ISHRS 2021 CME Webinar

The Patient and Non-surgical Treatments

Registration Fees Per Webinar:

  •          ISHRS Physician Member, $50.00 USD
  •          ISHRS Physician Pending-Member, $75.00 USD
  •          Physician Non Member, $100.00 USD

Program Description

The recorded program will be available for viewing on demand until Dec. 31, 2022.

This 2-hour program is intended for physicians who perform hair transplantation surgery. This webinar is being conducted to provide physicians knowledge on foundational principles related to the evaluation, consultation, and relationship building with patients as well as non-surgical options for the treatment of hair loss. As a result of this activity, learners will be able to describe how to evaluate and assess a patient as well as how to formulate a plan for managing patient expectations. Learners will also be able to discuss non-surgical treatment options, including minoxidil and finasteride, as well as views on PRP for hair loss. The online live component will include presentations, panel discussion, and audience participation via verbal questions and discussion, typing chat Q&A and polling.

Professional Practice Gap

Hair restoration surgeons must be able to properly evaluate a patient for surgery candidacy. In addition to hands-on surgical training, physicians must be able to offer a full treatment plan, inclusive of non-surgical options. The medical treatment of hair loss can include a mix of oral and topical medications and it is important for surgeons to identify proper algorithms to create a medical treatment plan given unique considerations for each patient including gender and degree of baldness. Emerging therapies have limited anecdotal evidence, but not enough support in the larger scientific community to be included as a treatment for hair loss. Surgeons will be presented with the existing evidence and discuss how to ethically present these options to patients. Patients often find information about hair restoration surgery on the internet and approach physicians with what they believe is a surgical plan for their hair loss. Surgeons must be prepared for patients with unrealistic expectations. Role play scenarios will be shared and discussed to empower learners to think through possible situations and refuse surgery when applicable.

Chapter 4: The initial interview and evaluation and Chapter 5: Pharmacotherapy. Hair Transplantation, Unger, W (ed), 5th edition. Informa Healthcare, 2011.

Educational Need

Physicians must be able to understand the full scope of treatments available for hair loss to effectively treat their patients. Developing a treatment plan must include the proper evaluation of the patient’s hair loss, and setting realistic expectations for outcomes. Physicians must also be able to offer non-surgical treatments as an alternative or supplement to surgery. There have been advancements in tools to evaluate hair loss, and avoid mistakes in surgical planning and physicians should have knowledge of these tools. The emotional and psychological needs of patient should be considered throughout consultation and evaluation. Many potential patients have unrealistic expectations for their surgical candidacy, timeline and outcomes, and physicians need to be prepared for these conversations, with appropriate recommendations and a plan to refuse surgery if they feel it inappropriate. There is ongoing discussion about the side effects of the medical treatment of hair loss with drugs like finasteride and minoxidil. Physicians should have knowledge of the efficacy and side effects for their patients. Further, there are many emerging treatments, like PRP, being introduced in hair restoration surgery practices, and practicing surgeons need to understand the scientific evidence that supports and provides critical evaluation of these treatments.

Target Audience and Prerequisites

This webinar is taught at the physician level. It is geared toward intermediate- to advanced-level hair restoration surgeons. 

Learning Objectives

As a result of participating in this activity, the learners should be able to:

  • Describe tools for patient evaluation and assessment.
  • Formulate a plan for managing patient expectations in surgical outcomes.
  • Discuss non-surgical treatment options for hair loss.


Internet/online, via computer or mobile device. 

Official Language

The official language of the webinar is English. Simultaneous interpretation is not provided for this webinar.

Disclosures of Relevant Financial Relationships of Planners, Faculty, and Others

The following individuals have no relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies to disclose:

Conradin von Albertini, MD, FISHRS – Planner
Timothy P. Carman, MD, FISHRS –COI Reviewer
Victoria Ceh, MPA – Planner & Manager
Steven P. Gabel, MD, FISHRS – Planner
Ramon Grimalt, MD – Faculty
Vikram Jayaprakash, BM – Faculty
Rita Kaufman – Planner & Manager
Jennifer Krejci, MD – Faculty
Matthew Lopresti, MD – Planner
Mario Marzola, MBBS – Faculty
Paul J. McAndrews, MD, FISHRS – COI Reviewer
Masahisa Nagai, MD – Planner
Ratchathorn Panchaprateep, MD, PhD, FISHRS – Planner
Bruce Reith, MD – Faculty
Antonio S. Ruston, MD – Faculty
Dow B. Stough, MD – Faculty
Melanie Stancampiano – Planner & Manager
Mark Waldman, MD – Planner
Sara M. Wasserbauer, MD, FISHRS – Faculty

The following individuals have relevant financial relationships:

Robert S. Haber, MD, FISHRS – Planner & Faculty
Ellis Instruments, Inc: Royalty, patent or other IP
Transdermal Cap Inc.: Consultant/Advisory Board

James A. Harris, MD, FISHRS – Planner & Faculty
Restoration Robotics: Consultant/Advisory Board

All of the relevant financial relationships listed for these individuals have been mitigated.

Commercial Support



The webinar content has been made available by the ISHRS for educational purposes only. The content is not intended to represent the only, nor necessarily the best, method or procedure appropriate for the medical situations discussed, but rather is intended to present views, statements, and opinions that may be of interest to others. The views expressed herein are those of the individual authors and not necessarily those of the ISHRS. The ISHRS assumes no responsibility or liability in connection with your use or misuse of the webinar content or any materials or techniques described in the content, and it makes no warranty or representation as to the validity or sufficiency of any information provided. 

Questions: Learners may contact the ISHRS Headquarters with questions about this activity at phone +1-800-444-2737 or +1-630-262-5399, or fax +1-630-262-1520, or email: [email protected]