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Bessam Farjo, MD – Curriculum Vitae

Bessam K Farjo, Manchester & London, England

Date of Birth: 14/12/1963                              Sex:    Male
Nationality:     British                                      Marital Status:           Married with 2 children

General Education:

1.         St. Joseph’s Primary School, Baghdad, Iraq.
2.         Assyrian Orthodox Intermediate school, Baghdad.  (1st place, 2nd year)
3.         Al-Nidhamiya Secondary School, Baghdad. (2nd place, Final year).

Undergraduate Training:

1.         University of Baghdad Medical School, 1st year 1981/82.
2.         The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

Date of Entry:  September 1982
Date of Graduation:  June 1988

Distinctions:

Physics  (Honours)
Chemistry  (Honours)
Tropical Medicine  (Honours)

Qualifications:

M.B., Ch.B., B.A.O., L.R.C.P. & S.I., F.I.C.S., F.I.T.
Diplomate, American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery (Oct 2003)
Fellow International College of Surgeons (Oct. 2001): FICS
Certificate of Efficiency in Diagnostic Radiology
Diploma in Tropical Medicine.

Hair Restoration Surgery Training:

The Hair Replacement Clinic, Scarborough, Ontario, Canada
Director:          Dr Laurence Fremont
November 1991 – May 1992

Current Status & Employment:

Hair Restoration Surgeon since 1992
Director & Co-Owner, Advanced Hair Technology Ltd (Est. 1993) –
Trading as Farjo Medical Centre:
Manchester Clinic at 101 Princess Street opened October 1992
London Clinic at 130 Harley Street opened March 1994
Manchester Clinic, Arthur House, Chorlton St, City Centre, since April 1998

Memberships & Positions:

  • President, International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS) since Sep 2007
  • Member, International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery since 1993
  • Past President and Founder Member, British Association of Hair Restoration Surgeons
  • Chair, ISHRS Ad Hoc Committee for Internet Monitoring 2002 – 2004
  • Chair, ISHRS Ad Hoc Committee for Regional Workshops 2005 – 2006
  • Vice-President, European Society of Hair Restoration Surgery 2002 – 2004
  • Member, European Hair Research Society since 2005
  • Fellow, European Academy of Cosmetic Surgery since 1998
  • Honorary Fellow, Association of Facial Plastic Surgeons since 2007
  • Fellow, Board Governor & Medical Director, Institute of Trichologists (Est 1902) since 2000
  • Founder Member, The Trichological Society
  • Editor, Trichologist journal since 2003

Presentations/Publications:

1. Oral Finasteride combined with topical 4% Minoxidil for Male Pattern Baldness

Hair Transplant Forum International – 1994 Vol 4 Issue 5

2. Total Beard Reconstruction Using Incisional Slit Grafting in a Burns Case – A World 1st

a. International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS) – 5th Annual Congress, October, 1997, Barcelona, Spain

b. European Academy of Cosmetic Surgery – 2nd Annual Congress,               April, 1998, London, England

c. Italian Society of Hair Restoration Surgery – 2nd Annual Congress,            May, 1998, Rome, Italy

d. Hair Transplant Forum International – 1998

e. The Trichologist Journal-  1999

3. Comparative Study of CO2 LASER-assisted Transplantation and Incisional Slit Grafting: The Practicalities for the Physician and Patients’ Preferences

a. International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS) – 5th Annual Congress, October, 1997, Barcelona, Spain

b. The Trichologist Journal – 1998

4. Hair Restoration Surgery & Medicine -  State-of-the-Art

a. Royal College of Surgeons In Ireland -  Class of `88 10-year Reunion,            September, 1998, Dublin, Ireland

b. Egyptian Association of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeons -  30th Annual Congress, February, 2000, Cairo, Egypt

c. European Academy of Cosmetic Surgery- 6th Annual Conference

May 2003, Vienna, Austria

d. Invited Speaker for Guys, Kings, and St. Thomas Surgical Society,                     November  2003, London, England

e. Institute of Trichologists Annual General Meeting

November 2004, London, England

f. Invited Feature Guest Flavius Clinic Seminar and Workshop

April, 2005, Istanbul, Turkey

g. Invited Speaker: British Association of Oral & Maxillo-Facial Surgeons- Annual Meeting, June, 2005, Gateshead, England

