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John P. Cole, MD


1070 Powers Place
Alpharetta , GA
United States
Phone: (678) 566-1011
Fax: (678) 566-1957
Georgia US
Diplomate - ABHRS
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John P. Cole, MD developed his own technique of Follicular Unit Extraction. Published papers by other members of the ISHRS on their methods of FUE claim that only 25% to 27% of the patients are easy candidates for FUE. Dr. Cole finds that all patients are easy candidates for FUE. Dr. Cole encourages all patients to consider all the options for FUE and all the physicians who perform FUE. Using his methods along with the surgical instruments which he has invented for this technique, allows him to perform this minimally invasive procedure leaving no visible strip scars. He also performs the STRIP harvesting procedure, but only on those patients who fully understand the permanent, negative consequences of having strip strip surgery performed. Dr. Cole uses his method of FUE to graft strip scars so that they are less noticeable with short hair styles. Currently, there is no way to conceal the alterations in hair growth direction that occur as a result of strip surgery, however. Dr. Cole also performs body hair transplantation, BHT. It is important to recognize that body hair transplant results are considerably more variable than scalp hair transplant results. Some patients may get very good results from BHT, but most achieve only a subtle improvement. Some patients are very happy with the subtle results of BHT, but some are less enthusiastic. Dr. Cole has always recommended that patients have small sessions of BHT performed to assess their response to the procedure prior to having a larger procedure performed.

John P. Cole, MD is licensed in Florida , California , Georgia.  He practices in Georgia . Patient evaluations are done Florida and California in addition to Georgia. Dr. Cole currently performs surgeries only in Atlanta . Dr. Cole attended Mercer University on an academic scholarship from the United States Army and graduated summa cum laude. He continued on to the Medical College of Georgia, where he received his medical degree in 1985. Dr. Cole completed his postgraduate medical training at the University of Missouri in the field of internal medicine. He has dedicated his practice solely to the field of hair transplant surgery since 1990. He has maintained a private practice in hair restoration since that time. He is a member of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery, the American Society of Hair Restoration Surgery, and the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery.
Dr. Cole was among the first thirty physicians to become a Diplomat of the American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery, which is a non-ABMS board. He served on the Board of Directors and examination committee for the American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery. In the interest of sharing his knowledge to improve the field of hair transplantation, Dr. Cole has written and presented many papers, both to hair transplantation societies and at educational seminars.
Dr. Cole maintains a keen interest in development of instruments to refine hair transplantation procedures, creative research in follicular anatomy, and has developed mathematical formulas to accurately measure human performance in hair restoration surgery. In 1999 Dr. Cole was awarded a research grant from the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery for his work on regional variation in hair diameter and hair density. He presented the current findings from this research at the 2000 meeting of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery. In December 2000, Dr. Cole orchestrated the Beginner•À_s Program at the International Society of Hair Restoration•À_s annual medical conference in Hawaii whereby he trained over 75 physicians in the processes and techniques of hair transplantation. Dr. Cole is an invited speaker to the first Korean Workshop on Hair Restoration, the 2001 European Society of Hair Restoration Surgery in Barcelona, and the 2000.

Education, ISHRS Fellowship Training Programs, & Board Certifications: 

Mercer University, BS (Biology / Chemistry)
Medical College of Georgia, MD
University of Missouri Department of Internal Medicine
International Board of Hair Restoration Surgery, January 1, 1998
American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery, January 1, 1998

Memberships & Affiliations: 

American Medical Association, Member
International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery, Member
American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery, Associate Member

Publications & Presentations: 

Several in Forum on nomenclature, the use of trigonometry to accurately calculate the donor harvest, how to estimate the recipient area, how to estimate the size and number of follicular units, how to maximize donor yield, how to measure the distance between the grafts based on the density and the pattern of distribution, how to predict coverage, and predicted yield.. The chapter on Donor Harvesting for Unger's new text. A featured article in Cosmetic Surgery Times on Donor Harvesting in 1998.

Maximizing Donor yield, donor harvesting, mathematics of follicular transplantation, microscope vs loops comparison, etiology of hair loss, mustache transplantation, the metamorphic changes to surgically excised hairs, biological switches, and the physics of light. Numerous seminars across the United States on the cause and treatment of androgenic alopecia to the lay public.

Procedures Performed

Beards and Moustaches
Body hair transplantation
Burned scalp reconstruction
Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)
Medical (non-surgical) management of hair loss for men
Scar revision