Meet Our Faculty Speakers

Dr. Sanusi Umar, Workshop Chairman

Dr. Sanusi Umar (Dr. U), a fellow of The American Academy of Dermatology and a diplomat of the American Board of Dermatology, is a pioneer in the world of FUE hair restoration. His research, publications, and patents have resulted in several seminal developments in the field of hair restoration. Some of which include the new technologies and concepts of FUE that result in more efficient and consistent extraction of quality grafts and the minimization of donor footprint in all scenarios including head body and beard donor areas of all people of the world. His work and patents have led to the development of the UGraft® Zeus system which together with its “Intelligent Punch™is the world’s first universal FUE harvester. Dr. U developed this tool in a bid to solve the last frontier problem of Afro-textured hair FUE which was the most vexing problem in the field. In the process of solving this problem, Dr. U solved all birthed the Zeus which is capable of all FUE scenarios using a single punch design. Other areas of pioneering work include keloids, scarring alopecias, acne keloidalis nuchae, and regenerative medicine and non-pharmaceutical treatment alternatives for hair loss. Dr. U's work on patients with especially challenging skin and hair types, as well as repair procedures performed on severely scarred, donor-depleted individuals, is backed up by years of experience practicing his craft. Dr. U is the owner of Dr. U Skin and Hair clinic in Manhattan Beach, California, and an associate faculty at Departments of medicine (Dermatology Div) of both the University of California (UCLA ), Los Angeles as well as Harbor-UCLA, Torrance California. He has orchestrated very well-received seminars similar to our upcoming course, sponsored by Dr.UGraft™ Zeus. He looks forward to sharing what he has learned with his peers and colleagues in the field.

Dr. Alex González

Dr. Alejandro González is the Director and founder of Mxcapilar. He is a hair restoration surgeon with more than 6 years of experience in the field. He is currently an active member of SILATC (Ibero-Latin American Society for Hair Transplantation), which belongs to the ISHRS (International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery) and the European Society of FUE. He is a specialist in the hair restoration techniques of FUE, FUSS and Body hair transplant, and is one of the pioneers in stem cell treatment in capillary restoration in Mexico.

Dr. Ken Williams

Dr. Williams is an author, researcher, internationally renowned hair surgeon, and lecturer in hair loss surgery and hair loss disorders. He is Diplomate of the American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery, member and Fellow of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery. He primarily practices as a hair restoration surgeon and physician offering medical and surgical treatment for hair loss disorders for men and women. He has been practicing medicine, surgery, and cosmetic surgical care in Orange County since 1986, and is a native and lifelong resident of Orange County. He completed his undergraduate premedical studies in 1980 at the University of California, Irvine; and graduated from medical school in 1984 from the Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, California.

Dr. Ricardo Mejia

Ricardo Mejia M.D., FAAD is a Board Certified dermatologist, Mohs skin cancer surgeon, and hair transplant specialist in Jupiter, Florida. His mission is to provide the very best of dermatology and hair restoration in the most professional and caring environment. Dr. Mejia has extensive training: a degree in biomedical engineering, fellowship in hair transplantation surgery, and graduating from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and the University of Kansas Medical Center Dermatology Residency Program. He is a member of a variety of distinguished societies including the American Academy of Dermatology, International Society for Hair Restoration Surgeons, American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, American Society for Mohs Surgery, American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery, and Florida Society of Dermatologic Surgeons.

Dr. Otavio Boaventura

Board Certified Brazilian Plastic Surgeon and an expert in FUE and FUT hair transplants. Otavio Boaventura has been practicing medicine for over 20 years and has been an innovative mind in the field of hair transplantation. He was the first hair surgeon to publish and describe the long-hair FUE technique without shaving hair. He is a member of several important societies, ISHRS, Brazilian Society of Plastic Surgery, Brazilian Association of Hair Surgery and Restoration.

