Currently, hair transplant surgery or surgical hair restoration has no
approved medical specialty board sanctioned or certification process governed
by The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS). The AMBS is an
organization of 24 approved medical specialty boards of which The American
Board of Hair Restoration Surgery is not a part. The intent of the
certification of physicians is to provide assurance to the public that those
certified by an ABMS Member Board have successfully completed an approved
training program and an evaluation process assessing their ability to provide
quality patient care in the specialty.
If a physician claims to be "board certified" in surgical hair restoration
or "certified" by the American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery (ABHRS), he or
she is not board certified in this field. While the American Hair Loss
Association recognizes that the ABHRS does give a written exam to their
members, our position is that claiming board certification (when the ABHRS is
not yet recognized by the ABMS) is misleading to the public.
The education provided by most fellowship programs in this field is minimal
at best. It is important to note that most fellowship programs in this field
are used for promotional purposes for the group or practice that is providing
the "fellowship." Also be aware that most groups who offer fellowship programs
are not currently teaching state-of-the-art hair transplantation
The American Hair Loss Association recognizes that there are a very small
handful of surgeons who underwent fellowships with truly skilled and ethical
physicians and practices. However, this is not commonplace in this field.
The American Hair Loss Council: This nonprofit organization was
founded by nonsurgical hair replacement business owners. The hair loss consumer
should not look to the AHLC as an educational resource. Membership or being on
the board constitutes no professional qualifications in this field.
The information provided to the public by the AHLC is remarkably outdated
and can be dangerous if followed in some instances. It is not affiliated with
the American Hair Loss Association. We recommend avoiding the AHLC when
researching medical treatment for hair loss.
American Society of Hair Restoration Surgeons: The ASHRS is another
educational organization created by physicians to further the field.
According to its member application, "membership in the American Society of
Hair Restoration Surgery (ASHRS) does not qualify a physician as being
certified to practice hair restoration surgery and that membership alone in the
said society is for educational purposes only."