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STANDING COMMITTEES 2021-2022 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 | Sara Wasserbauer, MD, FISHRS | USA
  • Focused Session Chair | Jae-Hyun Park, MD, PhD | Korea
  • M&M Chair | Christopher M. D’Souza, MBBS | United Kingdom
  • M&M Co-Chair| Nestor A. Pissano, MD | Spain
  • Live Patient Viewing Chair | Henrique N. Radwanski, MD | Brazil
  • Live Patient Viewing Co-Chair | Sebastián Yriart, MD | Argentina
  • Advanced Board Review Course | Georgios Zontos, MD, MSc, PhD, FISHRS | Denmark
  • Advanced Board Review Course Co-Chair | Steven Gabel, MD, FISHRS | USA
  • Basics Course Chair | Jennifer Krejci, MD | USA
  • Basics Course Co-Chair | Otavio Boaventura, MD | Brazil
  • Newcomers Chair | Marcio Crisostomo, MD, FISHRS | Brazil
  • Surgical Assistants Co-Chair | Laureen Gorham, RN | USA
  • Surgical Assistants Co-Chair | Laura Krys, RN | Spain
  • Immediate Past Chair | Marie Schambach, MD, FISHRS | Guatemala
  • Chief COVID Officer | David Perez-Meza, Lt Col Ret, MD, FISHRS | Mexico
  • COVID Officer | Ken Washenik, MD, PhD, FISHRS | USA

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 Chair

  • 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 
  • 2023 | Hossein Yavari, MD
  • 2021 | Ricardo Mejia, MD (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
  • 2022 | Timothy P. Carman, MD, FISHRS
  • 2022 | Rachael L. Kay, MBChB
  • 2023 | Michael Markou, DO, Ambassadors for Patient Safety Subcommittee Chair
  • 2022 | Marwan Noureldin, MSc
  • VICE PRESIDENT:  Kapil Dua, MBBS, MS, 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 | Ricardo Mejia, MD, Chair [Board Liaison]
  • 2024 | Muhammad Jawad Chaudhry, MBBS | Pakistan
  • 2023 | Shady El-Maghraby, MD, MSc, FISHRS
  • 2022 | Jennifer H. Martinick, MBBS, FISHRS
  • 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
  • 2022 | Blake Bloxham, DO
  • 2023 | Scott L. Darling, DO
  • 2023 | Rana M. Irfan, MBBS, FISHRS
  • 2024 | Jinran Lin, MD, PhD
  • 2024 | Emorane C. Lapanzula, MD
  • 2023 | Ruban S. Nathan, MBBCh
  • Board Liaison: Shady El-Maghraby, MD, MSc, FISHRS

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.

  • 2024 | Ratchathorn Panchaprateep, MD, PhD, FISHRS, Chair
  • 2024 | Waris Anwar, MBBS, FISHRS
  • 2023 | James A. Harris, MD, FISHRS
  • 2024 | Conradin von Albertini, MD, FISHRS [Board Liaison]
  • 2024 | Steven Gabel, MD, 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 | Marie A. Schambach, MD, FISHRS, Chair
  • 2024 | Bruno F. Ferreira, MD
  • 2024 | Matt Lopresti, DO
  • Board Liaison: Robert S. Haber, MD, FISHRS

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]
  • 2024 | David Perez-Meza, MD, FISHRS
  • 2024 | Piero Tesauro, MD
  • 2024 | Luis Roberto Trivellini, MD

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.

  • 2022 | Vikram Jayaprakash, BM, Chair
  • 2023 | Hossein Yavari, MD
  • 2024 | Rahil Roopani, MD
  • Board Liaison: Paul J. McAndrews, MD, FISHRS

Fellowship Training Committee

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

  • 2024 | Mohammad Humayun Mohmand, MD, FISHRS, Chair
  • 2023 | Taleb Barghouthi, MD
  • 2022 | Seema Garg, MBBS, MSc, FISHRS
  • 2022 | Francisco Jimenez, MD, FISHRS
  • 2023 | David S. Josephitis, DO, FISHRS
  • 2024 | Natalie Kash, MD
  • 2024 | Kongkiat Laorwong, MD, FISHRS
  • 2022 | Patrick Mwamba, MD
  • 2023 | Masahisa Nagai, MD, FISHRS
  • 2022 | Board Liaison: Robin Unger, MD
  • 2024 | Anastasios Vekris, MD

Finance Committee

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

  • Ricardo Mejia, MD, Chair (Treasurer) [Board Liaison]
  • Nilofer Farjo, MBChB, FISHRS (President)
  • Kapil Dua, MBBS, MS, FISHRS (Vice President)
  • Robert T. Leonard, Jr., DO, FISHRS (Board member)
  • Robin Unger, 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: Timothy P. Carman, 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
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: Sara M. Wasserbauer, 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.

