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GENEVA, IL (November 8, 2016) — Four clinical professionals received honors for outstanding contributions to the profession of hair restoration surgery during the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS) 24th World Congress (Las Vegas, Nev., USA) in October 2016.  More than 800 physicians and surgical assistants from across the world attended the event where hair restoration professionals and hair loss experts discuss the latest research and newest surgical techniques and applications to treat hair loss.

“We proudly recognize the accomplishments of this year’s award recipients,” said Kuniyoshi Yagyu, MD, ISHRS Immediate Past President. “These esteemed individuals truly represent the ISHRS’s dedication to excellence in patient outcomes by promoting the highest standards of practice, ethics, and research in the medical hair restoration industry.  This is especially important as consumers face an increasing trend of poor outcomes due to hair restoration surgery being performed by unlicensed technicians rather than credentialed physicians.”

Paul Straub, MD, FISHRS, received the highest honor, The Manfred Lucas Award, recognizing lifetime achievement for excellence in knowledge and surgical skill as well as career-long contributions to maintaining the highest ethical standards.  With a 44-year career in hair restoration, Straub was one of ISHRS’s founding members, a member of its first board of directors (established in 1993,) author of the original bylaws and code of ethics (adopted by many other international societies) and the organization’s second president.  In addition to hosting a 2006 workshop on eyelash surgery (one of the ISHRS’ first regional events), he has written many scientific papers and three chapters in two hair restoration surgery textbooks. Straub is a fellow of the American College of Surgery and a member of many international societies of hair restoration surgery.  His office is in Torrance, California.

The 2016 Golden Follicle Award recipient is James E. Vogel, MD, FISHRS, who is recognized as a respected educator and clinician who serves as associate professor in the department of plastic surgery at The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.  He has contributed to numerous journals and textbooks in hair restoration surgery and, in the 1980s, became one of the nation’s first physicians to incorporate a hair restoration surgery team into a general plastic surgery practice.  He served on the first ISHRS board of governors and as its president in 1997. Dr Vogel is credited with developing the idea for an ISHRS Scientific Committee and originated the concept for the Golden and Platinum Follicle Awards in 1994. With an Owings Mills, Maryland-based practice, he frequently lectures on advanced surgical techniques such as repair of older and non-aesthetic hair transplants, and management of difficult and problem cases.   He also treats patients in ISHRS’s Operation Restore, a program that matches hair loss patients who lack resources with volunteer ISHRS members who perform pro bono surgery.

Gholamali Abbasi, MD, recipient of this year’s Platinum Follicle Award, has continually learned and offered the most up-to-date surgical techniques since starting practice in 1993. He currently performs follicular unit grafting using both strip surgery and follicular unit extraction. A board-certified dermatologist in Tehran, Iran, he regularly attends and teaches at conferences and workshops throughout the world, with valuable contributions to 13 ISHRS meetings since 2001. He has served in leadership positions for the American Board of Hair Restoration and the Asian Association of Hair Restoration Surgery.  Dr. Abbasi has special interest in cicatricial alopecia and published research about prevention of post-operative oedema.  Since introducing the Abbasi solution in 2004, the formula is now used in standard practice worldwide. Recently he introduced a new clinical entity, lichen planopilaris mimicking androgenetic alopecia, published by dermatologic surgery journal in 2016.

Brandi Burgess was honored with the 2016 Distinguished Assistant Award for exemplary service and outstanding accomplishments as an assistant.  A member of the ISHRS for nearly 15 years, she formerly chaired the ISHRS Surgical Assistants’ program and is a regular speaker and teacher for assistants’ programs.  Burgess, who assists Jerry Cooley, MD, in Charlotte, North Carolina, has a keen desire to help others improve their knowledge and skills and has volunteered for numerous educational projects of the ISHRS Assistants section.
About the ISHRS

The International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS) is a global non-profit medical association and the leading authority on hair loss treatment and restoration with more than 1,200 members throughout 70 countries worldwide. Above all, the ISHRS is dedicated to achieving excellence in patient outcomes by promoting the highest standards of medical practice, medical ethics, and research in the medical hair restoration industry. The ISHRS also provides continuing medical education to physicians specializing in hair transplant surgery and is committed to delivering the latest information on medical and surgical treatments to consumers suffering from hair loss, and most commonly from androgenetic alopecia – male pattern baldness and female pattern hair loss. It was founded in 1993 as the first international society to promote continuing quality improvement and education for professionals in the field of hair restoration surgery. For more information and to locate a physician, visit www.ishrs.org.

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