Follicular Unit Excision (FUE) Research

Welcome to the FUE Research page! The content on this page is overseen by the FUE Advancement Committee. The purpose of the FUE Advancement Committee which is chaired by James A. Harris, MD, FISHRS, is to establish quality control, improve FUE procedures and outcomes, and to educate.  There are three subcommittees that comprise the committee: the FUE Literature Review Subcommittee, the FUE Studies Subcommittee, and the FUE Terminology Subcommittee.


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FUE Literature Review Subcommittee: Aditya Gupta, MD, PhD, FISHRS – Chair

The ISHRS FUE Advancement Committee is pleased to announce that the efforts in collecting FUE-related research and publications from the ISHRS Forum, relevant journals and the abstracts from the ISHRS scientific meetings have resulted in an annotated bibliography available to members. The collection of citations spans from 2009 to 2016.


PubMed Articles (2009-2018)


Hair Transplant Forum International Articles (2009-2018)


This annotated bibliography will be kept current through the ongoing efforts of Dr. Aditya Gupta, chairman of the FUE Literature Review Subcommittee, and his team.


FUE Studies Subcommittee: Ken L. Williams, Jr. DO, FISHRS – Chair

The FUE Studies Subcommittee is looking for ISHRS Physician Members to participate as co-investigators in the studies noted below. Click the study titles below to review the protocols. If you are interested or would like more information, please contact the Lead Investigator. In your correspondence, (1) identify your knowledge and experience in FUE graft harvesting, (2) describe your expertise as it relates to the specific study in which you are interested, and (3) confirm that you are able to enroll at least 10 patients into the study protocol over a 12-month period (required).


Study: FUE vs. Strip Survival
Lead Investigator: James A. Harris, MD, FISHRS
The purpose of the study is to compare survival rate of follicles by FUE and strip excision.


Study: Implanter vs. Forceps
Lead Investigator: Parsa Mohebi, MD, FISHRS
The purpose of this study is to compare the survival rate of FUE grafts implanted by implanter in comparison to FUE grafts implanted by forceps.


Study: Comparison of Out of Body Time of Grafts with the Overall Survival and Growth Rates in FUE
Lead Investigator: Kapil Dua, MBBS, MS, FISHRS
The intent of this study is to compare the out of body time duration of grafts with the hair survival and the growth rate of the grafts at 1, 3, 6 and 12 months after the transplant.


FUE Terminology Subcommittee: 

The FUE Terminology Subcommittee created standardization of the terminology used in FUE. The Subcommittee, and hence the authors of the articles noted below, consisted of: José Lorenzo, MD, Madrid, Spain; Jean M. Devroye, MD, Brussels, Belgium; Robert H. True, MD, New York, New York, USA; and John P. Cole, MD Alpharetta, Georgia, USA. We gratefully thank these physicians for their diligent and detailed work. Below are links to articles published in the ISHRS Hair Transplant Forum International: Terminology Subcommittee created standardization of the terminology used in FUE.  Below are links to articles published in the ISHRS Hair Transplant Forum International:


Part I: Published in Volume Number: 23
Issue Number: 5
Published Date: September/October 2013


Part II: Published in Volume Number: 23
Issue Number: 6
Published Date: November/December 2013


Part III: Published in Volume Number: 24
Issue Number: 3
Published Date: May/June 2014


Part IV: Published in Volume Number: 26 – Correction on CFGE & CFGA
Issue Number: 1
Published Date: January/February 2016


FUE Redfined – “FUExcision”
January 2018