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STANDING COMMITTEES 2020-2021 Committees

World Congress Scientific Planning Committee

This committee determines the programming for the annual World Congress which is typically held in October. This includes setting the meeting format, rating abstracts, participating on conference calls and email discussions, and providing suggestions to the chair.

  • Chair | Marie A. Schambach, MD, FISHRS | Guatemala
  • Focused Session Chair | Rathchathorn Panchaprateep, MD, PhD, FISHRS | Thailand
  • M&M Chair | Aditya K. Gupta, MD, PhD, FISHRS | Canada
  • Live Patient Viewing Co-Chair | Bruno F. Ferreira, MD | Portugal 
  • Live Patient Viewing Co-Chair | Carlos Portinha, MD | Portugal
  • Newcomers Chair | Robert S. Haber, MD, FISHRS | USA
  • Surgical Assistants Co-Chair | Marwan Noureldin, MSc | Egypt
  • Surgical Assistants Co-Chair | Laura Krys | Spain
  • Immediate Past Chair | Bradley R. Wolf, MD, FISHRS | USA [Board Liaison]
  • Chief COVID Officer | Robert H. True, MD, MPH, FISHRS | USA
  • COVID Officer | Henrique N. Radwanski, MD | Brazil
  • COVID Officer | Gregory Williams, MBBS, FISHRS
  • Committee Member | Anil K. Garg, MBBS, MS, MCh, FISHRS | India
  • Committee Member | Luis A. Nader, MD | Mexico
  • Committee Member | Jae-Hyun Park, MD, PhD | South Korea
  • Committee Member | Nicole E. Rogers, MD, FISHRS | USA
  • Committee Member | Alexandros Z. Seiadatan, MD | Spain

American Medical Association (AMA) House Of Delegates (HOD) And Specialty & Service Society (SSS) Representative

  • Delegate:   Carlos J. Puig, DO, FISHRS, Term: 12/31/20-12/31/23
  • Alternate Delegate:   Sara Wasserbauer, MD, FISHRS, Term: 12/31/20-12/31/23

Annual Giving Fund hair

  • John D.N. Gillespie, MD, FISHRS

Audit Committee

This committee reviews the annual independent auditor’s report of the society’s finances and the internal financial controls.

  • 2023 | Venkataram Mysore, MD, FISHRS, Chair 
  • 2022 | Ken L. Williams, DO, FISHRS
  • 2023 | Hossein Yavari, MD
  • 2021 | Kapil Dua, MBBS, MS, FISHRS (Treasurer) [Board Liaison]

Communications & Public Education Committee

This committee oversees the society’s communications efforts to the public and media, including formats of website, media releases, social media, and other. This committee conducts the biannual practice census survey and related media outreach.

  • 2023 | Ricardo Mejia, MD, Chair
  • 2023 | Paul T. Rose, MD, JD, FISHRS, Co-Chair
  • 2021 | Ratchathorn Panchaprateep, MD, PhD, FISHRS
  • 2022 | Timothy P. Carman, MD, FISHRS
  • 2022 | Rachael L. Kay, MBChB
  • 2022 | Marwan Noureldin, MSc
  • 2023 | Michael Markou, DO, Ambassadors for Patient Safety Subcommittee Chair
  • 2023 | Arthur Tykocinski, MD, FISHRS, FTF Subcommittee Chair
  • VICE PRESIDENT:  Nilofer Farjo, MBChB, FISHRS [Board Liaison]

Fight the FIGHT Subcommittee

This is a subcommittee of the Communications & Public Education Committee (C&PE Committee). This subcommittee is tasked with developing and executing the Fight the FIGHT consumer awareness campaign.

  • 2023 | Arthur Tykocinski, MD, FISHRS, Chair
  • 2023 | Shady El-Maghraby, MD, MSc, FISHRS
  • 2022 | Jennifer H. Martinick, MBBS, FISHRS
  • 2023 | Daniel G. McGrath, DO, FISHRS
  • 2023 | Ricardo Mejia, MD [Board Liaison]
  • 2023 | Ozgur Oztan, MD

ISHRS Ambassadors for Patient Safety Subcommittee

This is a subcommittee of the Communications & Public Education Committee (C&PE Committee). This subcommittee is tasked with keeping the C&PE Committee informed of legislative and regulatory issues around the unlicensed practice of medicine in hair restoration surgery. This involves keeping in contact with the local (regional) societies. Where possible, Ambassadors are to work with their local societies to replicate the ISHRS marketing efforts regarding the “Fight the FIGHT” consumer awareness campaign.  This subcommittee will develop and oversee outreach to related medical specialties and legislatures to inform them about the issues around the unlicensed practice of medicine.

