“Will I ever get my hair back?” is the most common question Dr. Jerry Shapiro hears from his patients.

And that makes sense. As one of the world’s leading hair loss experts and a professor of dermatology at the NYU School of Medicine, he knows the condition inside and out and has dedicated his career to helping people suffering from hair loss.

In addition to seeing patients, teaching at NYU, authoring 150 (!) peer-reviewed papers and three books, he’s also a Keeps advisor. That means he partners with our team at Keeps to make sure we’re providing the best possible experience and education for men dealing with male pattern baldness—from the initial doctor consultation to the articles you’re reading on Learn. Yep, when we say we’re expert-backed, we mean it.

Tell us about your education and background

My undergraduate degree is from McGill University in Montreal, I completed my residency at the University of British Columbia, and I’ve been working at NYU since 2007 as a practicing dermatologist and Professor of Dermatology working exclusively with hair loss patients.

I’m the only dermatologist in the United States who specializes in medical hair loss.

What inspired you to get into hair loss?

I got into hair loss because there was a real need for doctors to specialize in the condition. When I got started, there were no doctors in Canada doing it at all. The head of my department asked me to be the first and it became very successful

And what motivates you to keep treating people for hair loss?

I’m still motivated because there’s always new technologies in the field, not to mention I like meeting patients, learning about their hair loss, and finding the right treatment plan for them.

What’s your favorite hair fact?

There are 100,000 hairs on a person’s head.

What’s the most common hair loss myth you hear?

That hair loss comes from hats.

What should someone do if they’re experiencing hair loss?

They should seek out help with a physician who can help them make a diagnosis and come up with the appropriate treatment plan.