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Nilofer Farjo - President of the ISHRS

Dr Nilofer Farjo appointed as the new President of the ISHRS at the hybrid 29th World Congress

Last month, our very own Dr Nilofer Farjo was appointed as the new President (29th) of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS) – the leading authority on hair loss treatment and restoration.

The appointment took place at the ISHRS’s hybrid 29th World Congress in Lisbon, Portugal, which ran from Thursday 21st to Saturday 23rd October.


Victoria Ceh, MPA (ISHRS Executive Director), Paul McAndrews, MD, FISHRS (28th President ISHRS), Nilofer Farjo, MBChB, FISHRS (29th President ISHRS), Bradley Wolf, MD, FISHRS (Secretary ISHRS), Francisco Jimenez, MD, FISHRS (27th President ISHRS)


Dr Nilofer becomes only the third female President in the 30-year history of the ISHRS, and the first woman from the UK and Europe to take on the prestigious role.

This past year, Dr Nilofer has held the position of Vice President on the 2020-2021 ISHRS Board of Governors, so the assentation President is a very deserved one. It is a testament to her commitment and dedication to the ISHRS, its core values and its mission.

The only other person to hold the title of President of the ISHRS from the UK is Dr Bessam Farjo, Dr Nilofer’s husband and co-founder of The Farjo Hair Institute, who became the 15th President in 2007.


This image features several past presidents of the ISHRS, including our very own Dr Bessam Farjo (far right)


What is the ISHRS?

The International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS) is a global non-profit medical association and the leading authority on hair loss treatment and restoration.

With more than 1,200 members throughout 70 countries worldwide, the ISHRS is dedicated to achieving excellence in patient outcomes by promoting the highest standards of medical practice, medical ethics, and research in the medical hair restoration industry.

What is the mission and vision of the ISHRS?

The mission of the ISHRS is to achieve excellence in medical and surgical outcomes by promoting member education, international collegiality, research, ethics and public awareness. The vision is to establish the ISHRS as a leading unbiased authority in medical and surgical hair restoration.

What is the World Congress event?

The World Congress is the ISHRS’s annual meeting which offers unmatched educational opportunities for hair restoration physicians.

It provides an opportunity for many to reconnect with their colleagues from across the world, participate in the discussion of several hot topics and attend many talks discussing the latest surgical techniques and the most recent advances in biological research on hair follicle regeneration.

Why was this year’s World Congress classed as a ‘hybrid’ event?

The term ‘hybrid’ refers to the fact that the ISHRS held an in-person meeting in Lisbon, Portugal and that an online, on-demand virtual platform will be available in the coming weeks.

All who attend the world congress are encouraged to participate in the sharing of new findings, research, techniques and ideas.

What was included in the event?

The three-day meeting was packed with different activities that covered the entire spectrum of hair restoration surgery.

It consisted of 10 different General Sessions, including a session on COVID-19 and Hair Loss. Several sessions focused on surgical techniques, innovations, careful aesthetics when extracting and placing, and updates on biologics and new treatments.

In-person attendees were also able to participate in four specialised Focus Sessions, a Morbidity & Mortality (M&M) Conference and other social events.

Who was the event aimed at/would benefit from attending a World Congress event?

  • Experienced hair restoration surgeons
  • Physicians with an interest in hair restoration surgery who are new to the field
  • Surgical assistants, technicians, and other office personnel employed by ISHRS Physician Members and Pending Members

Where can I find out more about the ISHRS’s hybrid 29th World Congress?

To learn more about the ISHRS or the congress, visit the ISHRS website.

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