5. Digital Photography

a. International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS)  – 6th Annual Congress, September, 1998, Washington DC, USA

b. Hair Transplant Forum International – 1999

6. A Statistical Analysis of Hair Patients in the United Kingdom

International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS)  – 6th Annual Congress                                September, 1998, Washington DC, USA

7. Hair Transplants? I Don’t Do Them……. But I Know Someone Who Does!

European Academy of Cosmetic Surgery – 3rd Annual Congress                                                                April, 1999, Berlin, Germany

8. Estimating Required Graft Numbers Made Easy

a. European Society of Hair Restoration Surgery – 2nd Annual Meeting & Workshop, May, 1999, Paris, France

b. International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS)  – 7th Annual Congress, October, 1999, San Francisco, USA

c. Hair Transplant Forum International – 2000 & 2001

9. Non-Medical Counsellors……Who Needs Them?

a. International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS)  – 7th Annual Congress, October, 1999, San Francisco, USA

b. Hair Transplant Forum International – 2000

10. Approaches To Crown/Vertex Hair Restoration European Society of Hair Restoration Surgery – 3rd Annual Meeting & Workshop

June, 2000, Istanbul, Turkey

11. Featured Surgeon of the Month- 1st in UK & Europe

Hair Transplant Forum International- September/October 2000 issue

12. Donor Site Closure: A Comparative Study of Catgut vs. Vicryl Sutures

a. European Society of Hair Restoration Surgery – 3rd Annual Congress & Workshop, June, 2000, Istanbul, Turkey

b. International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery- 8th Annual Meeting

November, 2000, Hawaii, USA

13. Safe Donor Area

a. International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery- 8th Annual Meeting

Invited Lecturer for the Beginner’s Course

November, 2000, Hawaii, USA

b. Italian Society of Hair Restoration –6th Annual Congress

May, 2001, Syracuse, Sicily

Award: Archemides Prize

c. European Society of Hair Restoration Surgery- 4th Annual Congress

May, 2001, Sitges, Spain

14. Program Chairman, Workshop Director & Congress Organiser

European Society of Hair Restoration Surgery- 5th Annual Congress & Workshop, May, 2002, London, England

15. Live Surgery Instructor

a. European Society of Hair Restoration Surgery- 5th Annual Congress & Workshop, May, 2002, London, England

b. International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery- 9th Annual Surgery Workshop, March, 2003, Orlando, USA

c. International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery- 11th Annual Surgery Workshop, March, 2005, Orlando, USA

d. Invited Feature Guest Flavius Clinic Seminar and Workshop

April, 2005, Istanbul, Turkey

e. International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery- 13th Annual Congress

August, 2005, Sydney, Australia

16. Corrective Surgery: Different Strategies for Different Situations

a. International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery- 10th Annual Congress

Award: Winner for poster presentation

October, 2002, Chicago, USA

b. European Society of Hair Restoration Surgery- 6th Annual Meeting

May, 2003, Potsdam, Germany

c. Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland – 15 year Reunion

August, 2003, Dublin, Ireland

17. Digital Photography in Hair Restoration II

a. International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery- 10th Annual Congress

October, 2002, Chicago, USA

b. International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery- 9th Annual Surgery Workshop, March, 2003, Orlando, USA

c. International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery- 11th Annual Congress

October, 2003, New York, USA

18. Hair Loss in Men and Women

Invited Speaker for Creative Women’s Group

October 2002, London, England

19. Cell Therapy: UK Human Clinical Trials

a. International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery- 11th Annual Congress

October, 2003, New York, USA

b. Invited Keynote Speaker: European Hair Research Society- 11th Meeting

July, 2005, Zurich, Switzerland

20. Corrective Surgery II: Different Strategies for Different Situations

a. Italian Society of Hair Restoration – 9th Annual Congress

May, 2004, Turin, Italy

Award: Peaks in Hair Restoration Surgery 2004

b. International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery- 12th Annual Congress

