Find Information About:

Drugs & Supplements

Get information and reviews on prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and supplements. Search by name or medical condition.

Pill Identifier

Pill Identifier

Having trouble identifying your pills?

Enter the shape, color, or imprint of your prescription or OTC drug. Our pill identification tool will display pictures that you can compare to your pill.

Get Started
My Medicine

My Medicine

Save your medicine, check interactions, sign up for FDA alerts, create family profiles and more.

Get Started

WebMD Health Experts and Community

Talk to health experts and other people like you in WebMD's Communities. It's a safe forum where you can create or participate in support groups and discussions about health topics that interest you.

  • Second Opinion

    Second Opinion

    Read expert perspectives on popular health topics.

  • Community


    Connect with people like you, and get expert guidance on living a healthy life.

Got a health question? Get answers provided by leading organizations, doctors, and experts.

Get Answers

Sign up to receive WebMD's award-winning content delivered to your inbox.

Sign Up

Font Size

Surgical Hair Restoration: Surgeons' Credentials

Affiliations continued...

The information provided to the public by the AHLC is remarkably outdated and can be dangerous if followed in some instances.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."

The International Alliance of Hair Restoration Surgeons: The IAHRS is a consumer organization that selectively screens skilled and ethical hair transplant surgeons. The IAHRS does not offer an open membership policy to doctors practicing hair transplantation, and is the only group that recognizes that all surgeons are not equal in their skill and technique.

Its elite membership seeks to represent the best in the discipline, the true leaders in the field of surgical hair restoration. The IAHRS's goal is to provide a safe place for prospective patients to choose a surgeon based on skill and not on their ability to buy public opinion through advertising.

The American Hair Loss Association recognizes IAHRS membership as an elite credential in this field.

International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery: The ISHRS is a nonprofit voluntary organization of more than 700 hair transplant doctors. The ISHRS provides continuing education to physicians specializing in hair transplant surgery.

Membership in the ISHRS does not constitute competence in the field and should not be considered a qualifying credential. Currently there are no set standards for admittance into the ISHRS. Therefore any doctor performing hair transplantation can become an "active" member of this strictly educational organization.

The American Hair Loss Association acknowledges the tremendous value of the ISHRS in the field of hair transplantation. However, its educational efforts should not be confused with any kind of credentialing process.

World Hair Society: Little is known about The World Hair Society; what it has contributed to the field is unclear. Even so, it is found as a credential on many physicians' resumes.

Published on March 1, 2010

WebMD Medical Reference from the American Hair Loss Association

1 | 2

Today on WebMD

hair in hairbrush
Ways to go about it naturally.
Young woman with thick curly hair
Causes and solutions.
man with thinning hair
How to keep the hair you have.
Closeup of Hairbrush with Hair Loss
Understand the basics.
Mens Hair Loss When To Start Treatment
A Dermatologist Talks About Hair Loss
Rogaine And Propecia For Hair Loss
Woman looking at thinning hair in hand mirror
Balding man in mirror
Close up of comb in woman's hair
Young woman with thick curly hair
hair problems