurance. Laser treatments are ideal for difficult to treat areas including the elbows..."  Read More


    Katherine Hong Do, MD - Katherine Hong Do Dermatology, Milpitas, CA


  • "Excellent results."

    "We have had excellent results using the Pharos to treat patients."


    Arlo Miller, MD – Miller Family Dermatology, Issaquah, WA


  • "Remission of psoriasis for up to 6 months"

    "Fortunately, our dermatologists are well-versed in psoriasis and the many treatments available. Our practice is one of a few that offers Pharos excimer laser treatments, which deliver focused narrowband UVB light that can provide remission of psoriasis for up to 6 months."


    Franziska Ringpfeil, MD – Ringpfeil Advanced Dermatology, Haverford, PA


  • "Less expensive than renting."

    "If you are renting an excimer, you might find it's actually less expensive to purchase the Pharos device."


    Jerome Potozkin, MD, Danville, CA


  • "The new Pharos laser is extremely fast"

    "The new Pharos laser is extremely fast with treatments times approximately one-half that of our previous unit. In addition, the unit runs at a much cooler level, allowing you to keep the unit in a reasonably sized space without overheating patients, staff, or the device itself."


    David Vasily, David Vasily, MD – Lehigh Valley Dermatology, Bethlehem, PA


  • "Favorite treatment for localized psoriasis plaques."

    "One of my favorite treatments for localized psoriasis plaques is the targeted excimer laser."


    Charles Camisa, MD – Riverchase Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery, Naples, FL


  • "No more buying codes or paying rent."

    "I would be happy to be a reference for the Pharos laser. Our patients love it and no more buying codes or paying rent."


    Mary Sue Parent, Practice Manager - Brighton Dermatology and Regenesis, Brighton, MI


  • "I am experiencing remission for the first time in my life."

    "I've had moderate psoriasis since I was a child. My doctor told me he could help me achieve remission with the Pharos excimer laser. I was skeptical, but now, for the first time in 10 years, I can wear short-sleeves and a bathing suit. I am experiencing remission..."  Read More


    Marilyn R., Patient, Encino, CA


Case Studies

  • 1st DABRA Patient Treated Remains Patent 4 Years Post-Procedure

    Dr. Mahmud describes the first-ever DABRA case performed. The patient presented with a short SFA lesion, not crossable with a wire. DABRA crossed and re-canalized the vessel, after which angioplasty with a low pressure balloon at 2 atmospheres was performed. No drug coated balloons or stents were used, and there was no dissection. The patient remains asymptomatic 4 years post-procedure. “It was remarkable. It was very smooth. It was successful, and 4 years later the patient remains patent.” Ehtisham Mahmud, MD, FACC, FSCAII, UC San Diego Cardiovascular Clinic... Continue Reading
  • Treating Her Own Daughter’s Psoriasis with the Pharos

    Dr. Jacobson's daughter is 8 years old and has suffered from scalp psoriasis for 2 years. Despite twice-daily intensive topical treatments and medications prescribed by her dermatologist mom, her psoriasis continued to worsen. She had itchy, scaly sores on her scalp and behind her ears that she constantly scratched. Most days she was pretty uncomfortable and often distracted at school because of her psoriasis. Knowing that the next step had to be taken, Dr. Jacobson chose to treat her daughter with the Pharos excimer laser. After just 3 weeks of treatment with the Pharos, Dr. Jacobson's daughter had…... Continue Reading