General Information

Meeting Dates:
In-Person Meeting: October 27-29, 2022
Precourses take place Wednesday/October 26, 2022

On-Demand Meeting: November 15, 2022 – February 15, 2023

In-Person Meeting Location:

The Westin Playa Bonita Panama
Km 6 Camino a Veracruz
Panama City, Panama

This year’s in-person World Congress will include the usual didactic components – Pre-Congress Courses (optional) on Wednesday, General Sessions on Thursday through Saturday, Live Patient Viewing, and other optional courses and events. The Gala will take place Saturday evening.

SILATC and AMETREC will be holding an ancillary Live Surgery Workshop in the days prior to the World Congress (October 24-25, 2022).

Target Audience: Who will benefit from attending?
• 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

COVID-19 Health & Safety Information for In-Person Meeting
The ISHRS will continue to monitor the most current information available and accordingly set its health and safety policy. At the moment, the following policy presides.

Participating in the ISHRS 30th World Congress during the ongoing pandemic carries risk due to the contagious nature of the COVID-19 virus and the fact that the World Congress is held indoors with a large number of people. Attendees and guests are required to represent and warrant that they have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with a vaccine that has met the necessary criteria for safety and efficacy established by the WHO. The ISHRS relies on attendees’ and guests’ representations and does not independently verify vaccination status.

In addition, attendees and guests must agree to follow all required health and safety guidelines, protocols, policies, regulations, and mandates relating to attendance at the World Congress, including, but not limited to, World Health Organization guidelines, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, statutes, regulations, and other mandates applicable to the city of Panama City and the country of Panama, as well as any additional requirements imposed by the ISHRS or a World Congress venue (regardless of whether international, national, or local laws allow otherwise).

Attendees and guests attend the World Congress voluntarily and at their own risk. They must monitor their own health status and are not allowed to attend the World Congress if symptomatic of COVID-19 or believe they have been exposed to someone with COVID-19.

An attendee’s failure to comply with required safety protocols or follow the direction of the ISHRS staff on site may result in the loss of their right to attend or participate in the World Congress, including forfeiture of any registration fees paid.


The current rules and regulations for travel to and within Panama can be found here:

The meeting is not sanctioned for CME PRA Category 1 Credits. However, the meeting will comply as much as possible with the policies and best practices of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education. All individuals in a position to control the content of the activity, including speakers and authors, moderators, and planning committee members, will properly disclose relevant financial relationships with any commercial interests pertinent to their talk or the subject of the meeting.

A certificate of attendance suitable for framing will be provided to all delegates.


Official Language
The official language of the meeting is English. One-way English-to-Spanish simultaneous interpretation will be provided during the General Sessions on Thursday, Friday, Saturday. The Focused Sessions slotted for the general session room will also have one-way simultaneous interpretation. Attendees wishing to utilize a simultaneous interpretation headset must advance register for this option via the registration process.

Meeting Attire
The attire for the in-person educational sessions is business. Attire for the Gala is formal, with black tie optional (evening gowns and suits/tuxedos). If you prefer, as a tradition of the ISHRS, you may wear a costume reflective of your native country for the Gala.

Complimentary wifi is offered in guest rooms and the ISHRS meeting space.

Persons with Disabilities
The ISHRS fully complies with the legal requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the rules and regulations thereof. If any participant in this educational activity is in need of support services, please notify the ISHRS headquarters office at 1-630-262-5399 or as soon as possible, and preferably before October 1, 2022.

Cancellation/Refund Policy
In-person Meeting Registration:
All registration fees, less a $100.00 administration fee, will be refunded upon written notice of cancellation to the ISHRS office received on or before September 30, 2022.

There will be no refund of fees for cancellation or for lack of attendance without notification. It is your responsibility to ensure that your cancellation request has been received by the ISHRS headquarters office. All refund requests must be in writing. “No shows” who have not pre-paid will be invoiced for the total registration fee.

On-Demand Meeting Registration: All on-demand meeting registration fees, less a $100.00 administration fee, will be refunded upon written notice of cancellation to the ISHRS office received on or before October 14, 2022. No refunds will be given after this date.

2022 World Congress Scientific Planning Committee
Chair | Sara Wasserbauer, MD, FISHRS | USA
Focused Session Chair | Jae-Hyun Park, MD, PhD | Korea
M&M Chair | Christopher M. D’Souza, MBBS | United Kingdom
M&M Co-Chair | Nestor A. Pissano, MD | Spain
Live Patient Viewing Chair | Henrique N. Radwanski, MD | Brazil
Live Patient Viewing Co-Chair | Sebastián Yriart, MD | Argentina
Advanced/Board Review Course Chair | Georgios Zontos, MD, MSc, PhD, FISHRS | Denmark
Advanced/Board Review Course Co-Chair | Steven Gabel, MD, FISHRS | USA
Basics Course Chair | Jennifer Krejci, MD | USA
Basics Course Co-Chair I Otavio Boaventura, MD | Brazil
Newcomers Chair | Márcio Crisóstomo, MD, FISHRS | Brazil
Surgical Assistants Co-Chair | Laureen Gorham, RN | USA
Surgical Assistants Co-Chair | Laura Krys, RN | Spain
Immediate Past Chair | Marie Schambach, MD, FISHRS | Guatemala
Chief COVID Officer | David Perez-Meza, Lt Col Ret, MD, FISHRS | Mexico
COVID Officer | Ken Washenik, MD, PhD, FISHRS | USA

Meeting Staff
Executive Director & CME Director | Victoria Ceh, MPA
Programs Director | Melanie Stancampiano
Lead Registrar & Headquarters Manager | Kimberly Miller
Membership Manager & Registrar | Katie Masini
Registrar | Sue Reed
Registrar & Technical Support | Jeffrey Miller
Integrated Communications Manager | Blanca Stella Mejia
Project Manager | Rita Kaufman
Project Manager | Lori Skurka
Project Manager | Sheri Valskis
Project Coordinator | Isabella Ospina
Meeting & Exhibits Manager | Jule Uddfolk, CMP
Onsite Meeting Planner | Rachel Ross
Office Manager | Janice Ayarzagoitia, MA
IT Specialist | Lee Hodson
Graphic Designer | Dawn Holler Wisher

Meeting Secretariat
International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery
1932 S. Halsted St.
Suite 413
Chicago, IL 60608 USA
Tel: +1-630-262-5399
U.S. Domestic Toll-free: 1-800-444-2737
Fax: +1-630-262-1520

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