October 17-25
Hair Restoration SurgeryVirtual World Congress 2020
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the previously scheduled in-person meeting to occur in Panama this Oct. 2020 will now take place virtually from Oct. 17 to Oct. 25, 2020.
ISHRS Virtual World Congress

We are pleased to invite you to the 28th World Congress of the ISHRS which will take place in a virtual format. As the field of Hair Transplantation Surgery continues to evolve, we invite you to join us to discuss and learn about new findings, new research, new techniques, new pearls and ideas. We foster an intellectual, collegial, respectful, and stimulating environment, all achieved through our highly interactive event technology. Join us – the first Virtual ISHRS World Congress is not to be missed!

General Info

The first Virtual World Congress of the ISHRS will take place over 9 days and be comprised of: General Sessions, Focused Sessions (previously workshops), CSI Discussion Groups, Networking Opportunities, and Ancillary Courses will be available.

Focused Sessions

Attend up to nine sessions on topics of specific interest to you.

Exhibitor and Sponsorship Info

Companies with products and services specific to the field of hair restoration surgery are invited to participate in a robust virtual exhibit program, including new sponsorship opportunities.

Simultaneous Interpretation

One way simultaneous interpretation is available in Spanish and Mandarin for General and Focused Sessions, Industry Symposia and Welcome Drink.

Featured Guest Speakers
World renowned Featured Guest Speakers will present on important topics related to hair growth, hair regeneration, hair research, and patient care during general sessions.
Angela M. Christiano, PhD
Professor, Departments of Dermatology and Genetics & Development; Vice-Chair and Director of Research, Department of Dermatology | Columbia University, New York, NY, USA
Danielle Ofri, MD, PhD
Clinical Professor of Medicine | NYU School of Medicine, New York, NY, USA
Maksim Plikus, PhD
Editor, Experimental Dermatology; Associate Professor, Department of Developmental & Cell Biology | University of California Irvine, Irvine, CA, USA
Alexey Terskikh, PhD
Associate Professor of Neuroscience, Developmental Biology and Aging Program | Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute, La Jolla, CA, USA
World Congress Schedule
All times listed are Central Daylight Time/ Chicago. The link below can assist you in Time Zone Conversion.

Welcome to the 28th World Congress of the ISHRS! Grab your drink of choice (coffee or a cocktail), greet your colleagues for a virtual "hello!", and join us for an orientation to the virtual congress website before the formal beginning of the World Congress.

Level: All levels
Co-Directors: Jeffrey S. Epstein, MD, FISHRS | USA and Mauro Speranzini, MD | Brazil
Faculty: Russell Knudsen, MBBS | Australia; Jae Hyun Park, MD, PhD | South Korea; Piero Tesauro, MD | Italy
Session Description: Fluid, artistic hairline design is the key to elevating results for your patients. Knowledge of naturally occurring patterns in all genders can improve any surgeon’s outcomes. This session will discuss methods of and tricks for optimal hairline placement, review the state-of-the-art for hairline design, and help to develop the skills needed to consistently deliver aesthetic excellence for your patients.

Level: All levels
Director: Henrique N. Radwanski, MD | Brazil
Faculty: Marco N. Barusco, MD, FISHRS | USA; Kapil Dua, MBBS, MS, FISHRS | India; Gorana Kuka Epstein, MD | Serbia; Carlos Eduardo Leão, MD | Brazil; Jose C. Muricy, MD | Brazil; Jose Rogério Régis, MD | Brazil; Pradeep K. Sethi, MD | India; Sara M. Wasserbauer, MD, FISHRS | USA
Session Description: Hair transplantation on the scalp is only one aspect of our specialty. In the past decade, with the development of FUE, the number of surgeries involving scalp-to-eyebrow, body-to-beard, beard-to-head hair transplantation, as well as other combinations, have increased our ability to approach other areas besides the scalp. Each of these surgeries has unique technical issues and artistic considerations that beginners and accomplished surgeons need to learn. Join us for an in-depth exploration of body, brow, and beard transplantation using both FUT and FUE techniques, from some of the world’s most experienced experts.

Level: Beginner
Co-Directors: Conradin von Albertini, MD, FISHRS | Switzerland and David S. Josephitis, DO, FISHRS | USA
Faculty: Bruno F. Ferreira, MD | Portugal and Emorane Lupanzula, MD | Belgium
Session Description: Follicular Unit Excision (FUE) is performed worldwide with as many variations in technique as there are practitioners. With this much variety, how do you incorporate the best and most effective FUE into your practice? This course will review the bare bones of FUE along with the main types of machines and punches, specialized equipment, and the current standards of care in the industry. Even if you have been doing FUE for a while, this session will be an invaluable way to explore other machines, equipment, and techniques to elevate and broaden the capabilities of your practice.

