ISHRS Legal Update: Hair Restoration Surgery Should Only Be Performed By Qualified Physicians

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On January 31, 2020, the New York State Board for Professional Medical Conduct (the “Board”) issued a Consent Agreement charging Dr. Dennis Daly with committing professional misconduct under N.Y. Educ. Law § 6530(25) for allegedly allowing unqualified and unlicensed individuals to perform a hair transplant procedure at the SNY Surgery Center in 2017. Dr. Daly did not contest the allegations and agreed to the penalties imposed by the Board.

Effective February 7, 2020, the Board suspended Dr. Daly’s medical license for a period of three-years (which suspension was stayed) and placed him on probation for 36 months. Under the Consent Order, Dr. Daly also agreed to dissolve the SNY Surgery Center and is precluded from performing cosmetic surgeries, cosmetic treatments, and cosmetic injections, including hair transplants, at any time he is licensed to practice medicine in the state of New York. In addition, he may practice medicine only with a medical monitor, board certified in the appropriate specialty.

This decision is consistent with the ISHRS policy that hair restoration surgery should only be performed by qualified physicians who possess education, training, and current competency in the field of hair restoration surgery or other licensed health care professionals who are properly trained, performing the procedure within their scope of practice, and supervised by a qualified and experienced physician.

Information for this article was obtained from the Board’s Consent Agreement. ISHRS has not contacted the Board, Dr. Daly, or his attorney for further comment.

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