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What is a "Board-Certified" Hair Doctor?

Dr. Alan Bauman is a Diplomate of the American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery

I'm often asked by hair loss patients, journalists, and medical colleagues, "What is a 'Board-Certified' Hair Restoration Physician?"   Many patients mistakenly expect their local dermatologist to be a hair loss expert, however sadly your dermatologist may not be well-versed in the rapidly changing medical specialty of Hair Restoration.   Most people (doctors included!) have never heard of a board-certified physician who has specialized specifically in the treatment of hair loss, so they rightfully want to know... What are the qualifications and certifications that are associated with such a title? 

As a proud 'Diplomate' (board-certified member) of the American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery and International Board of Hair Restoration Surgery, I'm happy to announce that we've received a 'formal' statement this week from the American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery which clarifies much of the confusion...



The American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery/International Board of Hair Restoration Surgery (ABHRS/IBHRS) is the largest worldwide entity to have established standards for certification for education, training and experience in Hair Restoration Surgery.  Physicians who are eligible to apply for ABHRS/IBHRS certification have demonstrated the accumulation of significant experience in the field of Hair Restoration Surgery and have all shown a commitment to high standards of training and education.  Those who have achieved certification have demonstrated advanced knowledge in the art and science of hair restoration through peer-reviewed examination.  While there is currently no American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) certification specific to hair restoration, the ABHRS/IBHRS is the only certification recognized by the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery, the largest hair restoration educational organization in the world.

Currently, there are approximately one-hundred physicians worldwide who have completed the rigorous requirements and examinations in order to achieve certification from the ABHRS/IBHRS.


Alan J. Bauman, M.D.

"Dr. Alan Bauman is a board-certified Diplomate of the American and International Board of Hair Restoration Surgery"

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