RIP Dr Kevin Moore who died last week 15 July 2020

Dr Kevin MooreKevin was a husband, father, anaesthetist, chronic pain specialist, researcher, a fun, kind and generous man.

He was a vital founding member of the World Association for Laser Therapy (WALT) and a long-standing cheerleader for Photobiomodulation (PBM) as it is now known.

As well as being Consultant Anaesthetist at The Royal Oldham Hospital UK, Kevin was medical director at Dr Kershaw’s Hospice.

Kevin also had the thankless task of being the WALT treasurer for many years. His leadership and steady hand ensured the organisation survived several problematic periods.

All who met him will remember his warmth, humour and generosity of spirit. 

He will be forever memorialised in my LLLT/PBM presentations as he researched and published two of my favourite PBM papers of all time (abstracts below and links to some PDFs).

I have converted some of his slides into this 4 minute movie and managed to lay some audio over it which was recorded about 20 years ago. Given this is one of the worst kinds of pain any one can suffer it is remarkable that such a simple tool can achieve such good results.

So thank you to Kevin for your contribution to the world, and our condolences to Jill, his wife and his children. Kevin was a special man, I know he will be missed. 

His local new paper reports his death here

Other newspaper reports about Kevin

and here



Kevin C. Moore, Naru Hira, Ian J. Broome* and John A. Cruikshank

Departments of Anaesthesia and General Surgery, The Royal Oldham Hospital, Oldham, U.K *Department of Anaesthesia, The Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield, U.K., General Practitioner, Pennymeadow Clinic, Ashton-under-Lyne, U.K.

This trial was designed to test the hypothesis that LLLT reduces the extent and duration of postoperative pain. Twenty consecutive patients for elective cholecystectomy were randomly allocated for either LLLT or as controls. The trial was double blind. Patients for LLLT received 6- 8-min treatment (GaAlAs: 830 nm: 60 mW CW: CM) to the wound area immediately following skin closure prior to emergence from GA. All patients were prescribed on demand postoperative analgesia (IM or oral according to pain severity). Recordings of pain scores (0-10) and analgesic requirements were noted by an independent assessor. There was a significant difference in the number of doses of narcotic analgesic (IM) required between the two groups. Controls n = 5.5: LLLT n = 2.5. No patient in the LLLT group required IM analgesia after 24 h. Similarly the requirement for oral analgesia was reduced in the LLLT group. Controls n = 9: LLLT n = 4. Control patients assessed their overall pain as moderate to severe compared with mild to moderate in the LLLT group. The results justify further evaluation on a larger trial population

Laser Therapy, 4: 145-150. 1992

Moore KC 1992 The Effect of Infrared Laser Irradiation (LLLI) on the Duration and Severity of Postoperative Pain- A Double Blind Trial Laser Therapy 1992.pdf


Moore, K.C., Hira, N., Kumar, P.S., Jayakumar, C.S., and Ohshiro, T

Postherpetic. neuralgia can be an extremely painful condition which in many cases proves resistant lo all the accepted forms of treatment. It is frequently most severe in the elderly and may persist for years with no predictable course.
This trial was designed as a double blind assessment of the efficacy of low level laser therapy in the relief of the pain of post herpetic neuralgia with patients acting as their own controls. Admission to the trial was limited to patients with established post herpetic neuralgia of at least six months duration and who had shown little or no response to conventional methods of treatment. Measurements of pain intensity and distribution were noted over a period of eight treatments in two groups of patients each of which received four consecutive laser treatments. The results demonstrate a significant reduction in the pain intensity and distribution following a course of low level laser therapy.

Laser Therapy Pilot Edition 1:0 Pilot Issue 2 Pages 61-64

Moore KC 1998 A Double Blind Crossover Trial or Low Level Laser Therapy in the treatment of Postherpetic Neuralgia.pdf

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6 Responses to RIP Dr Kevin Moore who died last week 15 July 2020

  1. Jill Moore says:

    James, thank you so very much for putting the video together and for your kind words about Kevin.
    It’s difficult to bring to mind all the incredible things that he did during his lifetime, but yet he was still very much down to earth, non judgemental, taking and accepting everyone as an equal.
    His death was a huge shock and it still seems surreal, I shall take great comfort in the many happy memories that I have of travelling with him and meeting all the Lazer Gang as you were all affectionately know !! Happy days and memories.


    • Nicolette Houreld says:

      It is with a heavy heart that I read the sad news of the passing of Kevin. He helped me so much with all the WALT treasurer problems and I learnt so much from him, I was always in contact with him, he was my go-to person when it came to WALT. I have the fondest memories of him from the WALT congress held in Norway. He will be sorely missed.
      Condolences to his family.

    • Shimon Rochkind says:

      Dear Jill,

      Just received the terrible news about Kevins’ passing.
      Deepest condolences to you and your family, I am so sorry for your loss.
      Our Laser Therapy path began together.
      He will always stay in my memory a smiling, kind, wise, and honorable man.
      His great contribution to the scientific world is highly valued by all.
      Kevin will always be remembered and missed by his many friends and colleagues.

      James, thank you for writing this kind eulogy for Kevin.

      Shimon Rochkind

  2. Prof Liisa Laakso says:

    Jill, please accept my warmest condolences on Kevin’s passing. A genial ‘giant‘ of a man in his professional life and no doubt in his personal life as well.
    His support of my early foray almost 30 years ago in to “laser therapy” research will always be remembered with gratitude. His support of world laser therapy can never be forgotten. I will remember him with tremendous fondness, and I hope that you can gain some comfort in the knowledge that his endeavours are reflected every day across the globe in so many ways, by so many people who may not even be aware.
    Vale Dr Kevin C Moore

  3. Farouk alwatban says:

    Dear james
    Thank u. Of let me know about the death of Kevin Moore. If u kind enough to send my condolensec to his wife jill.. And or send me here address..
    thank u.
    Farouk alwatban

  4. Prof.Dr.Farouk Alwatban says:

    Dear JILL,
    Deepest condolences to you and your family..Kevin Moore was a good friend , knowing him since Erice meeting in Italy, then with WALT..
    Kevin Moore was a physician, scientist, and a happy helpful gentleman…
    I respect him and liked him…
    Kevin Moore gave a nice feelings for every body meat with him..
    Kevin Moore gave WALT lots of his time, and achieved WALT with him lots of success…
    He will stay in my memory as a lovely friend..
    Sorry I didn’t receive your address in time to show my deepest and warm condolences to you and your family..

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