Surgical Hair Restoration: Surgeons' Credentials
The information provided to the public by the AHLC is remarkably outdated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
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
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