Doctor (Medicine)
New York, NY

Carlos K. Wesley, M.D.

Hair Restoration Surgeon | Founder & CEO, Pilofocus

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Dr. Carlos K. Wesley is a double Ivy League-trained surgeon specializing in the medical and surgical treatment of hair loss for men and women. With over a decade of experience, Dr. Wesley has helped numerous patient address their hair loss concerns by combining various treatment methods customized to each individual. In addition to his private practice in New York City, he is also the founder and CEO of Pilofocus, a biomedical technology company dedicated to the development of Dr. Wesley’s patented scarless surgical hair harvesting method.

Looking back, Dr. Wesley’s interest in medicine developed at a young age. As an undergraduate at Princeton University, he studied molecular biology and led stem cell research as part of his thesis, which focused on the molecular and cellular characterization of blood-forming stem cell-specific genes. Then, at Yale School of Medicine, his focus turned toward dermatology and endothelial stem cells for his medical thesis. As Dr. Wesley recalls, it was his interest in stem cells that ultimately led him to the field of hair restoration surgery:

I was introduced to this landscape when I came across hair follicle stem cell research. I now really enjoy the field because there is a great combination of artistry and personal interaction with patients. It’s quite gratifying because hair is important to many people and something that makes a significant impact on their day-to-day lives.

After graduating from Princeton cum laude, Dr. Wesley received his medical degree from Yale University School of Medicine where he earned various awards for academic excellence. He went on to complete his internship and an emergency medicine residency in Yale’s Department of Surgery followed by fellowship training with Dr. Walter Unger through the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS).

Since beginning his practice, Dr. Wesley has established himself as a preeminent hair restoration surgeon and an innovator in surgical hair restoration treatment. In addition to his use of industry-standard procedures such as Follicular Unit Transplanting (FUT) and Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE), Dr. Wesley frequently combines platelet-rich plasma (PRP) treatments with customized medical and nutritional therapies to help patients achieve healthier hair. He even offers patients scarless surgery, a revolutionary procedure he himself developed.

When patients enter Dr. Wesley’s state-of-the-art surgical practice, they can be confident that they will be receiving the most advanced and effective hair restoration treatments available. For that reason, Dr. Wesley is often the last hope for people who have exhausted all other hair restorations options, which he notes, is one of the most challenging, yet satisfying, aspects of his practice:

It’s often the end of the line for the patients that come to me. But then they come in here, and they realize that there is an additional series of options that they haven't tried yet. It’s very gratifying to give hope to patients that were ready to throw in the towel.

As a leader in his specialty, Dr. Wesley has advanced the surgical field through his extensive research, writing, and lecturing. He has presented his findings on improving wound healing through utilization of endothelial stem cells to audiences throughout the U.S., South America, and Europe. Additionally, Dr. Wesley has lectured on various methods of hair restoration surgery at numerous international symposiums. He is also a primary author for some of the most respected plastic surgery and dermatology textbooks and has authored the central chapter on hair transplantation in the leading website for physician reference, Medscape/eMedicine.

Looking to the future, Dr. Wesley hopes to continue innovating more effective hair restoration treatments. “My plan moving forward is to keep expanding the overall knowledge in our field,” he said. “We're always pushing the envelope and discovering new strategies, not just for our own practice, but also for other surgeons around the world so they can also help patients that thought they had run out of options to improve their state of hair loss.”

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Professional Memberships & Associations

  • Diplomat, American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery (ABHRS)
  • International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS)
  • American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery (AACS)
  • International Alliance of Hair Restoration Surgeons (IAHRS)
  • American Hair Loss Association (AHLA)
  • Coalition Member Recommendation: Hair Transplantation Network
  • American Medical Association (AMA)
  • American Burn Association (ABA)
  • New York City Medical Reserve Corps (NYCMRC)

Education, Training & Certification

  • Princeton University, A.B., cum laude, Molecular Biology, 1997
    • Thesis topic: “Molecular and Cellular Characterization of Stem Cell-Specific Clones”
  • Yale University School of Medicine, M.D., 2005
    • Thesis topic: “Effects of Endothelial Progenitor Cells on Dorsal Flap Survival”
  • Yale-New Haven Hospital, Internship, Department of Surgery, 2005
  • Yale-New Haven Hospital, Residency, Department of Surgery (Emergency Medicine), 2006-2007
  • International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery, Fellowship, 2007-2008

Awards & Honors

  • Society for Academic Emergency Medicine Award for Excellence in Emergency Medicine, 2005
  • Metropolitan Life Scholarship for Academic Excellence in Medicine, 2003-2004
  • National Institutes of Health: Heart, Lung & Blood Fellowship, 2003-2004
  • American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology Chrysalis Scholarship, 2004
  • Yale School of Medicine Summer Research Scholarship, 2001
  • Princeton Project ’55 Public Service Fellowship, 1997-1998
  • SCRIPPS SURF Research Fellowship, 1997
  • Princeton Summer Research Fellowship, 1996
  • MSREP Research Fellowship, 1995
  • Herbert Allen Scholarship, 1993-1994
  • President “National BLHO Chapter of the Year” Yale School of Medicine, 2001-2002
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