Unlike other surgical specialties, the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) doesn’t certify hair transplant surgeons. However, a qualified, well-trained hair transplant doctorwill be a member of the American Board of Hair Restoration Surgeons (ABHRS), which is recognized by the ABMS. The ABHRS is also the only certification recognized by the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery, the largest hair restoration education association in the world.
Dr. Mark DiStefano serves on the board of the ABHRS.
In your search for the best hair transplant doctor, you want one who is ABHRS certified because they are required to take 100 hours of continuing medical education every three years, half of which must be in the field of hair restoration.
In order to assure that the best hair restoration practices are adhered to, ABHRS members must take an extensive exam every ten years.
The ABHRS also evaluates the doctors practice performance by monitoring patient outcomes. They even contact 24 patients and ask them to take a three-week postoperative survey, followed by a one-year follow-up survey. The survey evaluates each procedure and its outcome, but it also evaluates the surgeon and his or her medical staff.
While the ABHRS can’t assure you that you have found the best hair transplant doctor it is certainly the best place to go when you start to look.