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  • Follicular Unit Transplantation
  • Follicular Isolation Technique
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  • American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery
  • ISHRS Member

International Alliance of Hair Restoration  Surgeons

International Hair Transplant Institute

International Hair Transplant Institute
2818 I-85 South Service Rd.
Charlotte, NC

Tel: 1-800-368-HAIR
Email: [email protected]


John P. Cole, MD practices in Atlanta, Georgia, Chicago, Illinois, Tampa, Florida, and Charlotte, North Carolina. Dr. Cole attended Mercer University on an academic scholarship from the United States Army and graduated summa cum laude with a degree in biology in 1981. He continued on to the Medical College of Georgia, where he received his medical degree in 1985.

Dr. Cole completed his postgraduate medical training at the University of Missouri in the field of internal medicine. He has dedicated his practice solely to the field of hair transplant surgery since 1990 He has maintained a private practice in hair restoration since that time He is a member of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery, the American Society of Hair Restoration Surgery and the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery. Dr. Cole was among the first thirty physicians to become a Diplomat of the American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery.

He serves on the Board of Directors and examination committee for the American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery In the interest of sharing his knowledge to improve the field of hair transplantation, Dr. Cole has written and presented many papers, both to hair transplantation societies and at educational seminars. He maintains a keen interest in development of instruments to refine hair transplantation procedures, creative research in follicular anatomy, and has developed mathematical formulas to accurately measure human performance in hair restoration surgery

In 1999 Dr. Cole was awarded a research grant from the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery for his work on regional variation in hair diameter and hair density He presented the current findings from this research at the 2000 meeting of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery In December 2000, Dr. Cole orchestrated the Beginner’s Program at the International Society of Hair Restoration’s Annual Medical Conference in Hawaii whereby he trained over 75 physicians in the processes and techniques of hair transplantation Dr. Cole is an invited speaker to the first Korean Workshop on Hair Restoration, the 2001 European Society of Hair Restoration Surgery in Barcelona, and the 2001 Italian Society of Hair Restoration Surgery meeting in Sicily

Dr. Cole will function as Co-chair at the Aegean meeting of hair restoration surgery in Athens, Greece this year At the 2000 International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery meeting Dr. Cole was awarded First Place by the International Society of Hair Restoration for his poster presentation entitled, “Computer Applications in Hair Transplantation.” He was named to the Research Committee of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery in 1999 Dr. Cole will function as director of the Beginners Program at the International Society Meeting of Hair Restoration Surgery meeting in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

He is in charge of the audio-visual committee of the ISHRS meeting in Puerto, Vallarta He will speak at the 2003 annual meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology in San Francisco on the subject of donor harvesting and management along with a select group consisting of only four other physicians His most recent scientific project is developing improved optics for the dissection and harvesting of white hairs using physics and lasers His most recent inventions include a follicle cutting board with fiber optic back lighting He is presently working on a recipient site counting device and a computerized fluid dynamic anesthesia delivery machine

Dr. Cole has invented several other instruments to improve the speed and efficiency of hair restoration surgery These include instruments to harvest the donor region, instruments to prepare the recipient sites, and most recently a slivering board to assist in the preparation of thin strips of donor tissue over 1 cm in length and 1 mm wide This slivering board is transparent and allows for both top and bottom lighting The combination of both improves visualization of the grafts and decreases trauma to the individual hairs The production of thin slivers speeds the production of grafts, at a rate often exceeding 450 per hour, with minimal damage to the hairs His latest inventions include a fiber optic back lighting system that allows visualization through the tissue so that all hairs are easily distinguished, a new anesthesia delivery system, a new recipient site instrument, a new ergonomic microscope base, a voice activated computerized graft counting system, and a suction device to assist in the production of recipient sites under a clean field

Dr. Cole has many appearances and interviews by local stations and national publications These include a local CBS TV interview in 1992, live radio interview regarding propecia in 1998, plastic surgery television interview in 1999, and an interview by Cosmetic Surgery Times in 1998.

ISHRS Beginners course 98, 99, 2000, 2001 Italy 1997 beginners course European 2001 Beginners course Korean Live surgery workshop 2001 Numerous physicians have traveled from Europe and the middle east to learn hair restoration surgery from Dr. Cole Dr. Cole served as the surgery research coordinator in Orlando, FL for the International Society of Hair Restoration Live Surgery Workshop in 2002 Dr. Cole is currently involved in teaching the training Fellow physicians for Medical Hair Restoration

Several in Forum on nomenclature, the use of trigonometry to accurately calculate the donor harvest, how to estimate the recipient area, how to estimate the size and number of follicular units, how to maximize donor yield, how to measure the distance between the grafts based on the density and the pattern of distribution, how to predict coverage, and predicted yield. The chapter on Donor Harvesting for Walter Unger’s new text is authored by Dr. Cole A featured article in Cosmetic Surgery Times on Donor Harvesting in 1998

1999 ISHRS Research Grant for his study on Regional Variation in Hair, 2001 Archimedes Award by the Italian Society of Hair Restoration Surgery, 2002 Michelangelo Award for Elegance and Energy, 2002 DHI 30 Year Anniversary Award for his contribution to hair research and the Aegean Masters Hair Restoration Surgery Meeting

Maximizing Donor yield, donor harvesting, mathematics of follicular transplantation, microscope vs loops comparison, etiology of hair loss, mustache transplantation, the metamorphic changes to surgically excised hairs, biological switches, and the physics of light Numerous seminars across the United States on the cause and treatment of androgenic alopecia to the lay public

Dr. Cole’s other interests include computers, electronics, flying, snowboarding, water skiing, baseball wake boarding, golf, dressage, and raising his children.

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