William H. Reed, MD
William Reed, M.D. was born in Kingsport, Tennessee. He graduated from Tulane University with a BS degree in 1969 and from Tulane University School of Medicine in 1973. Following graduation he did a surgical pathology internship and residency at Stanford University and a clinical pathology residency at University of California, San Diego. He changed his career path in 1976 by beginning to practice emergency medicine. He practiced emergency medicine in San Diego for the next nineteen years when he stopped to begin the full time pursuit of a career in hair transplantation surgery. In 1982, he broaden his interests in clinical medicine by cofounding La Jolla Medical Clinic and beginning to practice family medicine there.
Dr. Reed’s interest in hair transplantation began in 1993, when, motivated by his own hair loss, he discovered the emerging use of small hair grafts. He had two hair transplantations himself in 1994 and opened La Jolla Hair Restoration Medical Center in 1995.
Dr. Reed feels it imperative for a transplant practice to adhere to the following:
• to perform only one procedure a day
• to have the physician performing the surgery perform a thorough preoperative consultation with the patient
• to have a careful quality assurance program as part of a hair transplant practice.
• to have careful followup to assess patient satisfaction
Dr. Reed is board certified in emergency medicine. He has served on executive committees and primary care advisory committees of different IPAs (Independent Physician Associations). He is an active member of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery and their annual conferences. He has made presentations annually since 1998, has been on the faculty for its Beginner’s Workshop and has served as co-facilitator in its workshops program. He has served on its Science and Education Committee. He has also been on the faculty and has made presentations at the society meetings of the American Society of Dermatologic Surgery and the Live Surgical Workshop sponsored by the World Hair Society and the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery. He has performed studies and made presentations on the survival of minigrafts, on the comparison of survival and other parameters of follicular unit grafts produced from multi-blade harvesting/loupe dissection vs elliptical excision/microscopic dissection as a well a study assessing the use of intentional transection of the hair follicle to assess the survival, miniaturization and aesthetics of the follicle for use in feathering the hairline. Dr. Reed will contribute to two chapters in the upcoming edition of Hair Transplantation edited by Unger and Shapiro.
Dr. Reed enjoys participating in many sports as time allows: kung fu, inline skating, skiing, hiking, yoga and weight training. He enjoys studying their associated medical disciplines: sports medicine, anti-aging medicine and mind/body medicine. He enjoys reading nonfiction, particularly regarding metaphysics and science.
Dr. Reed is recommended by The American Hair Loss Association