August, 2004, Vancouver, Canada

c. International Society of Dermatological Surgery- 26th Annual Congress

September, 2005, Dublin, Ireland

21. Donor Closure: 5/0 Vicryl Rapide vs. 4/0 Vicryl Rapide

International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery- 12th Annual Congress

August, 2004, Vancouver, Canada

22. New British Decontamination Standards: Implications on Private Practice

f. International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery- 11th Annual Surgery Workshop , March, 2005, Orlando, USA

g. Italian Society of Hair Restoration- 10th Annual Congress, June,  2005,        Modena, Italy

Award: Premio Ghirlandina

h. International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery- 13th Annual Congress

August, 2005, Sydney, Australia

23. Establishment and Characterization of Immortalized Balding Dermal Papillae (IBDP) Cell Lines by HTERT. (Authors: Bahta, N Farjo, B Farjo, Baksh, Bull, Philpott)

Poster presentation, William Harvey Day, Barts and London Hospital

October 2004, London, England

24. Pre & Post Operative Instructions

International Society of Dermatological Surgery- 26th Annual Congress

September, 2005, Dublin, Ireland

25. A Core Curriculum for Hair Restoration Surgery, Recommended by the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (Authors: E Epstein, J Epstein, B Farjo, S Kabaker, R Leonard, A Mangubat, C Puig, M Ross, D Rousso, D Stough, W Unger)

Journal of Dermatology Surgery original paper

December, 2005

Conferences and Seminars attended:

1.      1st Annual Conference of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery.                               Dallas, Texas                          April, 1993

2.      2nd Annual Conference of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery.                              Toronto, Canada                       September, 1994

3.      Course: LASER-assisted hair transplantation and LASER skin resurfacing at Massachusetts General Hospital Dermatology Laser Centre.                                                  Boston, Massachusetts          March, 1995

4.      Advances in Cosmetic Dermatology and Surgery of the Face, Head and Neck. Royal Society of Medicine, London               June, 1995

5.      3rd Annual Conference of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery.                              Las Vegas, USA                 September, 1995

6.      2nd Annual Conference of the Italian Society of Hair Restoration Surgery.                                        Rome, Italy                                    May, 1996

7.      4th Annual Conference of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery.                              Nashville, USA                 September, 1996

8.      5th Annual Conference of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery                               Barcelona, Spain               October, 1997

9.      2nd Annual Conference of the European Academy of Cosmetic Surgery                                          London, England                       April, 1998

10.  4th Annual Conference of the Italian Society of Hair Restoration Surgery                                          Rome, Italy                                    May, 1998

11.  6th Annual Conference of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery                               Washington DC, USA             October, 1998

12.  3rd Annual Conference of the European Academy of Cosmetic Surgery                                          Berlin, Germany                     April, 1999

13.  2nd Annual Conference of the European Society of Hair Restoration Surgery                                  Paris, France                         May, 1999

14.  7th Meeting of the European Hair Research Society

York, England                          September, 1999

15.  7th Annual Conference of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery                               San Francisco, USA                       October, 1999

16.  30th Annual Conference – Egyptian Association of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery                      Cairo, Egypt                           February, 2000

17.  3rd Annual Conference of the European Society of Hair Restoration Surgery                                   Istanbul, Turkey             June, 2000

18.  8th Annual Conference of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery                               Hawaii, USA                             November, 2000

19.  7th Annual Conference of the Italian Society of Hair Restoration

Syracuse, Sicily                      May, 2001

20.  4th Annual Conference of the European Society of Hair Restoration Surgery

Barcelona, Spain                    May, 2001

21.  9th Annual Conference of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico           October, 2001

22.  6th Annual Conference of the European Academy of Cosmetic Surgery

Vienna, Austria                        May 2002

23.  5th Annual Conference of the European Society of Hair Restoration Surgery

London, England                     June, 2002

Program Chairman

24.  10th Annual Conference of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery

Chicago, USA                         October, 2002

25.  9th Annual Surgery Workshop, International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery

Orlando, USA                          March, 2003

26.  6th Annual Conference of the European Society of Hair Restoration Surgery

Potsdam, Germany                May, 2003

27.  Emergency Life Support Course sponsored by the Brit Assoc. of Hair Rest. Surgeons                  Birmingham, UK                     September, 2003

