Gary S. Hitzig, M.D., F.A.A.C.S. – American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery
While serving as a surgical resident at Cornell Medical Center, in New York, hair transplant surgeon Dr. Gary Hitzig had already lost a significant amount of his hair. He had previously spent most of his summer earnings trying every hair growth remedy on the market. In 1974 he underwent his first hair transplant surgery. The results were less than successful. In late 1975, Dr. Hitzig learned of new techniques for hair transplant surgery from an attending physician at Memorial-Sloan Kettering Institute and had his transplant redone successfully. Thrilled and fascinated by the possibilities of hair transplantation surgery, Dr. Hitzig committed his professional time and practice to hair restoration for men and women in 1976. For the next three years, while still a resident in pediatric reconstructive urology, Dr. Hitzig was also an associate attending in Plastic Surgery at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York responsible for training Plastic Surgery residents in hair transplant surgery. During the mid 1980’s Dr. Hitzig ran a training program for Dermatology residents at New York Hospital in hair restoration transplant surgery.
Dr. Hitzig has personally performed well over 30,000 hair restoration procedures in New York, NYC and Long Island. Both an innovator and inventor, Dr. Hitzig has pioneered the use of Infrared Coagulation in hair transplant surgery and recently patented the “Hitzig Linear Punch.” Dr. Hitzig has had articles published in Dermatologic Surgery and the American Journal of Cosmetic Surgery on Adjuvant Techniques in Punch Graft Hair Transplantation, Curvilinear Baldness Reduction, The Use of Infrared Coagulation in Hair Transplant and Scalp Reduction Surgery and Linear Grafting Using a Modified Slot Method.
Dr. Hitzig presents a Lifetime Achievement award to Dr. Norman Orentreich “the father of hair transplantation”. 1996 Hair Symposium, NY
Dr. Hitzig is Board Certified by the American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery and serves currently as the Medical Advisor for the Board of Directors of the American Hair Loss Council and has authored cover articles on “Scalp Camouflage after Hair Restoration Surgery” and “Linear Grafting” for the council newsletter.
Since 1986 Dr. Hitzig has been a full fellow of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery and was the Co-Chair for the 1996 Hair Symposium in New York City sponsored by the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery and presented by the American Society of Hair Restoration Surgery.
In May of 1997, Dr. Hitzig was the featured speaker at the Simposio Internacionale of Cosmetic Surgery in Santiago de Cali, Columbia with world renowned plastic surgeon Dr. Ivo Pitanguy. His consumer book on hair loss titled, “Help & Hope for Hair Loss”, published by Avon Books, has been released internationally.
In 1998 Dr. Hitzig’s patent for the Hitzig Linear Punch was approved and is now being commercially manufactured and sold to surgeons around the world.