Level: Intermediate
Co-Directors: Akaki Tsilosani, MD, PhD | Georgia and Robert S. Haber, MD, FISHRS | USA
Session Description: Modern hair surgeons can confirm that scars in the donor area are one of the primary decision points a patient uses to choose surgical method, and that unsightly scars are one of the most significant sources of patient dissatisfaction. This course will explore intra-operative methods for optimizing surgical scars and techniques for reducing scar visibility or treating suboptimal outcomes. Several methods will be explored including micropigmentation, surgical excision, injections, and wound healing products and protocols.

Level: All levels
Director: Gorana Kuka Epstein, MD | Serbia
Session Description: Buoyed by popular demand, scalp injections to treat hair loss have experienced a boom across the world. We hear anecdotal reports of positive outcomes from colleagues. But what does the science support? Which treatments have proven efficacious (and by what standards), and what are the (proposed) mechanisms of action? This session offers “small bites” of all the “tastiest” new research and theories for injectable treatments for hair loss. Hear the panelists share information and debate the potential of these new possible therapies.

Level: Advanced
Co-Directors: Emorane Lupanzula, MD | Belgium and Asim Shahmalak, MBBS, FISHRS | United Kingdom
Session Description: Challenging cases require advanced techniques. This course will explore a range of complex cases including the surgical techniques that can be employed to treat them. A rapid-fire video format will show in detail how these techniques are accomplished interspersed with discussions detailing the advantages and disadvantages of each. Be prepared for intellectual stimulation and to exchange ideas with other surgeons.  

Level: Advanced
Co-Directors: Marcelo Pitchon, MD | Brazil and Ricardo Lemos, MD | Brazil
Session Description: Patients have always wanted to see their results immediately and have only reluctantly submitted to having their hair shaved as part of the hair transplantation process. With dedication and a little effort, it is possible to fulfill both of these patient goals and set your practice apart in a dramatic way. Learn the fundamentals of long hair preview from the originator himself and explore the options for “no-shave” FUE in your practice. Emphasis in this course will be placed on practical knowledge to perform these types of surgeries and the technical aspects of converting your surgical processes to accommodate these specialized techniques.

Level: All levels
Director: Marie A. Schambach, MD, FISHRS | Guatemala
Faculty: Otavio Boaventura, MD | Brazil; Jean M. Devroye, MD, FISHRS | Belgium; Moonkyu Kim, MD, PhD, FISHRS | South Korea; Parsa Mohebi, MD, FISHRS | USA; Leoncio E. Moncada, MD | Venezuela; Jae Hyun Park, MD, PhD | South Korea; William R. Rassman, MD | USA; Mauro Speranzini, MD | Brazil; Luis Roberto Trivellini, MD | Paraguay;
Session Description: Implanter technology is in the process of revolutionizing graft placement. Even those practices that primarily rely on forceps for placing grafts can benefit from the new implanter designs. With all the new variety there is literally “something for everyone” in the hair transplant surgical community. This workshop will explore the specific benefits and drawbacks of each implanter design, including how they can best be integrated into individual practices.

Level: All levels
Co-Directors: Marco N. Barusco, MD, FISHRS | USA and Dow B. Stough, MD | USA
Session Description: Are you “Featured Speaker” material? Do you have interesting observations but lack the know-how to put them into published data form? This workshop will explore the “path to the podium” through sound scientific study design so you can test and prove your ideas in a way that measures up to the most rigorous statistician’s T-test. It will also cover how to create clearly written abstracts, so your data is more likely to be chosen for publication or presentation at a medical meeting like the ISHRS World Congress. This is a must-attend for those in a fellowship program or involved in training our next generation of hair medicine specialists.

Ancillary Courses
This year the Basics Course, Advanced/Board Review Course, and Surgical Assistants Program are all ancillary courses to the ISHRS World Congress and require separate registration. Learn more about the course(s) you'd like to attend by clicking on the appropriate Ancillary Course from the navigation bar above.
Register for the Virtual World Congress and Ancillary Courses
ISHRS 28th World Congress Virtual
October 17-25, 2020
Starting at $349 USD
Basics Course
August 22-23 and 29-30 (Saturday & Sunday over two weekends)
Starting at $249 USD
Advanced/Board Review Course
September 26 AND October 3
Starting at $299 USD
Surgical Assistant Program
October 18, 2020
Starting at $25 USD
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