Dr. Juan Maldonado

Dr. Juan Maldonado received his medical degree from the Colombian National University (1987-93), after which he completed his plastic surgery residency in Antioquia University (1994-98). He has been in private practice since 1998. Dr. Maldonado’s practice is currently in Medellín city, where he is recognized for his expertise in hair restoration by combining a variety of surgical procedures and medical treatments. He is member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS), International Society Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS) And diplómate of the American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery (ABHRS).

Dr. Özlem Biçer

Dr. Ozlem Bicer was accepted to Trakya University Medical Faculty in 1992. In her time at University, she believed that her profession should give people what they need, deserve, and what they desire: “Health.” After learning about aesthetics, she trained in Paris, the capital of beauty. After training in Europe, she opened the Dr. Özlem Biçer Clinic in Turkey. Dr. Biçer has tried to train as many people as possible, presenting a medical program on national television for over three years to thousands of doctors and specialists in different fields of medicine. In her clinic, Dr. Biçer continues to serve the health of people from all over the world with a team of experts and professional translators dedicated to their satisfaction.

Dr. Özgür Öztan

Dr. Özgür Öztan was one of the first physicians performing FUE hair transplant (Follicular Unit Extraction) in Turkey. In 2002, Dr. Öztan founded the Hairline Clinic in Ankara for high-level hair transplants on patients worldwide, regularly granting solid and substantial quality with outstanding results. Dr. Özgür has gained a high reputation in the hair transplant industry by achieving outstanding and natural results with a rising number of patients. Dr. Özgür is especially known for his talent and skills with BHT (Body Hair Transplantation) making him one of the leading experts within Europe.

Dr. Rattapon Thuangtong

Assistant Professor, Head of Division of Hair Disorders and Hair Transplantation, Department of Dermatology, Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University, Thailand. 1999 Board of Internal Medicine, 1999-2003 Board of Dermatology, 2003-2008 Dermatology Fellowship, University of California at Los Angeles, USA(Hair transplantation, Hair transplantation for Gene therapy, Bioluminescence) 2009 Dermatology Fellowship, University of Pennsylvania, USA (Hair disorders, Laser-Cosmetic dermatology).

Dr. Achiamah Osei-Tutu

Dr. Achiamah Osei-Tutu, MD, FAAD is a board-certified dermatologist specializing in hair restoration, aesthetic, medical, and surgical skincare. While being well experienced in all aspects of dermatology, she has extensive training specifically in hair loss disorders and hair restoration. She has been devoted to hair loss education- speaking at hair shows, putting together hair loss educational symposia, and partnering with stylists in New York. Dr. Osei-Tutu has a special interest in skin of color and the specific issues that affect melanin-rich skin. Dr. Osei-Tutu is sensitive to issues of multi-ethnic skin and is committed to providing her patients with personalized care. She is an associate member of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgeons.

Dr. Maria Marta Zollinger

Dr. Zollinger received her medical degree from Escola Bahiana de Medicina e Saúde Pública in 1989. She did her General Surgery residency at Hospital Manoel Vitorino in Salvador Brazil, followed by her Plastic Surgery residency at Hospital São Rafael (1993-1995). She attended the Clinica Planas in Barcelona, Spain as an observer for four months. She is a Specialist in Plastic Surgery, recognized by the Brazilian Society of Plastic Surgery.

Dr. Antonella Tosti, Guest Speaker

Dr. Antonella Tosti, an Italian physician and scientist, has been the force behind groundbreaking contributions to the field of dermatology, including the discovery of a new hair disorder often referred to as "Tosti Alopecia." Dr. Tosti is also the medical resident advisor for DS Healthcare Group/DS Laboratories. She is the author of Dermoscopy of Hair and Scalp Disorders, one of the first publications of its kind. Dr. Tosti is also the author or co-author of numerous dermatological monographs and book chapters and is a member of the North American Hair Research Society. As a founding member and past president of The European Hair Research Society, Dr. Tosti is recognized globally as a leading authority and expert in hair disorders. She has authored over 650 scientific publications, 6 academic textbooks on hair disorders and numerous dermatological monographs.

