Dr. Unger was a Clinical Professor in the Department of Dermatology at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, New York (2002- April 2019), and was an Adjunct Professor (Dermatology) at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine from 2003 to 2007. He has published numerous articles in medical journals and has been invited to deliver scientific papers at over 150 medical meetings throughout the world, the last four at the June 2015 World Congress of Dermatology, where he was also Chairman of the section of the meeting devoted to hair restoration surgery. He has written or co-authored 42 chapters on hair transplantation for dermatology and plastic surgery medical textbooks, fifteen of them from 2006 to 2019, and is currently co-writing 4 chapters for 4 more textbooks. Nobody has remotely been honored by so many requests to author textbook chapters. His original textbook, Hair Transplantation, a multi-author work, has been widely considered the standard reference text for hair transplant surgeons from the publication of the first edition, 1979 to the fifth published in 2011; it has been translated in Spanish, Korean and Chinese. He has been listed in Castle Connolly’s “Top Doctors”: New York from 2007 to 2019 and has served on many journal editorials. Dr. Richard Shiell, at the time, the editor of Hair Transplant Forum International, the official publication of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery, wrote this about Dr. Unger:
“When the history of hair restoration surgery is written in future years, the outstanding giant of our profession in this first half century will most likely not be a Japanese pioneer or some North American surgical entrepreneur, but Walter P. Unger, MD, a dermatologist from Toronto, Canada. His talents have shone like a beacon for over 20 years and his influence has been immense. We have all bathed in his illuminating insights while we avidly read his three books, 26 textbook chapters, and innumerable scientific papers.”
Dr. Unger practiced and lived in New York and Toronto with his wife Marcia until April 2019, when he retired from active practice. This website has been updated in 2020 for education purposes for doctors and especially for prospective patients. They have eight children. Dr. Unger’s past-times include: swimming, golf, travel, reading, and spending time at his farm.
Walter P. Unger
M.D., F.R.C.P. (C)., F.A.C.P., A.B.H.R.S.
Last Teaching Appointment:
Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, New York, USA
Clinical Professor, Department of Dermatology
Director, Hair Restoration Surgery Resident and Fellowship Program
Mt. Sinai Hospital, New York, USA Until June 2019
Planning Principles: Good Short and Long-Term Planning in Hair Transplantation
Despite having been previously asked to write chapters on hair transplanting for 38 dermatologic and plastic surgical textbooks over the last few decades (the last three since 2012) and editing or co-editing five multi-authored textbooks entirely devoted to that subject (the last one in 2011), I have essentially not written for the general public. I have always assumed that by writing for physicians, the contents of those publications would indirectly reach and help the largest number of people who aren’t physicians.
The world has changed however. We now have the internet and I might well have accomplished that goal more effectively by paying more attention to it, rather than medical textbooks!