Credentialing Committee

This committee is responsible for reviewing the applications of physicians wanting to take the written and oral ABHRS Certification Exams. It ensures that all requirements have been met and verified, and most importantly, that the applicant’s skill, knowledge and surgical judgement are at the highest level.

  • David Alpeter, MD, Chair (Board Member)
    Term expires 12/31/2022
  • Nishat Fatima, MBBS
  • Muhammad Jawad, MD
  • Rachael Kay, MBChB
  • Harshit Ranpara, MD, DVD
  • Preeti Saraswat, MBBS
  • Satya Saraswat, MBBS, MS, MCh
  • Thirumalai Vasan, MBBS, MS

Oral Exam Committee

This committee’s role is to assist the oral exam chairperson in the creation and revision of original and contemporary oral exam protocols that allow the ABHRS to assess the ability and knowledge of candidates and their safe practice of hair restoration surgery.

  • David Josephitis, DO, FISHRS, Chair (Board Member)
    Term expires 12/21/22
  • Christopher D’Souza, MBBS, Co-Chair (Board Member)
  • Waris Anwar, MD, FISHRS
  • Fanfan Chen, MD
  • Rana Irfan, MBBS, FISHRS (Treasurer)

Written Examination Committee

This committee, in close cooperation with the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners (NBOME), solicits, organizes and psychometrically validates ABHRS exam questions to be used in the intellectual and clinical evaluation of its candidates for certification. It is also tasked with continually upgrading clinical references to reflect current principles and practices supporting the highest standards for the diagnosis and treatment of hair loss conditions.

  • Steven Gabel, MD, FACS, FISHRS, Chair (Secretary)
    Term expires 12/31/22
  • Karl Hekimian, MD, Co-Chair (Board Member)
  • Aditya Gupta, MD, PhD, FISHRS
  • Greg Williams, MBBS, FISHRS (Board Member)

Item Writers

Subcommittee

This committee is comprised of ABHRS diplomates specifically trained by the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners (NBOME) in constructing valid and clinically substantiated exam questions. It is tasked with designing clinical scenarios which replicate common medical and surgical presentations as reflected in modern hair transplants surgery practices today and designing exam questions to evaluate clinical and ethical competence in aspiring physician candidates to the board.

  • Timothy Carman, MD, FISHRS (President)
  • Steven Gabel, MD, FACS, FISHRS (Secretary)
  • Ganesh Krishnan, MD, FISHRS
  • Aditya Gupta, MD, PhD, FISHRS
  • Karl Hekimian, MD (Board Member)
  • Sara Wasserbauer, MD, FISHRS (Past President)
  • Greg Williams, MBBS, FISHRS (Board Member)
  • Ken Williams, Jr., DO, FISHRS (Vice-President)

Item Editors and Fact Checkers

Subcommittee

  • Daniel McGrath, DO, FISHRS (Past President)
  • Robert Niedbalski DO, FISHRS (Past President)

Maintenance of Certification Committee

This committee, in close cooperation with the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners (NBOME), solicits, organizes and psychometrically validates ABHRS exam questions to be used in the intellectual and clinical evaluation of its Diplomates for re-certification. It is also tasked with continually upgrading clinical references to reflect current principles and practices supporting the highest standards for the diagnosis and treatment of hair loss conditions. Diplomates are eligible for re-certification every 10 years.

  • Kapil Dua, MBBS, MS, FISHRS (Board Member) Term expires 12/31/24
  • Shalini Malhotra, MBBS, DNB (Board Member)
  • Mayank Singh, MBBS, MS, MCh
  • Shady El-Maghraby, MD, MSc, FISHRS (Board Member)

Ethics Committee

This committee is responsible for monitoring compliance with ethical guidelines established for our diplomates. When a complaint is received regarding a possible violation of the ABHRS Code of Ethics, this committee implements clear and definitive procedures to thoroughly investigate and address each occurrence. Recommendation by the committee for any disciplinary action is taken to the ABHRS Board of Directors for a vote to implement definitive action.

  • Timothy Carman, MD, FISHRS, Chair (President) Term expires 12/31/22
  • Shady El-Maghraby, MD, MSc, FISHRS (Board Member)
  • Piyapas Pichaichanarong, MD
  • Mayank Singh, MBBS, MS, MCh

Marketing and Social Media Committees

This group of committees oversees the organization and communication of ongoing efforts to increase public awareness of the clinical standards of excellence ABHRS requires of its diplomates, in our goal to provide patients suffering from hair loss access to competent and ethical medical care as provided by our ABHRS Certified Physicians.

  • Shalini Malhotra, MBBS, DNB, Chair (Board Member) Term expires 12/31/24
  • Timothy Carman, MD, FISHRS (President)
  • Christopher D’Souza, MBBS (Board Member)
  • Luciano Sciacca, MD, Video Chair (Board Member)
  • Robin Unger, MD, Website Chair (Board Member)
  • Rana Irfan, MBBS, FISHRS, Social Media Chair (Board Member)
  • Waris Anwar, MD, FISHRS
  • Uzma Irfan, MBBS
  • Greg Williams, MBBS, FISHRS WhatsApp Group Chair (Board Member)

Journal Club Committee

This committee provides an unbiased, non-commercial environment to promote scientifically based and intellectually engaging ideas for the benefit of its members but ultimately for the objective to enhance the safety of the public at large. The journal club runs 3 to 4 times a year as a valuable component to the exchange of ideas between diplomates.  The ABHRS feels it is important that diplomates have a platform to share opinions and ideas about the latest breakthroughs in scientific advancements, and the journal club provides an opportunity for this level of communication.  In the past, topics that have been explored include follicular unit excision (FUE) in patients of African descent, adjunctive measures for hair loss treatments including Vitamin D, Jak inhibitors, etc., regenerative medicine techniques like PRP, new strategies for performing strip harvesting, and many other topics.

  • Samuel Lam, MD, FACS, FISHRS, Chair (Past President) Term expires 12/31/24
  • Timothy Carman, MD, FISHRS (President)
  • Steven Gabel, MD, FACS, FISHRS (Secretary)
  • Robin Unger, MD (Board Member)

Nomination Committee

This committee oversees the nominations process for the Board of Directors.

  • Timothy Carman, MD, FISHRS (President)
  • Steven Gabel, MD, FACS, FISHRS (Secretary)
  • David Alpeter, MD (Board Member)
  • David Josephitis, DO, FISHRS (Board Member)
  • Ken Williams, DO, FISHRS (Vice-President)