Dr. Tayfun Oğuzoğlu

Dr. Tayfun Oğuzoğlu graduated from Gazi University Faculty of Medicine, Ankara, Turkey, in 1990. He is one of the most recognized hairs transplant surgeon’s specialists, holding the ABHRS and FISHRS. He is a member of multiple hair restoration societies (ISHRS, IAHRS, TSHRS), where he performed numerous positions and received several awards. Dr. Tayfun Oğuzoğlu actively promotes higher standards in the hair transplant field and contributes to the development and spread of FUE hair transplant procedures. At Dr. Hair Transplant Clinics, Dr. Oğuzoğlu uses the latest technology FUE devices.

Dr. Miguel Martí

Dr. Miguel Martí is a dermatologist and specialist in clinical and surgical trichology (recovery and hair surgery). He is the creator of the First Conference on Medical Trichology and Capillary Health for Latin America and the Caribbean, an event held annually for educational purposes. Currently, he is a member of the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) and the Ibero-Latin American College of Dermatology (CILAD). Dr. Martí is interested in scientific development and medical - pharmacological - therapeutic news, which has led him to include medical research in his daily routine by carrying out several studies on topics including androchronogenetic alopecia and alopecia areata.

Dr. Paul Rose

Dr. Paul Rose has over 20 years of experience in hair restoration and is recognized internationally for achieving natural hair transplantation results. He is Past President and Board Member of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery and has served as a trustee of the Hair Foundation, American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery and the Cosmetic Surgery Foundation. Dr. Rose is certified by the American Board of Dermatology and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology and the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery. He has served on the clinical faculty of the University of South Florida. He is active in hair loss research and has published numerous articles on medical and surgical hair restoration. Dr. Rose developed the “ledge” trichophytic closure technique which minimizes donor scars by directing hair to grow through the line where the donor strip was taken. He is a recipient of the ISHRS Golden Follicle Award presented for outstanding and significant clinical contributions to the field of hair restoration.

Dr. Kaan Pekiner

Born in Ankara, Turkey, Dr. Kaan Pekiner has contributed much to his local community on the art of hair transplantation and restoration. He graduated from the Academy of Military Medicine Gulhane which he then went to serve as a military doctor in the Turkish Army for many years. After this experience, he decided to focus his career on hair transplantation. Since then, Dr. Kaan gained skills in some of the best Turkish clinics improving his ability in hair transplant with the manual FUE technique. He has performed countless FUE hair transplants and has gained the respect of all his patients and colleagues. He is a member of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery and has given many conferences regarding FUE techniques, held live surgeries for beginner doctors, and joins important congresses and meetings about the latest developments in the FUE field.

Dr. Carolina Palacio

Dra. Palacio is a surgeon specialist in Clinical and Surgical Dermatology, with solid theoretical training, accompanied by a critical spirit in learning. Responsible, proactive and focused on professional and personal excellence, she is interested in the well-being of patients and committed to providing excellent quality service. Dra. Palacio has supra-specialty training in the area of Trichology, which includes the study, diagnosis and medical and surgical treatment of different diseases of the scalp, hair and alopecia, using the latest techniques in hair transplantation.

Dr. William Rassman

Dr. William Rassman was educated in medicine and surgery at the Medical College of Virginia, the University of Minnesota, and Cornell Medical Centers. He did a cardiovascular fellowship with Dr. C.W. Lillehei, the man who invented modern heart surgery. He served in the U.S. Army, reaching the rank of Major and served as a war surgeon in the Republic of Vietnam. The American Board of Surgery certified Dr. Rassman in 1976. Dr. Rassman is challenged by problems of any type and continues to pioneer new tools and techniques in both his hair restoration practice, in his biotechnology company and in the field of Scalp Micropigmentation (a new cosmetic technique he and his partner Dr. Jae Pak pioneered in the medical field). His innovation defining the FUE process worldwide has become the standard of care for hair transplantation today. He is motivated to make a difference in whatever he does. He strives to be the best and is never satisfied with the status quo. “There is always a better way to do it” is his motto. He is a visionary and has never allowed his goals to be limited by current thought on any subject, always thinking out of the box.