28.  11th Annual Conference of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery

New York, USA                       November, 2003

29.  9th Annual Conference of the Italian Society of Hair Restoration

Turin, Italy                                May, 2004

30.  12th Annual Conference of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery

Vancouver, Canada                August, 2004

31.  11th Annual Surgery Workshop, International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery

Orlando, USA                          March, 2005

32.  Annual Flavius Clinic Surgery Workshop

Istanbul, Turkey                       April, 2005

33.  10th Annual Conference of the Italian Society of Hair Restoration

Modena, Italy                           June, 2005

34.  Annual Meeting of the British Association of Oral & Maxillo-Facial Surgeons

Gateshead, England               June, 2005

35.  11th Meeting of the European Hair Research Society

Zurich, Switzerland                 July, 2005

36.  13th Annual Conference of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery

Sydney, Australia                    August, 2005

37.  26th Annual Congress of the International Society of Dermatological Surgery

Dublin, Ireland                         September, 2005

38.  12th Annual Surgery Workshop, International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery

Orlando, USA                          March, 2006

39.  12th Meeting of the European Hair Research Society

London, UK                             July, 2006

40.  14th Annual Conference of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery

San Diego, USA                      October, 2006

41.  2nd International Conference, Romanian Association of Plastic Surgeons

Sinaia, Romania                     October, 2006

42.  1st Annual Seminar, International Hair Research Foundation

Milan, Italy                                January, 2007

43.  12th Annual Conference of the Italian Hair Research Society

Milan, Italy                                May, 2007

44.  1st Hair Surgery Workshop, Polish Association of Plastic Surgeons

Poznan, Poland                      September, 2007

45.  15th Annual Conference of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery

Las Vegas, USA                      September, 2007

46.  2nd Annual Seminar, International Hair Research Foundation

Milan, Italy                                March, 2008

Media:

  • ‘Manchester Confidential’ web magazine feature 2008
  • BBC South East TV Feature on two Farjo female patients 2008
  • Channel M TV Breakfast Show interview 2008
  • BBC TV 2007 documentary ‘I Hate My Bald Head’.
  • Sky TV’s Discovery Home & Health 2005 Programme, ‘Wish You Were Hair’, featuring actor Shaun Williamson’s (of Eastenders fame) hair transplant by Drs Farjo
  • Extensive features on the above in the Daily Mail, News of the World and ITV.
  • Sky TV’s Discovery Home & Health 2005 Programme, ‘Sex Change’, creating a female hairline in a gender re-assignment patient.
  • Hair Restoration documentary filmed in 2002, broadcast on Channel 4 in 2003 titled ‘Bald’
  • Expert on BBC3’s documentary on Elton John and Hair loss 2003.
  • BBC Television documentary on hair transplant surgery on BBC TV 2001
  • Features on BBC’s Kilroy and Health Watchdog, ITV’s This Morning and Gabrielle
  • Granada TV, various BBC Radio stations, London’s LBC Radio and Asian Sound Radio as experts on hair restoration surgery.
  • Articles in The Times, Daily Telegraph, Independent, Guardian, Daily Mail, Daily Express, Aesthetic Medicine, Stockport Times, Bournemouth Echo, Hair International, She Magazine, Weekly News and others.

Past Medical Employment:

General Surgery/Accident & Emergency Medicine House Officer

Our Lady’s Hospital In Navan, Co Meath, Ireland

July 1 – December 31, 1988

General Medicine/Endocrinology House Officer

Beaumont Hospital, Dublin

January 1 – March 31, 1989

Nephrology House Officer

Beaumont Hospital, Dublin

April 1 – June 30, 1989

Neurosurgery Senior House Officer

Beaumont Hospital, Dublin

July 1 – December 31, 1989

Accident and Emergency Senior House Officer

Beaumont Hospital, Dublin

January – June 1990

Orthopaedic Surgery Senior House Officer

Royal Lancaster Infirmary, Lancaster

February – July 1991

Accident & Emergency Senior House Officer

Royal Preston Hospital, Preston, Lancs

August 1991 – January 1992