  • 2022 | Russell G. Knudsen, MBBS, FISHRS, Chair [Board Liaison]
  • 2023 | Vincenzo Gambino, MD, FISHRS
  • 2024 | Paul C. Cotterill, MD, BSc, 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.

  • 2023 | Bessam Farjo, MBChB, FISHRS (Chair/exp. 2022)
  • 2022 | Francisco Jimenez, MD, FISHRS
  • 2022 | Vincenzo Gambino, MD, FISHRS
  • 2022 | Andreas Finner, MD, FISHRS
  • 2023| George Zontos, MD, MSc, PhD, FISHRS
  • 2024| Asim Shahmalak, MBBS, FISHRS
  • 2024 | Geza Sikos, MD
  • 2024 | Conradin von Albertini, MD, FISHRS [Board Liaison]

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
  • Russell Knudsen, MBBS, FISHRS, Lead Ambassador

Membership Committee

This committee encourages and reviews new member applications.

  • 2023 | Luis A. Nader, MD, FISHRS Chair – Mexico
  • 2023 | David Deutsch, MD – USA
  • 2023 | Mark S. DiStefano, MD, FISHRS – USA
  • 2023 | Andrei Doroshkevich, MD – Russia
  • 2024 | Bruno Pinto Goncalves, MD, MSc – Portugal 
  • 2022 | Ozgur Oztan, MD – Turkey
  • 2024 | Mayank Singh, MBBS, MS, MCh – India
  • 2022 | Mauro Speranzini, MD, FISHRS – Brazil
  • 2022 | Piero Tesauro, MD – Italy
  • 2024 | Rattapon Thuangtong, MD – Thailand
  • 2023 | Luis Roberto Trivellini, MD, FISHRS – Paraguay
  • 2024 | Ummer Yaseen, MD – India
  • 2022 | Hossein Yavari, MD – UAE
  • SECRETARY:  Bradley R. Wolf, MD, FISHRS [Board Liaison]
  • GC LIAISON:  Russell Knudsen, MBBS, FISHRS

Nominating Committee

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

  • PRESIDENT:  Nilofer Farjo, MBChB, FISHRS, Chair [Board Liaison]
  • VICE PRESIDENT:  Kapil Dua, MBBS, MS, FISHRS
  • IMM PAST PRESIDENT:   Paul J. McAndrews, MD, FISHRS
  • PAST PRESIDENT:  Dow B. Stough, MD
  • PAST PRESIDENT:  Paul T. Rose, MD, JD, FISHRS
  • PAST PRESIDENT:  Ken Washenik, MD, PhD, FISHRS
  • PAST PRESIDENT:  Sharon A. Keene, MD, 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.

  • Francisco Jimenez, MD, FISHRS, Chair | 2019-2020
  • Paul McAndrews, MD, FISHRS | 2020-2021
  • Arthur Tykocinski, MD, FISHRS | 2018-2019
  • 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.

  • 2024 | Felix M. Popescu, MD, Chair
  • 2022 | Mark DiStefano, MD
  • 2023 | Vikram Jayaprakash, BM
  • 2024 | Malgorzata Kolenda, MD PhD, FISHRS 
  • 2024 | Ganesh Krishnan, MD, FISHRS
  • 2024 | Daniel J. Lee, MD
  • 2023 | Julieta Peralta Arambulo, MD, FISHRS
  • 2024 | Arvind Poswal, MBBS
  • 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.

  • 2024 | Francisco Jimenez, MD, FISHRS, Chair
  • 2022 | Jean Devroye, MD, FISHRS
  • 2023 | James Harris, MD, FISHRS
  • 2023 | Moonkyu Kim, MD, PhD, FISHRS 
  • 2022 | Jerzy Kolasinski, MD, PhD, FISHRS
  • 2022 | Ronald L. Shapiro, MD, FISHRS
  • 2024 | Robert H. True, MD, MPH, FISHRS
  • Board Liaison: Marcelo Pitchon, MD

Surgical Assistants Committee

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

  • 2024 | Laureen Gorham, RN, Co-Chair
  • 2022 | Laura Krys, RN, Co-Chair
  • 2022 | Tina Lardner
  • 2024 | Kathryn M. Morgan
  • 2022 | Sara Roberts, RN
  • Board Liaison: Mauro Speranzini, MD, FISHRS

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
  • Alex Ginzburg, 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

Women in ISHRS Task Force (WISHRS)

This task force is charged to look at needs specific to women physicians in hair restoration surgery and determine if a permanent committee is required

  • Aman Dua, MBBS, MD, FISHRS, Chair
  • Seema Garg, MBBS, MSc, FISHRS
  • Rachael L. Kay, MBChB
  • Nicole E. Rogers, MD, FISHRS
  • Sara L. Salas, MD
  • Marie A. Schambach, MD, FISHRS
  • Board Liaison: Nilofer Farjo, MBChB, FISHRS