Dr. Kavish Chouhan

The co-founder and director of Dermaclinix in India, Dr. Chouhan has performed over 8,000 FUE hair transplants, and his patients include celebrities. He coordinated the IADVL PRP Task Force 2020, and is currently coordinating the IADVL SIG Trichology and Hair Transplant 2021-2022. He has been an invited speaker and workshop faculty for multiple conferences over the past decade, including the ISHRS 2013, 2016, and 2017. Dr. Chouhan has multiple publications in indexed international journals and has written chapters on hair restoration and vitiligo for books - most notably, Dr. Chouhan published the world’s first case of body hair transplant in a patient with vitiligo (JCAS April 2013).

Dr. Shadi Zari

Dr. Shadi Zari completed dermatology residency at McGill University in 2009. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and a Diplomate of the American Board of Dermatology. He has held the position of the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia and and is currently an Adjunct Professor of Dermatology at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. He has written numerous publications and book chapters, and is also the DVD co-editor of the fifth edition of the Hair Transplantation textbook. Dr. Zari has a special interest in the clinical applications of regenerative medicine for the management of hair loss and has published the largest study to date on the use of autologous cellular micrografting in the management of patten hair loss.

Dr. Christian Bisanga

Dr. Christian Bisanga received his medical degree in Surgery and Obstetrics from the Catholic University of Louvain. He completed his residency in Acute Medicine and Catastrophes at the Princesses Paola Hospital in Marche en Famenne, Belgium, before moving to the U.S.A., where he began working within the hair transplant field. Dr. Bisanga founded the BHR Clinic Brussels in 2006 and has gained experience at medical training seminars as both host and participant. Dr. Bisanga dedicates much of his time to educating fellow doctors. Dr. Bisanga takes exceptional pride in the reputation that he has earned regarding his patient first approach and his bedside manner. Dr. Bisanga speaks French, English, Swahili and Lingala fluently.

Dr. Gaurav Garg

Dr. Gaurav Garg, is dermatologist, hair transplant surgeon and dermato-surgeon. He is owner and founder of Dermalife Skin & Hair Clinic, New Delhi, India. An MD in Dermatology from Seth GS Medical College and KEM Hospital, Mumbai, India, Dr. Gaurav Garg is among the leading skin and hair specialist in Delhi. He did his fellowship in hair transplant surgery under Dr. Alex Ginzburg, Israel and fellowship in Dermato-Surgery from PGIMER, Chandigarh, India. He is a specialist in FUE Technique of hair restoration and an active member of ISHRS, AHRS, ISD, and IADVL.

Dr. Marcelo Pitchon

Author of the Preview Long Hair Transplantation technique, for hair transplantation without shaving the head - and using the patient’s long hair, 2004, published 2006, Forum HT International (and other techniques). Golden Follicle Award winner, the most important and maximum award in the world, in Hair Restoration Surgery, given in Lisbon at the ISHRS (International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery) World Congress of Hair Restoration Surgery, on October 23rd 2021. Chairman of the First International Congress of Trichology, hosted by ABCRC, the Brazilian Association for Hair Restoration Surgery, online, January 2021. Chairman of the Brazilian Congress of Hair Restoration Surgery, by ABCRC, that would be held in August 2020 in Rio de Janeiro (postponed, to 2022 , because of pandemics). Chairman of the World Congress of Hair Restoration Surgery, by ISHRS, International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery, in Las Vegas, 2016. Chairman of the Brazilian Congress on Hair Restoration Surgery, by ABCRC, in Belo Horizonte, 2010. ISHRS Board of Governors member, 2016-2022. President of ABCRC, 2009-2011. Author of several chapters and publications on the Preview Long Hair No Shave Hair Transplantation technique and on general hair transplantation, in US and Brazilian medical textbooks. Originator of the ISHRS World Hair Transplant Repair Day idea, that will take place yearly, from November 2021, all over the world, in which pro bono surgeries will be performed to help patients who were victims of botched surgeries performed by non-doctors. Plastic Surgery residency at the Mater Dei Hospital, Belo Horizonte, MG.