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The International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery is a non-profit medical association composed of more than 1,000 members who specialize in hair loss treatments and restoration.

Since its incorporation in 1993, a renaissance in hair transplantation surgery was set into motion by the ISHRS. The multidisciplinary, international membership of the ISHRS became a critical mass for an explosion of innovation in hair transplantation surgery. The Society’s annual World Congress is a highlight of the year, where the top minds in hair restoration surgery come together.

Who We Are

The ISHRS is an international, non-profit medical society comprised of over 1,000 members representing 70 countries – dedicated to promulgating the highest standards of medical practice and medical ethics. Member categories include fellow, member, associate member, adjunct (researchers), residents, and surgical assistants. Since its incorporation in 1993, a renaissance in hair restoration surgery was set into motion by the ISHRS. The multidisciplinary, international membership of the ISHRS is a critical mass for innovation in hair restoration surgery.

The ISHRS provides continuing medical education to physicians and fosters an environment of open dialogue, sharing, and collegiality. The ISHRS gives the public the latest information on medical and surgical treatments for hair loss. The ISHRS is accredited by the Accreditation Council on Continuing Medical Education and is a member of the American Medical Association’s House of Delegates. The ISHRS hosts the Global Council of Hair Restoration Surgery Societies which is comprised of the regional and national hair restoration surgery societies around the world.

The primary educational offerings include the Annual World Congress which rotates the globe, the ISHRS’s publication, Hair Transplant Forum International, which is published 6 times per year, the Orlando Live Surgery Workshop, regional workshops, and online webinars and products.

The ISHRS also coordinates an annual Newcomers Program as well as a Fellowship Training Program. In addition, the ISHRS has published and maintains the Core Curriculum in Hair Restoration Surgery, and the Core Competencies for Hair Restoration Surgeons. The ISHRS also provides annual research grants to relevant clinical research projects directed toward the subject of hair restoration.

The ISHRS’s pro bono program, Operation Restore, was initiated in 2004 and matches volunteer ISHRS physicians with prospective hair restoration patients suffering from hair loss as a result of trauma or disease who lack the resources to obtain treatment on their own. The program has provided over $800,000 USD of free surgery and travel expenses.

Benefits of ISHRS membership

  • REDUCED REGISTRATION FEES for ISHRS World Congresses, live surgery workshops, online webinars, and other educational programs and products
  • ISHRS Members are eligible to register their surgical assistants and office staff for the ISHRS World Congress
  • Subscription to the bi-monthly newsletter, HAIR TRANSPLANT FORUM INTERNATIONAL
  • Access to the online FORUM ePub
  • Subscription to the peer-reviewed journal, DERMATOLOGIC SURGERY, and electronic journal, DRUGS IN DERMATOLOGY (physicians only)
  • Opportunities to earn CONTINUING MEDICAL EDUCATION (CME) credits – AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™
  • Eligibility for research grants
  • Special rates on textbooks
  • – A comprehensive informational website on hair loss and restoration. Free listing with Physician Profile for (full ) Member and Fellow physician members. Access to Members Only section full of resources and free educational surgical videos, recorded lectures, and more.
  • UNIFIED PUBLIC RELATIONS effort to increase the public’s perception and awareness of hair restoration surgery
  • A team of leaders, volunteers and staff dedicated to making the ISHRS a valuable resource to the profession.

Categories of Membership

There are several categories of membership and different classes among the physician categories. Most new applicants begin as Associate Members, and then after completing additional educational requirements may elevate their membership to full Member category or Fellow Member (FISHRS) category.

How to Apply for Membership

Apply for Membership

To apply to become a member of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery:

  1. Click on the orange button below to watch the New Member Video
  2. Jot down the password at the end of the New Member Video
  3. Open the Membership Application
  4. Enter the password when prompted
  5. Return your completed application including your application fee, medical license, C.V., and the cover page to [email protected]. Applications for Associate Member do not require a letter of recommendation. Applications for ‘full’ Member require one letter of recommendation from an ISHRS ‘full’ Member or Fellow Member.

Two deadlines for 2023 Applications: January 20, 2023 & July 20, 2023

Applications received by January 20, 2023, will be voted upon in April 2023. Applicants approved will be pro-rated for 2023 membership dues.

Applications received by July 20, 2023, will be voted upon in November 2023. Applicants approved will be invoiced for 2024 membership dues.

Applications received after July 20, 2023 will be voted upon in April 2024.

Supporting Documents

Letter of Recommendation Template
List of ISHRS Approved Meetings to Meet Additional Minimum Educational Requirement