  • 2023 | Michael Markou, DO, Chair
  • 2022 | Konstantinos Anastassakis, MD, PhD, FISHRS
  • 2021 | Mauro Speranzini, MD
  • 2022 | Blake Bloxham, DO
  • 2023 | Scott L. Darling, DO
  • 2023 | Rana M. Irfan, MBBS, FISHRS
  • 2023 | Ruban S. Nathan, MBBCh

ISHRS Collaborate Subcommittee

This is a subcommittee of the Communications & Public Education Committee (C&PE Committee). This subcommittee is tasked with exploring the concept to offer an online collaborate tool for members and if implemented, to promote and champion the success of the program.

  • 2023 | Dow Stough, MD, Chair


CME Committee

The Continuing Medical Education (CME) Committee is in charge of compliance with and maintaining the society’s ACCME accreditation. The CME Committee determines the needs assessment, gap analysis, and overall programming for the society’s educational efforts. The CME Committee annually reviews and oversees the Core Curriculum in HRS and Core Competencies in HRS.

  • 2021 | Robert S. Haber, MD, FISHRS, Chair
  • 2023 | James A. Harris, MD, FISHRS
  • 2024 | Conradin von Albertini, MD, FISHRS [Board Liaison]
  • 2024 | Steven Gabel, MD, FISHRS
  • 2024 | Vladimir Ratushny, MD, PhD
  • 2024 | Ratchathorn Panchaprateep, MD, PhD, FISHRS
  • 2024 | Mark A. Waldman, MD

CME Webinars Subcommittee

A subcommittee under the CME Committee, the CME Webinars Subcommittee is charged with developing, executing, and overseeing the CME accredited webinars.

  • 2024 | Ratchathorn Panchaprateep, MD, PhD, FISHRS, Chair
  • 2024 | Masahisa Nagai, MD, FISHRS
  • 2024 | Matt Lopresti, DO

Regional Workshops Subcommittee

A subcommittee under the CME Committee, the Regional Workshops Subcommittee is charged with overseeing all aspects of the regional workshops, including LSW best practices, as well as making recommendations to the CME Committee. 

  • 2023 | Conradin von Albertini, MD, FISHRS, Chair [Board Liaison]
  • 2021 | Jerzy Kolasinski, MD, PhD, FISHRS
  • 2024 | David Perez-Meza, MD, FISHRS
  • 2024 | Piero Tesauro, MD

Advanced/Board Review Course Subcommittee

Under the CME Committee in 2021, the Subcommittee is to organize the online Advanced/Board Review Course for 2021.

  • Advanced/Board Review Course Chair | Samuel M. Lam, MD, FISHRS | USA
  • Advanced/Board Review Course Co-Chair | Georgios Zontos, MD, MSc, PhD, FISHRS | Denmark

Basics Course Subcommittee

Under the CME Committee in 2021, the Subcommittee is to organize the online Basics Course for 2021.

  • Basics Course Chair | Shady El Maghraby, MD, MSc, FISHRS | Egypt
  • Basics Course Co-Chair | Jennifer Krejci, MD | USA

Ethics Committee

This committee oversees member complaints against other members pertinent to violations of the ISHRS Code of Ethics.

  • 2023 | Scott A. Boden, MD, FISHRS, Chair
  • 2022 | David P. Deutsch, MD
  • 2022 | Robert T. Leonard, Jr., DO, FISHRS [Board Liaison]
  • 2022 | Allan J. Parungao, MD
  • 2023 | Anthony J. Mollura, MD

Exhibits & Advertising Review Committee

This committee reviews company applications for exhibits and advertising to assure they are in harmony with ISHRS’s policies and guidelines.

  • 2021 | Timothy P. Carman, MD, FISHRS, Chair
  • 2022 | Vikram Jayaprakash, BM
  • 2023 | Hossein Yavari, MD
  • Bradley R. Wolf, MD, FISHRS [Board Liaison]

Fellowship Training Committee

This committee oversees the ISHRS Fellowship Training Programs, including the program principles, requirements, and FTP Director applications.

