The International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS), a global non-profit medical association and a leading authority on hair loss treatment and restoration, elected Ken Washenik, M.D., Ph.D., FISHRS, as president. The announcement took place at the ISHRS 24th World Congress in Las Vegas, and he begins the new role immediately.
Washenik is chief medical officer of Bosley Medical Group, a practice focused on medical hair restoration and hair loss solutions. Washenik has been on the ISHRS board for five years and in his new role, he will be leading 1,200 members across 70 countries worldwide. The ISHRS offers continuing medical education to physicians who specialize in hair transplant surgery and promotes and funds research in the area of hair restoration. "The ISHRS is dedicated to achieving positive patient outcomes by educating physicians about the latest medical and surgical treatments for patients who are suffering from hair loss. Washenik is respected both in the world of dermatologic research involving hair loss, as well as hair restoration surgery. He brings with him valuable knowledge and experience in hair loss solutions. Our physicians will greatly benefit from his recognized leadership and expertise," says Sharon Keene, M.D., a past president of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery.
Washenik has published scientific and medical articles in peer review journals including Endocrinology, Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, Archives of Dermatology, The Lancet and The New England Journal of Medicine to help further education and collaboration within the field. "Suffering from hair loss is much more than just an aesthetic issue,” says Washenik. “Being elected as the new ISHRS President is a great honor and an opportunity to continue to enhance the professional educational offerings of the ISHRS and to raise awareness of new procedures and medical treatments that will help patients with hair loss.”