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Matt Leavitt, DO, FAOCD
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Dr. Matt Leavitt is a board-certified dermatologist and the Founder and Chief Medical Officer of Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery (ADCS), the country’s largest dermatology practice. Additionally, he is Founder and Chairman of Ameriderm, a division that provides billing and collections services for dermatology practices outside of ADCS.

Dr. Leavitt also founded Medical Hair Restoration (MHR), which he grew into national practice for surgical hair transplantation that became the second largest hair restoration practice in the country. Dr. Leavitt now holds the office of Executive Medical Advisor with Bosley, the largest hair restoration group in the world, due to the merger of MHR and Bosley.

Dr. Leavitt has served as President of the American Osteopathic College of Dermatology (AOCD) and as Advisor and Trustee for the North American Academy of Cosmetic and Restorative Surgery. He is a founding father of the American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery, where he served as its first vice president. The group administers board examinations and establishes standards for hair transplant surgeons. He was also the founder of the World Hair Society. Additionally, Dr. Leavitt was one of the founding members and is currently the president, of the Hair Foundation.

As clinical advisor for Merck Pharmaceutical, Dr. Leavitt was among the original physicians selected to study the effects of the hair-growth drug Propecia on hair transplantation. Dr. Leavitt is currently a member of the advisory boards and national speaker for Abbott and Allergan, both pharmaceutical companies specializing in dermatology products. Formerly, he was a member of the advisory boards of Pfizer (now Johnson & Johnson) Consumer Health, manufacturers of Rogaine. He was selected by the National Educational Foundation to train other physicians nationwide on the use of Botox and was a member of Connetic’s Clinical Advisory Board, a company noted for its development of skin, dermatology and scalp related medications. Since 2005, Dr. Leavitt has served as a special consultant to Lexington International, manufacturers of the Hairmax LaserComb.

Dr. Leavitt currently is a Clinical Assistant Professor in Dermatology for University of Central Florida, University of Florida and NOVA Southeastern University. Additionally, he is a preceptor for NOVA University’s Physician Assistant Training Program. He is often requested to speak at Dermatology Grand Rounds at the University of Florida and the Florida Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants.

Dr. Leavitt’s vision led to the development of Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery’s research division which has undertaken numerous studies for major pharmaceutical companies.

Dr. Leavitt is recognized both nationally and internationally as an accomplished author, clinical researcher, surgeon and lecturer on the subject of hair loss. He has been sought after to speak on hair loss and dermatology to diverse groups amongst which are the AOCD, American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery, American Academy of Dermatology, American Hair Loss Council, Premier Hair Show, European Cosmetic Surgeons, ISHRS, Masters Teaching Workshop in Mexico, the Multi-Specialty Foundation for Facial Aesthetic Surgical Excellence and the American Association of Anti-Aging.

Dr. Leavitt’s physician group was originally selected to research and evaluate the CO2 laser and again chosen as a beta site to study the practicality and use of the Erbium laser on hair transplantation. He was the 2002 recipient of the prestigious ‘Golden Follicle,’ an award presented by nomination from an elite group of leaders and peers involved in hair transplantation surgery, known as the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS), and selected for two consecutive years for the Milestone Award by the Italian Society of Hair Restoration. In 2002, he was also elected to the Board of Governors of the ISHRS, where he served until 2009.

Dr. Leavitt is a founder and 17 time chairman of the annual Live Surgery Workshop, which is acclaimed worldwide for its scope of training doctors in hair transplant and cosmetic surgery, its scientific presentations by the Who’s Who in the field of hair research and cosmetic procedures and for the showcasing of innovative surgical techniques, procedures and patented instruments. Dr. Leavitt is credited with originating ‘crosshatching,’ and the ‘zipper’ closure, techniques used in hair transplantation as well as inventing several surgical instruments. He has received three research grants from ISHRS and was a recipient of two educational monographs where he collaborated with a group of other physicians to develop teaching and instructive programs for doctors.

Dr. Leavitt has penned numerous articles for dermatology, hair and cosmetic journals and has served three times as editor for special hair loss editions of the International Journal of Cosmetic Surgery. He published a chapter on “Corrective Hair Surgery” in the first edition of Hair Restoration, a medical textbook, and a chapter on “Follicle Facts” in the fourth edition of the book. In 2004, he authored chapters on “Scalp Anatomy” and “The Consultation Process” in the fourth edition of another textbook, Hair Transplantation. He is also the author of three chapters in the upcoming 5th Edition of Hair Transplantation and published a chapter on LLLT (low-level laser therapy) in the laser textbook, Lasers and Non-Surgical Rejuvenation. He has also published for the consumer, Women and Hair Loss: A Physician’s Perspective, which has been reviewed and acclaimed by such readers as Richard Simmons, and referenced as a source material in medical books.

Dr. Leavitt has been interviewed by Forbes, Men’s Vogue, Parents Magazine, International Herald Tribune, MD News, Cosmetic Surgery Times, 20/20, WGN radio, New Beauty, Healthy Aging, Playboy, MuscleMag and Men’s Health. He has appeared on America’s Health Network, CBS’s “The Early Show,” The Learning Channel, plus numerous local news programs nationwide. He has been interviewed by the Orlando Business Journal and USA Today regarding the Hairmax Lasercomb as well as appearing on NBC iVillage regarding acne and skin care. Most recently, Dr. Leavitt has been selected by ACG (the Association for Corporate Growth) for the 2010 award for outstanding corporate business. The Florida Medical Business Journal selected Dr. Leavitt as the recipient of the Physician Business Leadership award in 2003, and deemed his Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery offices as the “Best Dermatology Practice” in 2004. Florida Business Week has honored the dermatology practice several times for its management, patient care and for Dr. Leavitt’s achievements. He has co-sponsored five annual charity golf tournaments benefiting Ronald McDonald House and the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation (CCFA) in Orlando, Florida. In 2009, he was asked to be Chair of the CCFA Take Steps chapter in Orlando, a post he continues to hold.

A graduate of the University of Michigan and Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Leavitt completed his residency at Ohio University Grandview Medical Center.

Female Hair Loss


  1. Discuss and identify the various causes and etiology of female hair loss
  2. Discuss and identify treatments and/or therapies for female hair loss
  3. Discuss hair transplantation as a treatment for female hair loss and determine when it is appropriate


  1. New advances in dermatologic treatment.
  2. New methods of diagnosis or treatment.
  3. Availability of new medication(s) or indication(s)


  1. 4th ed. Hair transplantation, Unger, pgs. 516-524. 
  2. 5th ed. Hair transplantation, Unger, pg 37. 

Core Competencies: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

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