  • 2021 | Carlos J. Puig, DO, FISHRS, Chair
  • 2021 | Jeffrey S. Epstein, MD, FISHRS
  • 2021 | Anil K. Garg, MBBS, MSMCh, FISHRS
  • 2021 | Seema Garg, MBBS, MSc, FISHRS
  • 2021 | Francisco Jimenez, MD, FISHRS [Board Liaison]
  • 2021 | David S. Josephitis, DO, FISHRS
  • 2022 | Daniel G. McGrath, DO, FISHRS
  • 2022 | Patrick Mwamba, MD
  • 2022 | Robin Unger, MD
  • 2023 | Taleb Barghouthi, MD
  • 2023 | Masahisa Nagai, MD, FISHRS

Finance Committee

This committee oversees the ISHRS Reserve Fund and investment policy, making recommendations to the Board.

  • Kapil Dua, MBBS, MS, FISHRS, Chair (Treasurer) [Board Liaison]
  • Paul J. McAndrews, MD, FISHRS (President)
  • Nilofer Farjo, MBChB, FISHRS (Vice President)
  • Robert T. Leonard, Jr., DO, FISHRS (Board member)
  • Ricardo Mejia, MD (Board member)
  • Melinda Urbas, CPA, ISHRS Accountant (Non-voting)

Guidelines Oversight Committee

This committee is charged with annually reviewing the published guidelines of the society, as well as other official policies and statements where appropriate, and with making recommendations to the Board for edits each year as necessary.

  • 2023 | Greg Williams, MBBS, FISHRS, Chair [Board Liaison]
  • 2022 | Steven Gabel, MD, FISHRS
  • 2023 | Hanieh Erdmann, MD
  • 2024 | David S. Josephitis, DO, FISHRS
  • 2024 | Ken Washenik, MD, PhD, FISHRS

Hair Transplant Forum International Editors and Columnists

Editors: Jeffrey S. Epstein, MD, FISHRS; Aditya K. Gupta, MD, PhD, FISHRS [email protected]
Managing Editor, Graphic Design, & Advertising Sales: Cheryl Duckler, +1-262-347-1028, [email protected]
ABHRS President’s Corner: Samuel M. Lam, MD, FISHRS
Controversies: Russell G. Knudsen, MBBS, FISHRS
Conversations with ABHRS Diplomates: Gregory Williams, MBBS, FISHRS
Hair’s the Question: Sara M. Wasserbauer, MD, FISHRS
Hair Sciences: Vladimir Ratushny, MD, PhD
Hear from the Assistants: Marwan Noureldin, MSc
How I Do It: Timothy P. Carman, MD, FISHRS
Literature Review: Aditya K. Gupta, MD, PhD, FISHRS; Nicole E. Rogers, MD, FISHRS
Meeting Review: Rachael L. Kay, MBChB
The Notable Articles Project: Jeffrey S. Epstein, MD, FISHRS; Aditya K. Gupta, MD, PhD, FISHRS
World Congress Program Chair: Marie A. Schambach, MD, FISHRS


International Relations Committee (ISHRS Ambassadors)

This committee is comprised of the ISHRS Ambassadors who are direct liaisons between the Global Council member societies and the ISHRS Board of Governors.

  • 2021 | Ricardo Mejia, MD, Chair [Board Liaison]
  • 2022 | Russell G. Knudsen, MBBS, FISHRS
  • 2023 | M. Humayun Mohmand, MD, FISHRS

ISHRS Europe Council (IEC)

The purpose of this council is to help the ISHRS establish closer cooperation with the European Global Council members to serve hair transplant surgery education as well as the field in general in Europe.

  • 2022 | Bessam Farjo, MBChB, FISHRS (Chair/exp. 2021)
  • 2021 | Francisco Jimenez, MD, FISHRS [Board Liaison]
  • 2021 | Vincenzo Gambino, MD, FISHRS
  • 2021 | Andreas Finner, MD, FISHRS
  • 2022 | George Zontos, MD, MSc, PhD, FISHRS
  • 2023 | Asim Shahmalak, MBBS, FISHRS
  • 2023 | Geza Sikos, MD
  • 2023 | Conradin von Albertini, MD, FISHRS

subcommittee on European Standards

This subcommittee sits under the ISHRS Europe Council. The purpose of this subcommittee is to keep apprised of the relevant information regarding regulations in Europe and to recommend action, as needed, to the Board of Governors as far as the ISHRS is concerned.  This subcommittee is involved in the CEN.

