P. Cole, MD practices in Atlanta, Georgia, Chevy Chase, Maryland,
Cleveland, Ohio, and Charlotte, North Carolina. Dr. Cole attended
Mercer University on an academic scholarship from the United
States Army and graduated summa cum laude with a degree in
biology and chemistry in 1981. 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.
He serves 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
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’s
Program at the International Society of Hair Restoration’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 2001 Italian Society of Hair
Restoration Surgery meeting in Sicily. Dr. Cole will function
as Co-chair at the Aegean meeting of hair restoration surgery
in Athens, Greece in 2002. At the 2000 International Society
of Hair Restoration Surgery meeting Dr. Cole and Dr. Devroye
were awarded First Place by the International Society of Hair
Restoration for his poster presentation entitled, "Computer
Applications in Hair Transplantation." Dr. Cole was awarded
the Archimedes Award in 2001 and the Michelangelo Award in
2002 by the Italian Society of Hair Transplant Surgery. He
was named to the Research Committee of the International Society
of Hair Restoration Surgery in 1999. Dr. Cole functioned as
director of the Beginners Program at the International Society
Meeting of Hair Restoration Surgery meeting in Puerto Vallarta,
Mexico. He is in charge of the audio-visual committee of the
ISHRS meeting in Puerto, Vallarta. His most recent scientific
project is developing improved optics to the dissection and
harvesting of white hairs using physics and lasers. Dr. Cole
is chairman of the International Society of Hair Restoration
Surgery meeting in Chicago, Illinois.
Dr. Cole has invented numerous instruments to improve the
speed and efficiency of hair restoration surgery. These include
instruments to harvest the donor region, instruments to prepare
the recipient sites, and most recently a translucent slivering
board to assist in the preparation of thin strips of donor
tissue over 1 cm in length and 1 mm wide. This slivering board
is transparent and allows for both top and bottom fiberoptic
lighting. The combination of both improves visualization of
the grafts and decreases trauma to the individual hairs. The
production of thin slivers speeds the production of grafts,
approaching a rate of 450 per hour, with minimal risk of damage
to the hairs.
Teaching: ISHRS Beginners course 98, 99, 2000, 2001. Italy
1997 beginners course. European 2001 Beginners course. Korean
Live surgery workshop 2001. Numerous physicians have visited
Dr. Cole for advanced training in hair transplant surgery.
Dr. Cole's office is always open to those wishing to advance
the field of hair transplant surgery. Dr. Cole Served on the
faculty of the WHRS 1999 and 2002.
Articles: Dr. Cole has published several articles in the
Hair Transplant 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.. ;He co-authored the chapter on Donor Harvesting for
Dr. Walter Unger’s new text entitled Hair Transplantation.
Dr. Cole was interviewed by Cosmetic Surgery Times on Donor
Harvesting in 1998, which resulted in a featured article.
Presentations: 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, geometry of scalp reduction surgery, and the physics
of light. Dr. Cole has held numerous seminars across the United
States on the cause and treatment of androgenic alopecia to
the lay public.
Dr. Cole’s other interests include computers, electronics,
flying, snowboarding, water skiing, snow skiing, baseball,
wake boarding, golf, dressage, and raising his children.