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August 2017

Norman Orentreich, The Father of Hair Transplantation

Author Affiliations
  • 1University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore
  • 2Department of Dermatology, Mercy Medical Center, Baltimore, Maryland
JAMA Dermatol. 2017;153(8):837. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2017.2097

For centuries, people have been attempting to find a remedy for baldness. While the origins of modern-day hair restoration stem from work done in Japan in the 1930s, it was not until several decades later that these innovations came to light in the West. Norman Orentreich, MD, a New York dermatologist, began to experiment with treatments for vitiligo and male pattern baldness at New York University’s Skin and Cancer Hospital, and in 1952 he performed the first hair transplantation surgery specifically for treating male pattern baldness.1 He not only introduced a hair transplantation technique but also presented a physiological basis for its use.

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