  • Greg Williams, MBBS, FISHRS – Chair, and ISHRS Representative to CEN/TC 403 [Board Liaison]
  • Jean Devroye, MD, FISHRS
  • Ricardo Mejia, MD, Lead Ambassador

Membership Committee

This committee encourages and reviews new member applications.

  • 2023 | Luis A. Nader, MD, Chair – Mexico
  • 2021 | Kayihan Sahinoglu, MD, FISHRS – Turkey
  • 2021 | Ahmed Noreldin, MD, FISHRS – Egypt
  • 2021 | Moon-Kyu Kim, MD, PhD, FISHRS – Korea
  • 2022 | Ozgur Oztan, MD – Turkey
  • 2022 | Mauro Speranzini, MD – Brazil
  • 2022 | Piero Tesauro, MD – Italy
  • 2022 | Hossein Yavari, MD – UAE
  • 2023 | David Deutsch, MD – USA
  • 2023 | Cagatay Sezgin, MD – UAE
  • 2023 | Keimun Slaughter, MD – USA
  • 2023 | Luis Roberto Trivellini, MD – Paraguay
  • SECRETARY:  Bradley R. Wolf, MD, FISHRS [Board Liaison]
  • GC LIAISON:  Ricardo Mejia, MD

Nominating Committee

This committee oversees the nominations process for the Board of Governors.

  • PRESIDENT:  Paul J. McAndrews, MD, FISHRS, Chair [Board Liaison]
  • VICE PRESIDENT:  Nilofer Farjo, MBChB, FISHRS
  • IMM PAST PRESIDENT:   Francisco Jimenez, MD, FISHRS
  • PAST PRESIDENT:  Dow B. Stough, MD
  • PAST PRESIDENT:  James E. Vogel, MD, FISHRS
  • PAST PRESIDENT:  Paul T. Rose, MD, JD, FISHRS
  • PAST PRESIDENT:  Ken Washenik, MD, PhD, FISHRS


Past-Presidents Committee

This committee oversees member memorials and provides as an advisory board for the Board of Governors on an ad hoc basis.

  • Arthur Tykocinski, MD, FISHRS, Chair | 2018-2019
  • Francisco Jimenez, MD, FISHRS | 2019-2020
  • Ken Washenik, MD, PhD, FISHRS | 2016-2017 [Board Liaison]
  • Kuniyoshi Yagyu, MD, FISHRS | 2015-2016
  • Sharon A. Keene, MD, FISHRS | 2014-2015
  • Vincenzo Gambino, MD, FISHRS | 2013-2014
  • Carlos J. Puig, DO, FISHRS | 2012-2013
  • Jennifer H. Martinick, MBBS | 2011-2012
  • Jerry E. Cooley, MD | 2010-2011
  • William M. Parsley, MD, FISHRS | 2008-2009
  • Bessam K. Farjo, MBChB, FISHRS | 2007-2008
  • Paul C. Cotterill, MD, FISHRS | 2006-2007
  • Paul T. Rose, MD, JD, FISHRS | 2005-2006
  • Robert S. Haber, MD, FISHRS | 2002-2003
  • Russell Knudsen, MBBS, FISHRS |1997-1998
  • Robert T. Leonard, Jr., DO, FISHRS | 1995-1996
  • Dow B. Stough, MD | 1993-1994


Pro Bono Committee

This committee oversees the society’s pro bono program Operation Restore.

  • 2021 | Jerzy R. Kolasinski, MD, PhD, FISHRS, Chair
  • 2021 | Mark DiStefano, MD
  • 2021 | Samuel M. Lam, MD, FISHRS
  • 2021 | Akaki Tsilosani, MD, PhD
  • 2021 | Sebastian Yriart, MD
  • 2022 | Felix M. Popescu, MD
  • 2023 | Julieta Peralta Arambulo, MD, FISHRS
  • 2023 | Vikram Jayaprakash, BM
  • 2023 | Salome Vadachkoria, MD
  • Ali Abbasi, MD [Board Liaison]


Scientific Research, Grants, & Awards Committee

This committee oversees the society’s Research Grants program, judging scientific posters, and selection of the Golden and Platinum Follicle Awards.

  • 2021 | Dow B. Stough, MD, Chair
  • 2022 | Jean Devroye, MD, FISHRS
  • 2022 | Jerzy Kolasinski, MD, PhD, FISHRS
  • 2022 | Ronald L. Shapiro, MD, FISHRS
  • 2023 | James Harris, MD, FISHRS
  • 2023 | Francisco Jimenez, MD, FISHRS [Board Liaison]
  • 2023 | Moonkyu Kim, MD, PhD, FISHRS

Surgical Assistants Committee

This committee assists in developing the surgical assistants program and workshop at the World Congress.

  • 2022 | Marwan Noureldin, MSc, Co-Chair
  • 2021 | Laura Krys, Co-Chair
  • 2021 | Laura Burdine
  • 2021 | Sara Roberts, RN
  • 2022 | Tina Lardner
  • 2023 | Fazilah Iqbal, RN
  • 2023 | Keimun Slaughter, MD, SA Resource Center Lead
  • Nilofer Farjo, MBChB, FISHRS [Board Liaison]

Surgical Assistants Awards Committee

This committee oversees the selection of the Distinguished Assistant Award.

To be determined


AD HOC COMMITTEES

Ad Hoc Committee on Preceptorships

This ad hoc committee is charged with: (1) Researching what other societies offer in terms of preceptorships,  what independent individuals are offering in terms of training in hair restoration surgery, and include an assessment of  the quality and accreditation of those programs. (2) If the committee believes that there is a need for the ISHRS to create a new training program or educational offering – possibly preceptorships – which are different and potentially shorter than the classic one-year fellowships now offered, then the committee will develop the concept and present a proposal to the Board of Governors.

  • Anil K. Garg, MBBS, MS, MCh, FISHRS, Chair
  • Marco N. Barusco, MD, FISHRS
  • Patrick Mwamba, MD
  • Jae-Hyun Park, MD, PhD
  • Geza Sikos, MD
  • Robin Unger, MD [Board Liaison]
  • Sebastian Yriart, MD

FUT Guidelines Task Force

This task force is being asked to create FUT Clinical Practice Guidelines.

  • Robin Unger, MD, Chair [Board Liaison]
  • Andreas M. Finner, MD, FISHRS
  • Ali Emre Karadeniz, MD
  • Damkerng Pathomvanich, MD, FISHRS
  • Arthur Tykocinski, MD, FISHRS
  • Craig L. Ziering, DO, FISHRS

Task Force on Artificial Hair Fibers

This task force will review all literature – including positive and negative patient outcomes, complications, as well as current technologies as they pertain to artificial hair fibers – and recommend to the ISHRS Board of Governors a position statement based on the data.

  • Shady El-Maghraby, MD, MSc, FISHRS, Chair [Board Liaison]
  • Vincenzo Gambino, MD, FISHRS
  • Alex Ginzburg, MD, FISHRS
  • Anthony J. Mollura, MD
  • David Perez-Meza, MD, FISHRS
  • Greg Williams, MBBS, FISHRS

Task Force On COVID-19

This task force will monitor the situation, develop resources for members and determine possible strategies for the ISHRS and its members during the time of the COVID-19 crisis.

  • Nilofer Farjo, MBChB, FISHRS, Vice President, CHAIR [Board Liaison]
  • Paul McAndrews, MD, FISHRS, President
  • Bradley R. Wolf, MD, FISHRS, Secretary
  • Kapil Dua, MBBS, MS, FISHRS, Treasurer 
  • Francisco Jimenez, MD, FISHRS, Imm Past President
  • Jeffrey S. Epstein, MD, FISHRS
  • Bessam Farjo, MBChB, FISHRS
  • Vincenzo Gambino, MD, FISHRS
  • Robert S. Haber, MD, FISHRS
  • Sharon A. Keene, MD, FISHRS
  • Russell G. Knudsen, MBBS, FISHRS
  • Jinran Lin, MD, PhD
  • Ricardo Mejia, MD, Lead Ambassador
  • Paul T. Rose, MD, JD, FISHRS
  • Robert H. True, MD, MPH, FISHRS
  • Ken Washenik, MD, PhD, FISHRS
  • Wenyu (William) Wu, MD